Decorating a home is always a challenge, regardless of your previous experience in decorating or lack thereof.
Finding the right tone, color palette, and the feel of the space to make it agree with your personal style and the emotion you want to encourage in your home sure is a big task, and – unless you’ve got an interior designer to help out – you’ll probably spend a lot of time brainstorming and getting anxious over even the tiniest of details.
Let’s not even invite budget talks into these lines because that’s pretty much where all Hell breaks loose every single time.
Still, despite all potential decorating fails, investing yourself – your ideas, thoughts, time, your energy and love – into your space is, by far, one of the most rewarding things there are. As we are big decorating enthusiasts ourselves, we’re here to help you stay on track, get inspired and turn your home into a fabulous oasis of peace, beauty and inspiration.
Go through the lines below to start your interior design properly and turn your home into a stylish villa everyone wants to spend time at:
Manipulate the furniture
One of the most common misconceptions of decorating a space is that it necessarily needs to be huge to look great. Although big spaces do take advantage over small ones, those petite structures still can be superbly manipulated to look grand and absolutely stunning.
The best starting point is to fake height with low furniture and curtains placed close to the ceiling for a visual lengthening.
Avoid horizontals as much as possible and place focus on strong vertical elements. Low-slung furniture is perfect if the room is smaller because it instantly gives it a taller look. Also, don’t overwhelm a small space with a lot of small furniture pieces; instead, opt for larger elements that give the room a very lavish, rich feel.
Oh, and – one of the favorite designer tricks for small spaces are huge mirrors placed on the walls: they visually enlarge the room, especially if placed facing the windows.
Try a high-contrast palette
A high-contrast palette can work superbly with a number of spaces, especially if you are looking to achieve a high-end, luxurious look.
Combining earthy colors such as tan, neutral, brown and ocher with white, emerald green or turquoise can look absolutely stunning. Be careful when choosing your contrasting colors, though – you don’t want the place to looking overwhelming or circusy.
Play with texture
Nothing adds a luxurious element to a space like textured accents and interesting furniture design. Although Sweden aesthetics in home decoration has been very popular recently, bringing its minimal interior vibes into focus, for a stylish home that oozes sophistication, elegance and chic, color and texture are number one designing guns.
Leave your color comfort zone and go with something absolutely different; dare to play with different patterns, textures, graphics and colors you’d never even consider combining. Go bold and asymmetrical. Use pillows, throws, sofa or carpet designs to play with texture and turn them into focal points of your space.
Choose a theme
Depending on the climate and the geography of your space, going with a theme to give your home cohesion and interest is one of the best ways to turn your place into an extremely interesting space that went from dull to a conversation piece with just a few elements switched up!
If the majority of your home is neutral, amplify it with texture, antique ornaments and color. Contrasts can be super interesting, especially in those eclectic variants we’ve been seeing a lot of in a number of new homes in Sydney.
Most by-the-beach houses in Australia are actually staying true to their beach atmosphere and upgrading the style by adding hints of the Far East or Western elements. The idea is to combine your favorite design styles and stay true to your aesthetics while still upgrading your home’s design.
Fake square footage with a glass shower
When it comes to an elegant shower, nothing beats a glass one. Most people go with patterned curtains or frosted glass for extra privacy but we’re more for clear, see-through minimal showers that look sexy, rich and interesting.
They add dimension into the space and instantly make it look larger. And, as for absolute shower transparency… who’s watching anyway?
Embrace decorative finishes
Decorative finishes are the soul of every interior design and you must take them seriously if you want your space to look complete.
Books casually thrown on your end-tables, sofa covers nonchalantly thrown over your favorite furniture elements, an antique jewelry box placed in the corner of your coffee table with pearls hanging out, a wooden box with silk handkerchiefs adding mystique to your bookshelf, etc.
It’s all in the details, and you should make these details give away hints of your personality and artistic character.
Stay on point decorating your space by sticking to your initial vision and plan, okay? The last thing you want is to turn your home into too much of everything!