Decorating: Understand Your Space & Create A Plan

Now that you have determined your decorating style, it’s time to understand your space so you can create a plan of action.

Understand your space

Understand Your Space and Create a Decorating Plan

In order to understand your space, there are a few principles to keep in mind: Scale, Proportion, Line, Balance, Harmony & Rhythm.

Scale refers to how the size of something relates to the size of something else.

Proportion refers to the relationship of objects to one another based on size. You have achieved good scale when all parts are proportionately correct. It takes patience and experimentation to get this right, so work with it until you are satisfied.

Line– Vertical lines display strength and has a formal look. Example: Columns; Horizontal lines have a relaxing feel. Example: Bed; Diagonal lines represents motion and change Example: Gable; Curved lines represents freedom and sensuality. Example: Winding Path

Try to incorporate multiple lines into your plan with furniture and accessories.

Balance– Everything should be distributed evenly throughout the space and feel natural and comfortable to the eye. The items can be situated symmetrical or asymmetrical. Symmetry feels more formal and traditional with same sized objects placed opposite of each other. Placement must be identical. Asymmetry refers to different sized objects place opposite each other and can be pleasing if the scale is correct. Asymmetry has an informal feel and is typically used in contemporary settings.

Harmony is when all the elements relate to one another. Example: matching styles, colors and patterns. Harmony pulls the room together.

Rhythm refers to repeating patterns and moves you around the room. The key to making harmony and rhythm work is balance. Alway add at least one contrasting element for interest.

Creating Your Plan:

First, find out what you like and don’t like about the space. Try to work with the space instead of against it.

Next, walk around the room and see if there is an easy flow. Look at how the furniture is arranged and if it is attractive. Is there a focal point in the room? Does the room feel cozy? Is the size of the furniture relative to the space?

Take measurements of the room and furniture to see how they will be arranged in the space.

Make a sketch in freehand. Pencil in electrical outlets, switches, cable outlets, phone jacks, heat registers and light fixtures. Draw plans on 1/4 inch graph paper. Each square equals one foot.

Create furniture templates based on the 1/4 inch scale. You can find a simple template here or search furniture store websites for other options.

Now that you have the information on how to understand your space and create a plan for decorating it, you are probably looking at the rooms in your home differently, and thinking about the changes you can make to create the home you’ve been dreaming of. 🙂

Are these concepts new to you, or have you been incorporating them all along? I’d love to know!

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What’s Your Decorating Style?

Here’s a brief overview of the most common decorating styles, so you can begin to identify with and determine your own personal decorating style.

Determine Your Decorating Style

Determine Your Decorating Style

Contemporary rooms are uncluttered and decorated with minimal furnishings. Neutrals, black, and white are the main colors in the room, but punched up with accent colors. When decorating a contemporary room, remember, less is more-no florals, ruffles, or details. The furniture pieces have exposed legs. They are usually covered in natural fabrics, and styled without curves or decorations. The floors need a smooth look with wood, tile, or vinyl. To add texture and color to the floor, area rugs are used. Window treatments blend with the wall color.

Determine Your Decorating Style

Contemporary Living Room

Traditional rooms are calm and orderly. The furnishings are classic and may seem to be outdated.  Gentle curves are found in the furniture and patterns on the upholstery is common. Wall colors are either very light or very dark. Multicolored florals feel at home in a traditional setting. Traditional homes will have crown molding and chair rails. Shutters, sheers, cornice, and valances are common on the windows. You will find lamps, plants, mirrors, and books used as accessories and placed in perfect symmetry.

Decorating Style

Traditional Dining Room

Transitional rooms are a blend of traditional and contemporary design. The room has the classic feeling of traditional but the clean lines of contemporary. The room will have a sophisticated feel with neutral colors, such as creams, grays, and black. The fabrics will be suede, leather, or chenille. Accessories are minimal-furniture placement is similar to traditional, but the furniture style will be more like contemporary.

Country rooms are usually made up of muted colors, handmade furniture, and accessories with patterns like stripes, floral and checks. Country rooms have a slightly cluttered appearance which adds to the warmth, comfort, and charm of the design. Simple window treatments like roman shades and half curtains are found in country rooms. Patchwork quilts, baskets, and tinware are often used as accessories in the rooms.

Decorating Style

Country Kitchen

Eclectic rooms have diverse furnishings and fabrics. There are no rules when it comes to designing an eclectic room. Antiques of different periods and countries are often found in the rooms.  Eclectic rooms can have a cluttered, but lived-in look. Dark walls and white trim also help to define an eclectic design, however, anything goes!

Decorating Style

Eclectic Living Space

So, which decorating style are you drawn to? Can you see how you may have already incorporated some of these styles in your own home? Let us know your style in the comments!

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How to Arrange Accessories Like a Professional

Accessories are the final touches when decorating a room. Learning how to arrange accessories can complete a room and help it to feel more personal. There are no right or wrong pieces, select whatever makes you feel happy.

how to arrange accessories like a pro

How to Arrange Accessories Like a Pro!

You can select objects that are your favorites, collectible items, candles, vases or picture frames.

This post will give you tips on how to arrange accessories in your home. It will also help you decide where and how to display them.

First, you’ll want to group the items that are similar by color, shape or material.

Next, vary the height of the items. Place different sized items together to make it interesting. Even if they are the exact same thing, varying the height will call attention to it. Try to make sure that nothing is smaller than an orange or it will get lost in the arrangement.

Now, stagger the pieces from front to back. If you have 3 pieces, place them in a triangle. if you have more than 3 pieces, work with overlapping triangles. Always go for odd numbers when deciding how many items to place.

You can also choose to have a focal point and have the accessories gather around the focal point.

Be careful not to overdo it with too many items. It will begin to look like clutter. If you have a lot of items you would like to display, place a few out at a time and rotate them. It will keep the room feeling fresh and new.

If you have a lot of similar items, (like a collection) it is better to group them together than spread them throughout the room. It will be more interesting to see them all together.

Hopefully, this post has given you some new ideas on how to arrange accessories in your home!

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