Whether you’re decorating your new home or sprucing up an existing space, here are some basic techniques and tricks that can go a long way. These decorating rules and principles are simple enough that almost anyone - no matter your level of experience - can apply them.
Three's a magic number
The basic idea behind this rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings.
The rule of thumb is to have groupings of objects in varying heights, shapes and textures. At the same time, there should be something similar that ties them together.
This is just a basic rule, so it might not work in every instance. If this grouping does not look right to you, go with your gut. The goal here is to make sure everything is not uniform, and by extension, boring.
An inexpensive way to bring the power of three into your living room is with a triptych. A trio of paneled art can set you back a pretty penny, but you can make your own. Simply download your favourite art piece from the web and cut the image into three parts to fit into IKEA frames.
Find a focal point
A room's focal point is its most emphasized feature and the feature that stands out the most when you enter a room.
If you're lost with how to start decorating a room, finding its focal point is a good start. Many rooms have built-in focal points: a large window with a view, for example, or a feature wall. If your room doesn't have a built-in focal point, you can always create one. Here are some suggestions:
- Paint one wall a different colour
- Use a large piece of furniture as a focal point
- Use large piece of artwork or large mirror as a focal point.
Positivity in negative space
In design, the negative space is the area that is not taken up by any subject. These are usually your blank walls, but there are some other ways you can utilise negative space in your home. The top tip would be to avoid clutter, so keep ornaments and decorative pieces minimal.
Also, make sure that negative space serves a purpose - for instance, to let other spots in the room shine - and that intention will show.
The basic rule here is to remember that it is not just about looking for places where you can remove things, but about looking for spots that look great even when they are empty.
Create an illusion
There are various ways to create an illusion of space. Furniture configuration is the number one way to do so, but other elements like the colour palette and furnishings can really lift the impact in a tiny space. One way to make a space feel larger is with a bigger rug. The bigger the rug, the larger the area will feel. Fasten together smaller rugs to expand the size of your room visually.
The lighter your walls, the better. The reason: Light colors reflect and multiply light, while dark colors absorb it. To make a room feel airy, stick with cream, beige, light grayish-blue and lavender. Would you like to give your home a fresh coat of paint? We’re here to help.
Another tip around colour: underplay the colour by having a few furniture pieces in the same colour palette as the walls. Large items, such as the sofa, will blend into the room which, in turn, visually enlarges the space.
Mix and match
A mix of furniture pieces can co-exist in a single room, giving the space a unique and fresh look. Good mixing requires introspection and thought, and one way you can do so is by swapping out your formal dining chairs for a few rustic metal ones. This can create a casual atmosphere in the dining room.
Another way to mix furniture is to distribute them equally across your room. If one half of the room is totally mid century, and the other half is entirely contemporary, the sudden difference is overwhelming. But if multiple styles are incorporated strategically throughout the room, it’s easier on the eyes.These guidelines will help you get started, but you can also seek professional advice, by reaching out to one of our partners to help you redecorate your space.