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Home Decor Has No Boundaries

Top 10 Tips To Give Your Room A Fresh New Look

Okay HOSS readers, I am going to let a little secret out of the bag for you: professional designers – yes, even the notable TV celebrities – don’t ever follow a rule book when it comes to home decor.

And, as a homeowner, you don’t need to, either.

Home decor may seem like a daunting task – after all, this is why many of us turn to professional designers to get the job done to begin with. But, in actuality, revamping rooms throughout your home is much easier than you think.

What does it take to give your home a new look? Creativity and intuition. That’s right, once you use your imagination and get creative with your space, your home will get the makeover it deserves in no time.

If you’re looking to revamp your room, here are the top 10 tips to keep in mind.

1) Worry about paint colours later. People who own a home or who are buying a new home are always in a hurry to rush off to the paint store and explore colours they may want to use. But what you really want to do first is set up each room with furniture, artwork, rugs and a carpet – to name a handful - and then decide what paint colours will accent the look and feel of your space. Work with your room first and paint later.

2) Spread out your furniture. A room that looks overcrowded with furniture is definitely not pleasing to the eye. Open spaces are far more eye-catching and engaging. Devote a larger portion of your home decor budget on fewer but higher quality pieces. Yes, less is more. As long as you give your room breathing space, it will look smarter and more sophisticated.

3) Make sure your artwork is at the right height. A room always looks great with artwork. Knowing the right height to hang your artwork is also very important. The standard height galleries and museums hang artwork is about 57 to 60 inches from the floor, which is the average human eye level. In the event you are not sure, invite a friend over for advice on height. Or better yet, take a picture of your room with your artwork on display and print it off to look at it – this will give you another perspective on how the room looks and if your pieces are displayed correctly. Keep in mind that, even with soaring ceilings or lower ceilings, all your artwork needs to hang at eye level.

4) Know how to arrange furniture on a rug. There are three basic ways in which you can organize furniture on a rug – all of which are suggested by home designers and stagers. The “All On” approach is when your rug is very big and allows you to place all your furniture on top of it. Make sure you leave about 15 inches or a little more on all sides of the rug’s borders – this will help define your space and comfortably connect it to other areas of the room. The “All Off” approach is for when you are working with a smaller room. It is widely recommended that you buy a big enough rug for a smaller room (not too small and not too big – just right), but you don’t need to place the legs of furniture on it. Having your furniture placed around the rug will look charming on every level. Finally, there is the “Front On” approach where you simply place only the front feet of your seating on the rug, and this will undoubtedly create a more defined space of openness.

5) Avoid being too theme-y. When we think of home decor ideas, many of us tend to reach for a theme such as a Cape Cod motif. But keep in mind a theme like this has been overdone – yes, a theme like this is old and passé. When you want to give a room a makeover, you want to express your individuality. So, give your room a vibe that identifies who you are. Try sprucing up a room with stone panels of sorts, artwork, a palette and a variety of visual materials that define who you are. Think big, but keep your spaces open.

6) Pick a focal point. Your focal point is the anchor to your space. Pick your area and work from it and allow a variety of items to take a more secondary role in your space – not everything has to take a leading role. So, one example is the living room: perhaps a mantel and a piece of art is your focal point to start with? Or, how about a fireplace? Once you pick your focal point, then you can start adding in furniture, area rugs and other materials, which will serve as an extension of your focal point. Another tip is adding layers of lighting that complement your focal point.

7) Rethink your collectibles. Sure, we all get collectibles from time to time from family and friends. Keep in mind, however, that if they don’t match your space then you don’t need them. Collectibles are nice, but they really need to work with the spaces you are creating. Another option is to spread out collectibles that work in different spaces, or simply devote one room where you can show off all your collectibles. But if collectibles don’t fit in, then ditch them, or store them away.

8) Vary scale and proportion. It’s one thing to be in a store and see something that looks nice for a room. However, you need to know the space you are working with. You don’t want to buy something that ends up being like an elephant in a room, and you don’t want to buy something that is so tiny it’ll be insignificant. Know your space and take measurements of your room and this will help you when purchasing furniture and artwork of sorts. Another tip here is to take a wide-angle picture of the room you are working with on your smartphone. That way when you see something you like while in a store you can better visualize your design that suits your space.

9) Be bold. What you really need to keep in mind is that your personality is what defines your space. So go ahead and make a statement in each room you are giving a makeover – incorporate the unexpected, bring out some drama, and demonstrate your inner charisma. Mix and match colours, furniture and bookshelves, and throw in a few extras of sorts. Your home and each room are all about you and feel free to express yourself. Let your intuition guide you.

10) Get creative. Sure, following some guidelines, like the ones outlined in this article, are a great approach and they serve as a good starting point in your home decor journey. All in all, creativity rules the day. The more you open your mind up to the space around you, your rooms will tell their own stories in a unique way. There are no boundaries and rules in giving rooms a makeover. Work with your space creatively and think big.