You don’t have to be a Hollywood celebrity to have a gorgeous home. Sure, the rich have access to top designers and buckets of money to spend on home decor, but by using a few interior designer tricks and a small investment, you can create a space worthy of the movies – without a blockbuster budget.
Starting The Home Decor Process
Interior design professionals have a few tips and secrets they use that you can borrow or steal to make your own home gorgeous:
1) Do a careful inventory of what you already have
What do you hate? What do you love? There may be stunning collectibles stored in your attic or closet, just waiting to be displayed. If you have something beautiful, use it. While you’re at it, get rid of ugly items that don’t inspire you. Even if Aunt Bertha got you that vase, it does not mean you have to get a headache looking at it every day in your living room. Make your home decor choices based on what pleases you.
2) Try unusual uses for everyday objects
A beautiful vase can hold pencils, while a bar table can be piled high with books. Think creatively when making home decor choices.
3) Think symmetry and balance
If you have several large pieces of furniture on the floor, make sure that the top half of the room is balanced with a large mirror or art piece. If one side of a room has a big, bold piece, balance it with something that draws the eye to the opposite side of the room. You don’t want lots of open spaces doing nothing at all.
4) Take photos
After a while of living with your home decor choices, you probably will not even see them, so to get a fresh look take several photos of your room from different angles. It’s the easiest way to see whether you have empty spaces, poor colour choices, bad lighting, or other home decor issues that need attention. Best of all: it takes seconds and costs nothing.
5) Play with colour
Designers love playing around with colour, in part because it is not too costly and changes the look of your home instantly. Rethink what you know about colour. Many non-designers assume that rooms should be painted all one colour – with smaller rooms painted pale colours and larger rooms painted darker colours. Designers take on a much more playful approach – they will break the rules, paint different walls different shades, or use tints you can’t imagine in a house. You can experiment by buying sample sizes of paints from any paint store. And if you make a mistake, help is only a paintbrush (and a new tin of paint) away.
6) Play with light
Designers love lighting. Consider soft pink light bulbs in living rooms and dining rooms or opt for lower wattage blubs in rooms that need a softer feel. Use mirrors to reflect light in poorly-lit rooms and use plenty of lamps. If you’ve ever spoken with an interior designer, you will know that they recommend more lamps and more lighting – always. A few extra lamps don’t have to cost much but can really open up a room.
7) Think contrast, not matching in your home decor
Matching too many colours is an amateur’s home decor mistake. Designers use contrasting colours, unusual colour schemes, or colours in different shades to create interest and texture.
8) Go for height and scale
Don’t be afraid about dwarfing small rooms with big furniture. A few slightly larger pieces (especially taller pieces) make smaller rooms look larger, not smaller, designers agree. Don’t be afraid of big, beautiful pieces of furniture or art. What will make a room feel cramped, in most cases, is poor lighting or too much busyness. You shouldn’t dream small – in life or in home decor.
9) Re-imagine the spaces you are ignoring
Ceilings, for example, are often ignored, but can become magic with pressed tin tiles or a vibrant colour. That hallway that you just use to get from one room to the next can become a great reading corner with a few chairs, a table, and some paint or wallpaper.
Keep in mind that part of the fun (if you are designing your home yourself) is to experiment. Give yourself time to try different looks and different approaches. If you need some ideas and inspiration, check out Mojo Direct for furniture, art pieces, and design ideas you can really use.