Redecorating your home may either be one of the best experiences or an incredible slog, depending on how much enthusiasm and preparation you go in with. Whether you’re replacing your entire list of possessions or just making minor adjustments to one of your rooms, making sure that you do it right is definitely important.
If your attempt at decorating your home is half-hearted, you’ll end up losing money and, more importantly, you’ll have to deal with a possibly oppressive interior for a long time to come.
But where do you even start planning? Do you need the help of an interior designer or some 3D design tool to ensure that your home looks just right? We’re here to tell you that you don’t and offer you some guidelines on how you can do it on your own. If you
Settle on a focal point
Every room needs a focal point. Without something to draw the eye, the room’s composition will completely fall apart, resulting in an interior that’s chaotic and not at all welcoming. This is at once the hardest part, but also the easiest part, as once you find a focal point, be it a fireplace, table, bookshelf, or even just a wall painted a different colour, all you have to do is make sure the rest of the room compliments it and you’re golden. It’s what will dictate the primary colours of your room, as well as the general style and shapes of the other furniture.
Make sure your measurements are on point
Once you’ve already come up with a focal point, it’s time to decide how you’ll arrange all the modern UK furniture you’ve purchased. While it might seem that making a truly stunning arrangement is hard, all you really need to do is follow a few basic mathematical rules.
- keep your coffee table at least 15’’ away from the sofa – you want to have that legroom,
- if you decide to put a rug underneath your furniture, make sure you have 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all sides. On that note, don’t pick a rug that’s too small – if it’s so small that it’s barely noticeable, that means there’s no actual point to it being there,
- in order to calculate optimal TV distance, multiply the diagonal of your TV by two to get the ideal distance between your TV and your seating area.
Use the rule of odd numbers to your advantage
When it comes to arranging the accessories in your home, you’re best sticking to the rule of odd numbers. The basic principle behind this is that the easiest way to create a harmonious arrangement is by putting together items in odd numbers, as the term would suggest. So, for example, three candles – preferably of different heights – would definitely look pleasant. Of course, this won’t work every time, and there may be instances where you’re better off using even numbers, so you need to use your own best judgment to determine how to arrange your accessories.
Don’t forget about negative space
Minimalism is on the rise right now. More and more people are advising others to remove any unnecessary pieces from their decor, which in turn exposes walls, shelves, and other areas of your interior that is referred to as “negative space”. But just because there’s nothing there doesn’t mean it can’t be a statement all its own. Make sure every instance of negative space is intentional, create some cool shapes to really change the ambience of your room without really adding anything.
Layer your lighting
The important thing about lighting is that it’s not a monolith. Sometimes a lamp is just a lamp, but sometimes it can be so much more. There are lights that are used for specific tasks, e.g. hanging lights over cabinets that make it easier for you to prepare your meals, as well as ambient or general lighting. Lastly, there are accent lights that are purely decorative in nature. It’s up to you to determine how these various types of lighting complement each other and finding out the most effective way to ensure that can make a world of a difference.
Natural sunlight is a game-changer
While artificial lighting is important, it’s sunlight that you really need to consider if you want your home to be pleasant. While curtains can definitely be a nice accent, heavy drapes probably aren’t a good idea if you want your home to feel light and airy. Prioritize big windows and light curtains in light colours in order to make sure that your home is sun-kissed as often as possible.
Make sure your artwork is to scale
If you have excessively tall walls, a small piece of artwork will look ridiculous – if it is noticed at all, that is. This ties into the point we made about negative space earlier – think about how the artwork fills out space around it and complements the neighbouring furniture and choose a way to display it that feels the most appropriate in the context.
Harmonize everything – starting with the front door
Cohesion is the key to a well-designed home. You can’t just have every room be a random colour and hope for the best – that would make it all feel chaotic. You will want to stick to a theme and be sure you introduce that theme as early as your front door. Is most of your interior modern and glossy? A high-gloss door is for you. Are you sticking to a more classical or Victorian-era style? That’s the kind of door you want, then.
Don’t be afraid to let loose and experiment
Finally, the most important thing you should have in mind when decorating your home is that you shouldn’t be afraid to let your creativity loose. There are countless guides online, not unlike ours, that will tell you to do this or that, but the truth is that your home is yours alone, and you’re free to express yourself in it in whatever way suits you the best. Try new, risky elements as your focal point, don’t be afraid to mix and match colours. Chances are you’ll start a trend of your own. Be creative, always!