There are some people who are naturally great at decorating, there are some that are able to learn how to do it, and then there are some people who have no idea at all what to do. For those people some of the most basic techniques can go a long way.
The following tips are some basic design principles that can change your home. Keep these ideas in mind the next time you decorate.
Remember the Rule of Odd Numbers
People who know about photography know about the rule of thirds. Decorating has a similar rule called the Rule of Odd Numbers. When you arrange and group things in odd numbers it makes them look better and stand out more. You should also group together things that are different heights and shapes, but they have to still be related to each other. That might sound contradictory but the items do need to be similar, yet different.
Think of vases. Find three vases that all have the same material, but have different shapes and sizes, or the material has a different texture. Wicker and glass works well together. They are similar materials but also very different.
This is a basic rule that might not work with everything you have, but it’s a good little principle to keep in mind. If the grouping of three doesn’t look right then you should pick a different group. The main aim is to make things look a little different.
Find the Focal Point of a Room
The focal point of a room is the main aspect of it; the part of the room that instantly draws your attention. This needs to be your focus. If you don’t know where to go with decorating a room then start with the focal point. Focal points are things like a window that gives you a great view or a fireplace.
If your room doesn’t have a focal point you can see then you should make your own. Try painting the wall a different color than the rest or bringing in a large piece of furniture or art that really draws the eye.
Find the focal point of your room and base the rest of the decorations around it. Use the colors of whatever it is as the basis for your room. Arrange the furniture and decorations around it. Make sure everything in the room compliments your focal point.
Work with Negative Space
Negative space in a room is basically the space with nothing on or in it. It’s a part of a wall that doesn’t have a picture on, or empty floor space. You might be tempted to fill up every bit of space you can but you need to work with the negative space. Think of it like writing; it’s possible to clutter up a sentence or a book. The same is true of a room.
For a start you need to avoid needless clutter. This is the best way to make the use of negative space. Just because something looks good where you put it doesn’t mean that it needs to be there. You should also make the negative space an intentional thing. Use the negative space to draw attention to what it’s next to. If you have a great picture on your wall then putting other pictures near it just draws the attention away.
Remember to find the places in your room that look great if there’s nothing there. You don’t need to go full minimalist and remove everything. You just need to find a place in your room that doesn’t really need a decoration. Just like there are parts of a room that need to be decorated, there are parts that can be left empty and still look great.
You don’t need to follow a whole bunch of design principles and keep a thousand things in mind when decorating. There are some really simple things that you can do that interior decorators have been doing for years. Most of them don’t even cost any extra money. Some of them, such as making use of empty space, even save you money. So consider the basic design principles and see what great things you can do in your rooms without any extra effort.