Sometimes we have grand ideas or vague desires when it comes to decorating our homes but no clear strategies to keep us focused. This can lead to rooms in the house that feel confused, cluttered and cramped. There are several decorating strategies you can keep in mind as you plan and work to avoid making common mistakes and some of those are outlined below.

Decorating Strategies

#1 Think about creating layers of color and texture

Try to stick to the three color rule when deciding on the color scheme of each room so that the room is not too busy and difficult on the eyes. Remember to think about the lighting in the room when you are looking at colors, paint looks different in natural lighting compared to electrical lighting. Also think about adding different textures into the room too with careful use of rugs, window furnishings, furniture as well as accessories like mirrors, lighting fixtures and so on. For example you might have in your kitchen an island that can be pulled out or tucked away in a bright pop of color like red and is topped with bamboo. Finding a fabric you really like as a great way to improve a room and you can use it to draw inspiration from for color or theme.

layers-of-color Layers of color

#2 Decorative aspects of the room can be from practical items

For a room like the kitchen there are practical needs that cannot be ignored. But these can also be things that look good and add to the design or style of the room. Pots that you use for cooking can be hung from hooks above the island as decoration. A rug you lay down because the floor is too cold can be a bright pop of color and warmth. Choose decorative salt and pepper shakers and keep them out on a shelf for people to see.

pratical-items Decorate with everyday items

#3 Do not just fill your house with furniture that has no meaning to you

When you are moving in to a new home the need to fill that home with something can be hard to ignore but resist it you should. By far better than ordering in new pieces would be to build a collection of furniture that means something to you. A piece from a relative you have always loved, an antique you see in a store, a chair you find at a flea market and so on. When things in your house have meaning to you it adds more to the house than just filling in spaces.

weird-decorating Weird decorating

#4 Consider the outdoor space as well as the indoor

Very often homeowners will work on the inside of their home and then turn to the outside when all that is done. But ideally your outside space should be something you think about at the same time. It is somewhere you can create more seating, a casual eating area, a place for family and friends to gather, or a place of contemplation. You want your style inside to lead to the outside space as well.

decorating-backyard Remember to decorate the outdoor too

#5 Rooms where people gather together

In the rooms of the house where people will gather together like the living room, kitchen or family room you need to make sure the style is comfortable and relaxing so that it welcomes people to spend time there together. People will be moving in and out so make sure the flow of the room works and people will not be bumping into the edge of furniture or having to avoid obstacles. If it is a place you want to encourage conversation consider U shaped seating. Make sure couches and chairs are comfortable, how it looks should not be more important than this. Have rugs, throws and cushions to give warmth and offer comfort. Use items from holidays, personal interests or hobbies as accessories to decorate the room and create interesting focal points. If you have one, a fireplace is a great feature to utilize.

luxurious-livingroom Modern luxurious living room for gathering maybe?

#6 Make sure displays of items are uncluttered and try to be flexible

When you are displaying items what is often most successful is creating small groupings of items and unifying them with a theme like shape, color, or material for example. Try not to over clutter your shelves with items and keep them clean. Rather than trying to display all of your treasured items at once you can be flexible and rotate items in and out as you feel like it. You can also do the same with photos, use mass market black frames and swap in and out photos now and then.

neat-tidy Neat and tidy

#7 Make your rooms flow

Try not to treat each room as a separate entity but think of the house as a whole when you decorate so that there is flow from room to room. You can connect them by using common materials, themes, colors, floors and so on. Some people for example like to use a white paint color around the house and then accessories and furnishings add the color in each room. This does not mean you cannot have a different theme for each room, just ensure there is some consistency between them.

#8 Displaying artwork successfully

Surprisingly there is a lot more to putting up pictures than just banging a nail somewhere in a wall and hanging it. First of all try to have both low and high decorative items around each room so that the eyes have something to move onto. With wall art if you have regular height ceilings you want to keep it around eye level on the walls. If you have high ceilings you can hang it a little higher. Make sure you think about how the picture works with the color scheme of the room and the frame too. One option for smaller pieces, or for your children’s artwork is to create a grid of frames that can be added to and changed as new pictures are made.

artwork-dining-area Dining area is always a good place to hang a picture

#9 Create a backdrop

Some people choose to create a backdrop in a room for a dramatic touch. You could create a black wall in a white room, or use a more dramatic color like red that you might want to use but do not want the whole room in it. You can then display items against that wall like photos, candle holders, or other accessories.

#10 Work spaces can be integrated with the room

If you do not have a separate study you can close the door on consider making sure that work spaces can be integrated with the room when they are not in use. A hidden drawer in the family room, some covered storage for example can be a way to keep office essentials close to hand but not cluttering up the room.

home-office-decorating Decorating the home office

#11 Be inspired by what you do

You can get inspiration for your home from anywhere, a hobby, places you have traveled to, walking around outside, seeing a unique item you love and buying it. Think about what you like to do and how you can use it. For example if you love hiking outdoors bring some nature into the house with greens, browns or blues and spots of color. If you have ideas but are not ready to do anything consider having a folder where you keep notes, ideas, swatches and so on.

#12 How long will you be living there

marvelous-livingroom Marvelous living room

Something to keep in mind when decorating is how long you are going to be living there. If you want to sell soon, you may need to ease up on stamping your personality on the property and making it more neutral so that it is more desirable to prospective buyers. Rather than keeping up with latest trends that may come and go in popularity choose a style that is simpler and perhaps contemporary.

By remembering these twelve decorating strategies you are more likely to create the house of your dreams!