Renting or owning a home is a privilege most people aspire to and is a major step toward becoming independent. Decorating that space is what makes it feel like home and is a form of personal expression. So, how to decorate like an interior designer might be what you're asking.
Unfortunately, not everyone has experience decorating a home and many people feel that they don't possess the creativity needed to create a beautifully decorated space. The truth is everyone can decorate with a little help by getting in touch with their creative talents. This article gives 8 simple tips for how to decorate like an interior designer.
1. Believe in Yourself. Anyone Can Decorate!
Do you feel that you aren't talented at decorating? Are you envious of people who seem to have a talent for interior design? Wish you had the creative gene that other people seem to have? Want to learn how to decorate like an interior designer?
What if I told you that you have a creative gene and you just need help accessing it?
Decorating your home is easier than you think. Believe it or not, you already have it in you to be a great decorator; you just need a few simple guidelines to help get you started.
By following these 8 steps, you’ll decorate like a professional and your home will be the envy of the neighborhood!
2. Create a Color Palette with at Least 4 Colors
It may sound too easy to be true but matching the colors of your furniture and decor is the easiest way to create a designer look in your home.
Look around your home at your current décor and determine what you can’t part with. Those items will make it easier to choose the colors for your color palette. Try choosing colors that complement each other. If possible, stick to the same 1 or 2 similar colors of wood furniture.
Choose 2 -3 accent colors (table top, window coverings and wall décor), and 2-3 base colors (furniture), for your color palette.
You can replace or re-stain woods that don’t match. Paint can also help you to incorporate décor items that don’t match your color palette.
3. Add Some Paint
Painting your walls can help pull your color pallet together.
If you’ve recently painted or currently have a neutral color on your walls, you may simply want to paint an accent wall with one of your color choices.
Painting all of the walls in your home or just some accent walls can pull everything together to give your home a uniform look.
4. Go Shopping!
This is the fun part! Shop for decor that matches your color palette. Looking at home decor magazines, Pinterest, DIY shows, furniture stores and websites can give you decorating ideas. You can also look for decorating ideas while you shop.
Items that you may want to pick are:
Vases, baskets, silk flowers, accent rugs, curtains, throw pillows, blankets, wall art, clocks, accent tables, shelves, candles, lamps, mirrors, metal art, potted plants, pottery etc.…
The goal is to choose items from your accent and base color palettes.
If you're on a tight budget, you can shop at Walmart, Target, The Dollar Tree, thrift shops and garage sales to find inexpensive items that will look great and save you money.
If you want to paint any pieces of furniture or decor, pick up some paint while you shop.
5. Out with the Old and in with the New!
Next, remove any unwanted furniture or décor items.
Some ideas for what to do with those items might be:
Moving them to other areas of the home, storing them, selling them on eBay, giving them to friends or family, taking them to Goodwill or other thrift stores that take donations.
6. Time to Decorate!
Here is where you can show off your hidden interior designer! If you're painting any furniture or other piece, start by painting those items, giving them an opportunity to dry fully before placing them.
Situate your furniture so that it centers around a focal point such as your television or fireplace. Now, you can strategically place rugs, table top décor and wall décor around the room.
Spread accent colors throughout the room so that they are evenly distributed and not bunched into one area. Spend a few days moving furniture and decor around until you are happy with the final result.
7. Get an outside Opinion
Remember that anyone can decorate, so ask your family and friends what they think of your new look. They may have a suggestion that you hadn't thought of. Remove, return or exchange any items that don’t look right or that you don’t like.
Remember that each person has a different eye, so don’t be offended if a friend or family member doesn’t like something that you did. If you and your family love it, that’s what matters.
If you get quite a bit of negative feedback about a specific piece of décor, you may want to reconsider your idea, but remember, it's ultimately up to you; it's your home!
8. Enjoy Your New Look!
Once everything is exactly the way you would like it, have some friends and family over to show off your new look.
Who knows, you might inspire someone else to decorate or redecorate their home!
Remember that anyone can decorate and now you know that you can too!!!