Decorating your home or your room is more than just filling it with new furniture. When a space is well decorated, everything comes together cohesively; arrangements make sense, and colors help build the desired ambiance. All of these point to the need for a theme. If you are planning to embark on some serious decorating, here are a few tips to make sure the area you fix has the theme that will give it lots of pizzazz.
Some people invest a considerable amount of money in decorating and yet fail to make their homes reflect their personality or the lifestyle they live. To illustrate, a fancy French villa with a lot of antique furniture can be very easy on the eyes, and many homeowners actually adopt that theme even when it does not show what its owners are really like.
A place that shows the world the best of you is one that you and all other residents can identify with. For example, a fancy front door with intricate glass inserts certainly looks elegant, but a family with an active bunch of kids who love horses might do better with home decor that includes a barn door replica as an entry.
2. Create a plan to carry out the theme.
It is always best to have a comprehensive plan, one that keeps the over-all theme in sight. This maxim holds true even when you don’t have the money to do everything at once. A plan and its theme will prevent your home or your room from looking like a hodgepodge of items that have neither logic nor continuity.
If you’ve seen a house where one room seems totally disconnected to the others, you will know that the person doing the decorating proceeded without the benefit of a clear direction. Chances are, the house will look far from restful.
A decorating theme should be one that people will be comfortable with. Moreover, as the theme is applied, it should create spaces that make living easy.
If the theme of your room runs to floral wallpaper, plenty of houseplants, numerous throw pillows, and touches of lace here and there, fine. Just make sure that as you implement a theme you pay close attention to traffic, allow freedom of movement, and provide space for recurring activities.
4. Use color wisely.
As a rule, you should choose your basic color and use this for more than 50 percent of the room you are decorating. After that, about a third of the room should be in a color that will provide interest to your color scheme, and about ten percent should be in a color that will provide accent to the room.
Color is a powerful decorating tool that can coordinate everything in your surroundings. To use color effectively, invest in a color wheel and read up on the basics of combining colors. With a color wheel, you will be able to wisely choose either complementary colors (they are located opposite one another on the wheel) or analogous colors (next to each other on the wheel).
5. Discipline yourself from buying everything you like.
It is important that you choose a theme you truly like because that will make it easier for you to refrain from picking up everything you like. Good decorating involves applying some discipline to make sure everything comes together cohesively. This doesn’t mean all your stuff has to match, it simply means you can’t fill up your house with everything you take a fancy to.
6. Make sure your theme allows you include the things you love.
Regardless of the theme you finally choose, there should always be space for a well-loved rock collection, a vase given by a friend, or an afghan given by a favorite aunt. Don’t be afraid to throw these things in with the other items that you have chosen according to a definite color scheme. Remember that the things you love will give your house the personal touch it needs to truly come alive.
Written by Paisley Hansen. Paisley is a freelance writer and expert in health, beauty, and interior design. When he isn’t writing, she can be found reading a good book, hitting the gym, or playing with her Australian Shephard. Find her on Twitter for more.