With the influx of home decorating shows, DIY tips, and remodeling reveals it is easy to get overwhelmed with so much advice. Isn’t there anything simple these days? Well, for those of us who would like a quick education in the basics of design, there are 3 things that every person should know before trying their hand at redecorating or remolding.
There are so many things to learn about creating and decorating a home; follow these simple guidelines and the rest of the details should fall into place naturally.
Basic #1: The Budget is always the Biggest Design “Do”
This may not seem like a fun or unique detail, but when it comes to design the budget is always the first thing to consider. You can spend hours scouring the Internet or magazines for great design ideas but if you don’t know what your budget is, you may end up falling in love with Italian marble floors or top-of-the-line hardware, and find that your budget does not allow for such extravagance.
Set your budget first, and then look at which design elements fit into that number. The good news for you is that there are so many options from expensive to economical these days which will allow you to make a room look like a high end room on the cheap. Don’t fall victim to blowing out your budget on unnecessary items- choose a number, and stay within the number.
Basic # 2: De-cluttering is Like Discovering a New Home
You may be surprised to discover that one of the top 3 basic design “dos” has less to do with bringing stuff in and more to do with taking stuff out. Too much clutter can hide a beautiful home. Unwanted collectibles, loose papers, disorganized hutches, and mismatched furniture can all add up to a messy and uncomfortable living space.
De-cluttering is the most powerful tool that any person has when decorating their home. So pull out the gloves, and dig in to take it out. This simple step can reveal that the most beautiful aspect of your home is the exact thing you are covering up.
Basic # 3: Color is Key
It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. One of the most inexpensive ways to decorate, painting a room the right shade, can really transform the space from blah to brilliant. Never underestimate the power of a carefully chosen color. When adding color, don’t forget to add texture too. Wallpapering is another chic option when adding an accent wall with some depth and interest to a room. Don’t go too crazy with bold patterns and colors, but a subtle grass cloth, cross hatch, or circle pattern can take a room from pretty to “pow”!
If you don’t know what color will look best in your space, it is always a good idea to consult a color specialist. Just as color is key to making a room look its best, the wrong shade can also make a room feel smaller, less inviting, or cold.