Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your home was filled with beautiful rooms? Comfortable rooms. Rooms that were company ready most of the time? Most of us would LOVE to have a home like this! But most of us don’t think it is attainable. Well, it is! Here are 10 small changes you can make to create beautiful rooms in your home.
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If a home filled with beautiful rooms seems impossible I know how you feel because I never thought my home could look like the homes in magazines or the perfect home in my head! It’s not perfect or often magazine worthy but I LOVE the rooms in my home. There are a plethora of things I do to keep working on each room to keep them fresh, in style and well-kept.
Here are 10 smart (and my favorite) things to do to create beautiful rooms.
By just reading this post your home won’t change. It’s by doing the things in this post that you will start to change things in your home.
By making small changes you can start creating beautiful rooms in your home! I hope you will start today!
Let’s start by getting a little help from a common thing I can’t decorate without…
USE YOUR CAMERA TO HELP YOU
If you are not using your camera on your phone to help you decorate your home this is the first smart change to make! You won’t believe what a camera can show you that your eyes can’t see!
I take pictures of everything I decorate in my home. I’ve learned to look at each image to see if the decor looks beautifully composed, if there is anything out of place, etc.
Let your camera be your most helpful personal assistant when it comes to decorating.
EDIT YOUR ROOM
Many home decorators put too way much furniture and decor in a room.
In other words, we we decorate with too much stuff.
One of THE BEST things you can do for a room in your home is to edit everything in it! I often say to readers and clients, “take one thing out of your room it will look better”.
But I’m saying take a lot out of a room if you want it to be more attractive. Not every space in a room needs to be filled. Not every surface needs lots of accent decor on it and not every wall needs a picture!
A beautiful room strikes a balance between things in a room and a bit of empty space. We love pretty things but our eyes and minds also need rest and that is why negative space (nothing in the space) is so so important.
ELEMENTS OF DESIGN… SPACE is a super important post for every home decorator to read. It’s all about how space can be used to create beauty.
If you want a smart way to create beauty in a room edit, edit, edit!
Remember this decorating mantra…
Get rid of tons of seasonal decor that clutter up a room. Strive for unusual and beautiful accent decor instead!
You might like to see LESS IS BEST. This post will help you edit the rooms in your home.
DO SOMETHING OUT OF THE BOX
One of my decorating pet peeves is how often we all love a look like shiplap or blue cabinets or gold pendant lights and they become so so overdone they are no longer unexpected or surprising or awesome in the best of ways.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to put those popular design elements in our homes but what I am saying is to add things to your home that are not overdone and that are not the most current trends everyone loves.
I’m saying this for two reasons. One… trendy things will look “so 2021” in a few years and look dated. And two… they are overdone and lose their uniqueness!
Put something in the rooms of your home you love and is unexpected. Beautiful rooms thrive on unexpected and beautiful furnishings!
Who would have ever expected to see a big patterned rug in my living room? But when I saw this rug I knew it would be perfect for my neutral room. It as unexpected, not trendy and a bold move for a rug.
I have had so many comments and emails asking about this rug. Why? It’s unexpected and works with my room. And that creates beauty.
By the way, if you are interested you can see it HERE.
This can be a risky move. Just remember to start with a small unexpected accent or piece of furniture. Just one in a room will work great!
ADD A NEW RUG TO A ROOM
Adding a new rug to a room will also help to add beauty to a room. When I added the rug to our living room I said to myself, “this is the first time since we moved in that I feel like this room is me”. A great rug has immense power to create a beautiful and cohesive look.
If a new rug is not in your budget then have your rugs professionally cleaned. This will make them look so much fresher and smell better too!
WORK A NEW COLOR INTO YOUR COLOR PALETTE
Have you thought about changing up your color palette a bit? Beautiful rooms benefit from a color change now and then.
Try working another color into your room’s color palette.
I do this seasonally by adding a pop of color to a room. Our master bedroom benefitted greatly from the addition of seafoam aqua bedding. Adding seafoam to the color palette make my bedroom more serene and gave it a sanctuary feel.
Another way to work another color into a room’s color palette is by adding a “pop of color”. This is usually said when wanting to a fun color to a neutral room but no matter what colors you use in a room you can use a “pop” or a little bit of another color to shake things up… in a good way.
We often get decor blind to things in our home. In other words, we get bored with our rooms and we lose interest and just don’t pay attention to details anymore. And one way to get excited again is the addition of a new color to a room!
Choose one color and repeat it in three places in a room. Instant pretty!
Here are two post that will help you keep colors interesting in your home…
PAINT AND BEAUTIFUL ROOMS
I always say “a paintbrush is like a magic wand”. So make paint one of the first things you think about when you want to create beauty in a room.
Paint a wall. Paint furniture. Paint books. Paint a mirror. Paint floors. Paint pillows. Paint vases and candlesticks and table runners and light fixtures and baskets and just about anything else that is not nailed down!
Learn to paint, period!
Your home will look so much better because you can pick up a paintbrush or a can of paint. Inside that can is a beautiful room!
My next painting project is the round mirror above the Curlacue chest. I’m painting it a warm gray. I think that corner of my living room will look better when everything is not so light.
Why buy new when you can paint something!
YouTube is full of how to paint videos. Don’t be scared of paint it’s one of your best decorating tools! What in your home would look better a different color?
CHOOSE NEW CURTAINS
I had originally written “choose new window treatments” but I want everyone to get away from window treatments and hang ceiling to floor curtains.
Not valances or swags or curtains that are hung just above a window or curtains that only go to the bottom of the window sill.
When I say choose new curtains I’m talking about curtains that are hung as high on a wall as possible and that at least touch the floor.
Here’s a curtain mantra for you…
Hang curtains as close to the ceiling as possible and they need to hand so they at least touch the floor.
I’m here to help you create beautiful rooms and doing something else on your windows (other than shades or no curtains) will not make your room prettier.
Choose nice, yet simple hardware too.
You might find this post very helpful WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HANGING CURTAINS.
Maybe your room could also benefit from new curtains?
Here are a pair of really nice lined white linen curtains we put up when we moved into our home and a newer pair we hung in their place.
All we did was hand the horizontal striped curtain on the same curtain rod. What a difference! Who knew such a subtle change could make a big difference?
This is totally off-topic, but which table to do like the best? I’m thinking of bringing the round table back up from the basement. I’ve got the chairs covered (don’t need help on them) but not sure about the table? What table do you like best? Leave me a comment, thanks!
Create beauty in a room with curtains!
ADD MORE LIGHTING
Did you know most rooms are woefully underlit? It’s true.
We need overlapping pools of light when we light up our rooms with artificial lighting. Proper pools of light create rooms that are beautiful.
There are a few types of lighting, ambient, task and, accent lighting.
Ambient lighting is meant to light up most of a room. Think of overhead lighting such as chandeliers, track lighting, and most ceiling-mounted lighting. Sometimes a floor or large table lamp can be ambient lighting if a room is small enough.
Task lighting does just what it says, it illuminates a task. Think of a chair next to a lamp on a table. You can read with the light from this lamp. Desk lamps and buffet lamps and most lamps that are not hung on a wall or pendants fall into this category. They offer a light to a specific area of a room.
The last type of light is accent lighting. Think of lighting that shines light to accent something. Like painting lights and spotlights, and some sconces and bookcase lights.
When all this lighting work together it can bring great overlapping pools of beauty to a room.
Strive for each of these types of lighting to be present in a room.
MIX METALS IN BEAUTIFUL ROOMS
Gone are matchy-matchy furnishings and metals! Actually, long gone! One or the smartest and prettiest things you can do in a room is to mix metals.
Think about fixtures, and hardware and nail heads and appliances and curtain rods and draw pulls and handles.
Our eyes like to look for similar things in a room but they also like a little surprise. Using a mix of metals is a happy surprise to our eyes and our minds read that as attractive.
The silver curtain rod plays nicely with the ORB ceiling mount and the gold tone nail heads of the chairs. If there were any more metals in this room I would pick one, probably silver, and keep the rest of the metals in silver tones.
A little variety is a great thing when it comes to metals.
A word about gold tones. They are very very popular right now and overdone. If you love gold tones use them but add another metal or two in small doses to the mix.
CHANGE UP YOUR SEASONAL DECOR
Seasonal accents add such beauty to a room. A little goes a long way! Don’t over season-alize your home. Think of adding a nod to the season in a room.
Here’s one thing I do that works for any season or holiday. I add just one or two pretty organic seasonal decorations in a room at the beginning of the season and then as the season moves along I add a bit more. And during the season I like to change up what I have.
That way I always have something pretty and fresh to look at.
Seasonal decor can either look gorgeous or very overdone, cluttered, and cutsie. Err on the side of less is best and if you have a lot of season decor don’t put it out all at once. Rotate it during the season instead.
OTHER WAYS TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL ROOMS…
- rearrange the furniture
- shop you house
- add something green to a room
- put a mirror in a room
- swap accents and other home items with a friend
- add new throw pillows
- create a focal point
We can move our rooms from nice to beautiful if we are aware of how to update and decorate a room. I hope you use these tips to transform a room in your home.