It’s easy to over complicate home decorating; still following the latest trends, colors or designers doesn’t always fit with your lifestyle, wallet or existing decor.
Here are some simple decorating hacks to keep your home looking like you have guests coming over! To get the most out of each step, keep reading..
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To keep your home from looking fluid and up to date, do these simple steps regularly and your home will always be fresh looking … in your own style. Breaking it down like this, takes the pressure off. You can still makeover your kitchen or bedroom, but your decorating direction will all look so much clearer when you have straightened out your mind, by straightening out a few of your things.
There are so many home organizational tips to help you declutter your home.. and your life. From how to organize a closet, a kitchen pantry, to the full declutter your house bootcamp offered by many professionals.
Putting things away, or in many cases giving them away, means you can see clearly exactly what you have to work with. It simplifies future home decorating by eliminating all the stuff you don’t really love but have been hanging on to for one reason or another.
How to declutter your house is personal. Some people purge in one hit, never taking their eye off the ball until every last bag or box has been taken away. For others, breaking the task down into smaller bite size bits makes it less overwhelming.
There are so many home organizational ideas to help you declutter your house, how to organize your home comes down to personal preference and time. For others, the overwhelm is too much, or deep seated, and they really need a Procrastination Cure to help them along in all parts of their life. I use the Procrastination Cure and as a tool, it is one of the best I have tried.
As a thank you when you sign up to our email list you get access to a 6 week program as a kickstart to your decorating. The first week is decluttering; walking from room to room is recommended. There is a guide to list things you no longer want, or love, with simple steps to get rid of them.
1. Do it Fast.. start with 5 minutes. It sounds simple but it works. You can get a lot done in five minutes.
2. Give away one item each day. This works well if scheduling time to declutter is difficult.
3. Fill a trash bag. Items can be for friends, local thrift store, Goodwill or trash.
5. Make a list. Walking room to room, make a list of areas, things or furniture you need to declutter.
6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. Choose 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home.
7.The Four-Box Method; trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room is placed into one of the four categories. No item is passed over! It’s thorough but takes longer.
Once you have decluttered your home, you can move on to improving what you have.. start with lighting.
Many rooms are instantly improved with added lighting. This can be as simple as adding 100 watt bulbs to some rooms or areas. The extra lighting, particularly in corners, make your rooms fee larger. Varying your lighting heights can do the same thing. It comes down to using a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting.
Real Simple outlines guidelines about lighting worth mentioning; mix light sources at different levels. This creates a flattering ambiance. Secondly, use task lighting.
The American Lighting Association defines ambient as the main source of lighting. Sometimes, as in a laundry room, it can also be the task lighting.
From reading, cooking or working on the computer; good task lighting is often the missing link in homes. It can be beautiful as well as functional. Look at adding recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting, portable floor or desk lamps.
Accent lighting adds to your decor and the mood of your room. It draws attention to paintings, window treatments, wall decor or fireplace mantels. To be effective, accent lighting should provide three times as much light on the focal point as your surrounding lighting.
For your living room, light three of the four corners, using accent lighting to focus one light on a painting, chair or console table. Mix table lamps and floor lamps for a variety of light source heights. Provide lighting for as many seats as possible. To change your mood lighting put some lights on dimmers.
Use a wattage to 100 over your dining table. Add indirect lighting from small table lamps or wall sconces. They add mood and are flattering.
Wall sconces work well in an entry or bathroom where you need extra lighting to greet guests or apply makeup.
It’s possible to get more from your rooms by changing the way you think about them and how you can use them. The hallway below has shelving, hooks and baskets added to it to create a mudroom where none existed before.
Source: Creativity Exchange
Can your basement be used for something else?An office, a yoga space, a music room or maybe a laundry room like this one below from No. 29 Design.
Rooms that are used for storage, should be emptied to double up as guest – craft room. Create reading nooks, exercise areas or more storage. A natural flow will develop, from room to room, as you work on each space.
Mix up your wall decor. You can create a photo wall gallery using photos on canvas or wood, or frame your photos, group and place over a sofa as a one large piece of art. Use lighting to highlight them.
Display things in different ways, different heights; mix up the size and shape of frames, add mirrors, street signs, faux antlers or a clock to create wall decor that is memorable.
Hang pieces to go well above eye level. This will make your ceilings appear taller.
Don’t forget to pay attention to your kitchen wall decor and bathroom decor. This is often an inexpensive way to add decorating and create interest in your home. From beach wall decorating themes to country wall decor collectibles; balance the size, shape and number of items to the space.
This is not a strict rule, but things grouped in odd numbers are interesting to the eye, as it looks for symmetry. This is a good rule when using soft furnishings or accessories. Grouping things in three is the most common.
Source: Celia Walker Design
Group them by contrasting color, shape and texture. This is particularly true of cushions or throw pillows. Placing three differently colored cushions together is not enough. Add stripes, florals and checks together for more contrast. Use color, pattern or texture to bring them together.
Use paint to update finishes. Paint is just amazing. From updating, distressing or rejuvenating pieces of furniture to covering features that just don’t work anymore.
Here is a tutorial from Artsy Chicks Rule to upcycle an old chair by painting it with chalk paint. Looks great!
Source: Artsy Chicks Rule
It can make rooms look bigger, cooler, warmer, relaxed or formal.
There are so many different paints, like chalk paint and milk paint to metallic paints or paints that can be used on vinyl, concrete and even plastic that there is no excuse not to look at paint to update your outdated furniture and finishings like these kitchen cabinets found on Hometalk.
Color can change a mood, make rooms feel cozy, larger, more dramatic or romantic. Add color to subdue or go bold, strong, vibrant. If you are uncertain about new colors start small, experimenting with the color or tone you are considering. Consider the mood you want to create, the amount of natural light your room has, buy paint samples and test the colors on boards you can move around the room.
The final step can be the most fun. Use accents and accessories to create subdued or bold decorating schemes. Accents add character and personality to your decorating; from throws, accent chairs, ottoman, cushions, mirrors and other decorative items. They can be functional, striking, unusual or fun.
There is always talk about where to spend your money; on accents or main pieces. Some say spend your money on high end pieces; like a sofa or curtains. Others prefer to spend their money on high end accent pieces and accessories. Adding beautiful high end side tables or cushions and throws to a plain sofa can make the room look far more expensive and luxurious.
Remember: It’s often the accessories that get the spot light. To create a high end room, spend more time, effort and money on your home accent lighting, wall decor ideas and throw cushions.
From accent lighting to accent furniture, these pieces bring your room together.
End tables should be below the height of the sofa’s arms; in a large room, a small rug will look lost and out of place (add more rugs or get one that is bigger) and large rugs should be about 18″ from the wall.
Don’t over do accessories. Simple is always best.. and remember Step 1… think Minimalist and you won’t clutter your rooms.
All these Steps can be broken, but following these 8 Steps from time to time, will keep your home looking up to date and fresh. Breaking it down into 8 steps means you can enjoy the process more.
These guidelines should get you way past first base with your decorating. Once you have conquered some of these, your other decorating challenges are to fill in the blanks; those odd spots to tackle one at a time instead of feeling overwhelmed.