I love tips. Especially the best decorating tips! If you are like me, and you enjoy decorating your home but don’t have a degree in interior design you will love the professional advice I’m sharing with you today!
Don’t we love having a home that has our style and stamp on it along with a decorator look? It is a home decor enthusiast’s dream come true! I want my home to have a style all of its own.
One that looks and feels like me AND goes the extra mile to have a polished look that only a professional designer can bring!
Here are 10 decorating tips a professional decorator would give you about creating a home with an interior decorator’s look.
NUMBER ONE DECORATING TIP…CHOOSE A COLOR PALETTE YOU LOVE
It’s important to live in a home that has your “brand”. One that looks and feels like you! And choosing the right color palette for your home is probably the number one decorating tip!
Here are things to remember when choosing an over all color palette for you home…
- TIGHT COLOR PALETTE! That does not mean boring! It just means the colors you choose should work together. Being “tight” in layman’s terms means not using too many colors.
- The easiest way to keep a color scheme moving from one room to another is to paint your walls a neutral color and carry that color throughout your home. Light and neutral walls are very on-trend right now but they are also a long time classic! Going light automatically brightens up any room and creates a clean backdrop for home decor.
- Make sure to learn about primary, secondary, tertiary, and complimentary colors on the color wheel.
- If you love color, go for it! But neutral colors can be the easiest way to go when choosing color. And it’s easy to introduce another “pop” of color to your home!
KNOW YOUR DECORATING STYLE
I think this is one of the best decorating tips you will ever get!!!! Seriously!
Right up there with a great color palette is knowing your decorating style. Maybe not the style you have now, or maybe so! What I mean is you need to know what decor makes your heart sing! That’s your true decorating style! And it’s not always one style.
And your style is probably NOT one style but several amalgamated into one beautiful personal style!
Knowing your style will save you tons of headaches, time and lots of $$$!
You can take a fun and informative course to discover your personal decorating style and learn so much about decorating HERE.
RETHINK WINDOW TREATMENTS
One big, big, big way to improve the look of a room is to get rid of outdated or heavy window treatments. Ornate fabric and trims and fussy styles are a thing of the past. Take them down. Less is actually best.
I know this may be hard for some of us, I’ve received many emails about drapes. Yes, they might have been expensive and yes, they might be custom made but you have probably gotten your money’s worth. Take down those ornate drapes and opt for simple ones, especially if you have great windows!
Window treatments can say a lot about your home! What are they saying about yours… and do you like what they are saying?
The hard truth is if your window treatments are over 10 years old they are probably not doing your home any favors!
You might want to think about taking down window treatments all together as I did in my dining room and breakfast nook!
I love the bright, open look!
You can see 10 RULES FOR CHOOSING THE PERFECT CURTAINS HERE.
ANOTHER BEST DECORATING TIP ABOUT CURTAINS
If you are deciding to go with store-bought drapes to dress your windows make sure they at least touch the floor. Better yet let them puddle a little. This will give them an expensive, designer look. And the higher you can hang them above a window the better. You want drapes to look long and lush and full!
This may mean that you buy drapes that are longer than you normally would. No “high water” drapes, please!
When it comes to curtains my mantra is “hang em hight and swing em low, partner!”.
INVEST IN A SOFA
A sofa is the largest and most visible piece of soft furnishing you have in your home. And it gets used more than anything else as well.
Here’s MY best decorating tips when it comes to choosing a sofa…
If there is one piece of furniture to invest in it is a good, durable and well-made sofa! Unless you can replace it as the styles change choose a solid, neutral colored sofa. You will get more years for your investment.
You can add pillows and throws to a sofa to add color, pattern, and style!
MIX METALS IN YOUR HOME
Here’s the next best decorating tip.
Years ago the rule of thumb was to stick to one metal when decorating a room. If you had a brass chandelier then the rest of the metallics in the room should also be brass. Some rules are not only meant to be broken but thrown out! And this is one.
Mixing metals makes a room a more interesting and adds a great designer look!
I love love love the look of mixed metals. It’s rich and fun and sassy!
PILLOWS PILLOWS PILLOWS
Pillows are the jewelry of the decorating world.
A bevy of beautiful pillows on a sofa, chair or bed have the ability to change the look of a room!
It’s true! This best decorating tip is music to my ears. Adding lots and lots of pillows to a sofa or bed equals a luxurious look! Just do it… you will love it!
DECORATE WITH TEXTURE
I know you may not believe this but I am wild about color! I love mixing patterns! I love using bold color together too. My home does not reflect that, however. After decades of color, I’m finding I like to LIVE with neutrals and I don’t get tired of them. Now, much of my furniture is not room or color palette specific and can be changed around!
A designer would tell you, don’t add more color to your home unless you can easily change it when it runs its course. Instead, add texture! Texture is the life breath of interesting decor. It may be subtle but it is powerful. The next time you think a room is missing “something” try adding some more texture!
No wonder adding texture is one of my best decorating tips, right?
BE DETAILED ORIENTED
Add accents and details to a room like a pro. But don’t overcrowd a room with lots of collectibles and “stuff”. Go for a streamlined look! I am THE embellishment queen, but I know that often less is really more! Add layers to a room to give them a designer look. Go for accent pieces that really make a statement in a room.
There you go! My top 10 best decorating tips! These are ones any designer would share with you too!
Now, what are some of your best decorating tips you are willing to share?