April 20, 2015
To be a designer takes education and knowledge of architecture, engineering, space planning, and much more. However, to decorate your own home, it takes a lot less formal education and more of a desire to create pleasing surroundings and tie it all in together. Some say that they haven’t a clue where to begin, but it’s really not all that difficult when you know about these ten ways to achieve a pulled together look.
How to Begin: The Creative Process
You want to begin the design process with several thoughts in mind:
• Color Palette
• Space Planning
• Architectural Style
Once you’ve chosen your style (traditional, modern, etc.) you want to figure out your color palette, and then the challenge of planning out your furnishings in each room.
The Ten Ways to Design with Confidence
To tie-in home décor you will want to refer back to the three areas of concentration mentioned above: your color palette, space planning and architectural style. These next 10 helpful hints will guide you to beautifully designed rooms.
- Once you’ve selected your color palette, you can also choose varying degrees of one of the colors (lightening or darkening the primary shade) to create one wall or part of a tray ceiling to add a little drama.
- To create flow and continuity, invite the same paint colors, flooring and crown moldings into adjoining rooms.
- Art connoisseurs may balk at this suggestion, but you can hang artwork that fits with your color scheme or architectural design. This does not mean you have to have everything matching, but just enough components to tie it all in together.
- Another art "tie-in" is to create a grouping using matching frames.
- Fabrics contribute much to a room. If you want to bring harmony to a great room and kitchen, use the throw pillow fabrics to upholster your kitchen chairs as well as a valance.
- Bedroom fabrics are also a way to design a room. The duvet cover fabric can look equally fabulous for an upholstered headboard.
- Lighting plays a big part in the pulling together of your rooms. Many designs are manufactured with complementary fixtures. When you choose a pendent light for the bar area, you may find the accompanying design for sconces.
- Accessories are another way to creatively design a room. Choose a grouping using one of the key colors; then add an accessory of another color to give your décor a "pop" of inspiration.
- Your accessories should also be creatively grouped. Look at the different heights of items, as well as the shapes and colors.
- Space planning is equally important when are accessorizing your rooms. If you are going for the Victorian look, continue throughout the adjoining rooms. The same thing goes for minimalist design. One full-to-bursting room, and another with little to no accessories will appear out of balance.
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