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If you’re looking to redecorate your home or just need some help on how to get started, what to do, how to do it, right. This post is just for you.
Decorating With Pillows
I think we should start with pillows.
Pillows are absolutely the easiest and most affordable way of really amping up the look of your space and making it look really well-designed.
Firstly, it’s really affordable because you can buy inserts, just plain inserts, to go inside of pillow covers and you can continuously change out pillow covers to really match with your decor that’s happening, to match with the season, to match with the new color palettes that you’re bringing in.
So definitely consider doing pillow inserts and pillow covers instead of whole new pillows
When styling your pillows remember to style them in groups of three, but also different sizes and textures.
A lot of us have the standard 18 by 18 square pillows across our couch, maybe across our bed.
And it looks a little plain and flat and just doesn’t look too “wow”.
If you want to get that wow factor layer in a large pillow behind it and a lumbar pillow across bringing those different shapes and sizes and will definitely make it look a lot more dynamic
You can find beautiful sets of pillows here
When I’m decorating with pillows I always think about mixing different textures in and color and patterns and really getting a layered look so that every little piece stands out in its own separate way.
But you get an overall beautiful-looking space.
You could also karate chop for your pillow to make it look really perfect.
Now that sounds really weird, but almost every designer does it.
You get this nice pinched look in the middle.
It kind of looks really plush and then you pull the corners tight so that they look tapered.
That makes your pillow look like it’s professionally placed and you can easily do that in your room.
Grouping in 3's
This styling trick is so easy I know you guys can do it.
And it’s just something that makes such a big difference.
For some reason, it’s really just styling in groups of three.
It kind of creates a nice triangular diagonal look because I use things of a large scale, a medium scale, and a small skill.
And that really gives this dynamic look when you bring together just two items, sometimes it just looks incomplete.
Adding in a third element Really makes a drastic difference and makes the decorating look like decorating instead of just clutter that might’ve just been left around.
You can implement this in pretty much every single place around your home decorating in groups of three, with your pillows, your coffee table decor, your mantle decor, or shelf decor.
It works everywhere and it works every single time.
So just make sure that you think about scale, texture, color so that you’re not placing three of the exact same things together.
All right now onto wall decor
Wall decor can be tricky.
It can be done really wrong or really, right.
So really an easy rule of thumb to follow when hanging your wall.
The trick is to hang your wall art at 57 inches.
That’s about 4″7′ and that is known as the average human eye height.
When you’re scanning around the room, your artwork, and your wall, art is really hung at an appropriate height that your eyes can see.
Sometimes when wall art is hung too high, it looks really separated from your decor and your furniture.
And it looks like it’s kind of floating.
Try and follow that 57-inch height.
Your space will drastically change.
Here is a link to some of my personal favorite hanging wall galleries
This also works for hanging gallery walls.
If you don’t know where to start, start at that midpoint at 57 inches and you can build out from there to really have a balanced look, and remember don’t put your picture hanger or your nail at 57 inches.
Have57inches by the midpoint of your photo/art.
You’re going to have to hang your little wall hanger a little higher than that to make sure that it ends up right in the middle.
See, it’s all about tricking your eye.
It’s all about what feels natural to look at.
If you’re finding that something’s really standing out, maybe that’s just a little sign that it’s not working.
Bring everything down to eye level, make it look cohesive so that the whole space can really come together.
Patterns When Decorating
Now let’s talk about patterns.
Patterns are kind of scary to work with.
Sometimes they’re pretty intimidating.
And sometimes they can look really messy.
A few rules of thumb that you should think about when styling with patterns is scale and type of pattern.
So the scale is all about maybe pulling in one large scale pattern and bringing in two small skill patterns so that you’re not.
Three overwhelming sizes of patterns and your eye just doesn’t know where to look.
You should focus on one pattern.
Have that be the highlight and mix in some smaller-scale patterns to kind of balance out a textured look.
This is usually easy to do when you have a big pattern rug or a large-scale wallpaper pattern when you’re decorating in a room like that.
Make sure that your pillows or your little accent pieces have smaller scale patterns on them and it will definitely work for you.
Now when you’re mixing in those different scale patterns, think about what kind of patterns they are.
Usually, it works well if you do a geometric pattern mixed with a floral pattern.
So having all the different pattern pieces have their own little moment is definitely the way to go.
Remember to think about the size of your patterns, the type of patterns, and you will definitely be.
Balancing Your Decor
All right now here is something that’s really big!
This is something I always loved to follow when I’m decorating a room, that’s balance.
Balance and symmetry.
Really bringing in elements that are going to allow your eyes to be calm and look at the space as a whole, instead of being drawn in one direction or the other, it can be done in every single direction.
If you look around a room, your sofa can be balanced, or your artwork can be balanced.
Your lighting can be balanced, your plants can be balanced, your furniture placement can be balanced.
So really all elements of your space really have to have some kind of balance to them.
When you see a room that’s not balanced and one side of the space has all of the furniture on it, or it’s only decorated on one side, then it feels very unbalanced and it doesn’t look right.
When you bring in some different elements that kind of match each other on both sides of the space but aren’t the exact same.
That’s when you get a really nice touch of balance.
The Right Scale
Another thing to really think about when styling is scale.
Scale is pretty much just the sizes of things.
Again, you don’t normally notice scale until you see it way off.
If you have something that’s way too big for that space or way too small for that space, it looks really off.
It’s really important to measure your space and pick items that are perfect for your ceiling height, for the size of your room in comparison to your furniture.
I feel like a really common thing that I see is artwork that is just too small.
Things that look like they’re just kind of floating.
They’re not really anchoring anything and when you correct that and you do appreciate size pieces for your spaces you will see a huge difference and your space will look really well designed.
Picking The Right Color
All right now let’s talk about color.
Color can go really both ways.
It can go really good or really bad.
And it’s really all about the little rules and little design tricks that you should follow when using color.
Firstly, you can use color and do it in a very monochromatic way.
Maybe you’re using all blues and doing shades of blue and they’re all similar but kind of contrasting and you get layers to the color.
That looks really cool. Really bold.
If you want to do a lot of colors or you can do pops of color, have a really neutral palette and bring in one pop of color.
And again, you can use different shades of that singular color to get a really beautiful layer look, or you could bring in multiple colors and really work off of complementary colors.
You don’t have to think about the bright, obvious kind of primary colors like red and green, blue and yellow, but think about the shades that come along with those colors.
Maybe it’s Navy and neutral colors.
Those really go well together.
If you’re working with color, it really helps by balancing the colors around the space so that there’s not too much color on one end and not in others.
You can really use color around a room in different elements like artwork, pillows, rugs, furniture will color and it will really bring your space together.
Lastly, let’s talk about something that a lot of us want to achieve, and that is a cohesive looking home and that can be really hard to achieve sometimes because people decorate in phases, they put more energy into one place than the other.
Sometimes it’s hard to really get a cohesive space.
An easy way that I’ve found to really create a cohesive-looking home is to work within the same color palette.
That will definitely help really even out color and style around your home.
And it will really balance out the entire look of your space.
When you walk through the front door, that same color palette should be used throughout your home.
You know, bedrooms can be an exception because sometimes you want to have a lot of fun with the design in there.
Those rooms that you can close the door to can be different.
But when you’re thinking about your floor plan, the dining room, the living room, the kitchen, the hallway, the entry, all of those things should really flow together.
Having it cohesive home is really all about consistency.
If you keep that consistent color, consistent texture running throughout the home in different ways, you will absolutely end up with a cohesive-looking home.
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That’s it for my home decor styling tips that I absolutely think you should know about.
I hope you enjoyed this article!
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