Thursday, April 4, 2013

5 Tips to Remember When Decorating

Decorating can sometimes be a challenge, but if you keep these 5 tips in mind while shopping you'll be sure to create the space of your dreams.

1. Invest in the anchors of the room, the larger pieces of furniture that ground the space. Sofas, arm chairs, cabinets and bookshelves should be quality pieces that can stand the test of time. When the bones and structures of furniture are well-made, it will be a more cost effective investment. If you've inherited furniture or become bored with the style, have it reupholstered to refresh the look. Wood furniture can be refinished or painted to breathe new life.
2. Shop at flea markets, secondhand shops and antique stores for unique accessories. We all have our favorite department stores and designer collections, but some of my most coveted pieces I've found on overlooked shelves in thrift shops. These little treasures add a layer of personality and a lot of them are one-of-a-kinds you won't see anywhere else.
Keep your eyes open while travelling as well. Make it a point to bring home at least one keepsake to display in your home. Not only will it be a great conversation piece to add to your decor, it will bring global charm to your interior.
3. Resist the urge to match. I know buying a 3 piece bedroom set is easier, but fight it! A room is so much more interesting when the common thread is color, patterns or style. Be patient when decorating, take your time and find furnishings that work well together. Layer your room with different woods and metals, add depth with tones and shades. Don't be afraid to take chances. If it doesn't work, you can always change it.
4. Flooring can be easily forgotten, but it's so important. Like cufflinks to a suit or pearls to the little black dress, it's that last touch that completes the overall look. Polished concrete in industrial lofts or Moroccan rugs in bohemian style interiors are examples of how the flooring can finish the space. Flooring can also be used as the primary feature such as mosaic tiling in your bathroom or a decorative wood inlay in your foyer. 
5. Good lighting is the best complement to your furniture. Have you ever noticed how many lighting fixtures are in your favorite hotel lobby? My guess is there are quite a few. They all serve a unique purpose and help set the overall mood of the space. For general lighting, the days of harsh fluorescent overheads are over. Instead, directional recessed lighting is a more pleasing way to accent architectural features or artwork. Add dimmers to really control the illumination. Use decorative table lamps to warm a living room or a chandelier to cast a glow on a wood dining table. Desk lamps add function to your office and a sconce next to your bed can illuminate a specific area for reading.

Let's not forget daylight. I am really against covering windows with blackout drapery unless it's unavoidable. If needed, shear drapery or bamboo shades can be used to shield excessive heat or glares. Let the natural light in if you're lucky enough to have good exposure. It instantly expands a room and gives an open and airy feeling to your home.


  1. so informative and great pictures to capture the tips. I couldn't agree more with lighting.

  2. Confession: I'm struggling with #3 right now.


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