I don’t know where to start when it comes to decorating
Back to basics
Pinterest, interiors magazines, Instagram, television reality shows — life can expose us to a never-ending picture reel of someone else’s interior highlights. With others seeming to live so stylishly, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to making the choices you need to decorate your own home. So start with some basics.
1 Consider the bigger picture.
Take a holistic, room-by-room approach. Try to work out how each room works in balance with the others. Find colours, textures and patterns you love and consider repeating them throughout the house. Restricting your choices to a colour/texture “palette” increases the chances of your home feeling co-ordinated and harmonious.
2 Embrace the house’s natural character.
It’s possible but difficult to impose severe modernity on a traditional building, in the same way that ornate swags and tails don’t really work with aluminium window frames. Being rigid in your choices rarely works. Honour the house’s heritage.
3 Recognise that few things are permanent.
If you get them wrong, most fixtures can be swapped, furnishings replaced. Slow down and plan but don’t get so snail-like the project is abandoned.
4 Neutrals are okay.
There’s nothing wrong with white walls and beige sofas. You don’t need to go bright to create impact. But do consider texture and pattern. Even neutral shades have the “wow factor” if they are layered.
5 Think of your walls as a canvas.
Highimpact wallpaper, creative paint colours, the introduction of mouldings, trims and panelling, gallery walls and groupings — display your creativity all over your walls.
6 Calm a room with a classic piece.
Mixing old with new means your interiors will date far less quickly. Think a crystal chandelier in an otherwise modern sitting room; a vintage rug in a contemporary kitchen.
7 Mix up your prices.
Never underestimate the benefits of combining big-ticket items with budget — or repurposed — ones. It allows you to add a few inexpensive on-trend pieces, adds personality and makes the expensive items stand out.
8 Take your time and invest where it matters.
Allowing your interiors to “grow” organically makes them more interesting — and affordable. You evolve, so should your house.
9 Never sacrifice comfort.
Test seating before purchase. No matter how pretty it is, an uncomfortable couch will never be a good investment if people won’t sit on it.
10 Combine design styles.
Slavishly adhering to one look is restricting. But some decor styles go together better than others. Scandi with boho, for example. Stream-lined contemporary with mid-century. Country with shabby chic.
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