Not everybody has a natural flair for design. In fact, not every designer does. So if you think you are design challenged and have a difficult time decorating your concerned space, do not give up hope. You are not alone. We may know what we want, but sometimes it becomes stressful to put our thoughts or ideas into reality. There are no rights or wrongs when you are talking about designing, but there are certain guidelines which if followed could make even the non-designers look smart. For the ones who have a slightly rough time figuring out a way to decorate their space into a visual treat, there are a few simple tricks and tips which could help you decorate like a pro and gain a quite lot of accolades from your guests (Be sure not to reveal your secret though).
KEEP YOUR JUNK TOGETHER
The first and foremost trick is to be organised. Nobody likes clutter. Not you, not even your guests. Be sure to dispose the unnecessary stuff and once done, arrange and stack your items according to use, visual comfort and circulation. Nobody likes a cluttered coffee table for example. The random newspapers or the TV remote lying on it makes it visually disturbing. Instead, placing a single bowl with flower petals or pebbles or scented candles at the centre of the table makes it interesting. Conceal the utilities to clear out the visual balance.
Do not forget your bathroom. A visually appealing bathroom pleases your guests more than anything else. Leave out the countertop with minimal products, if at all not empty. Organise your toiletries to make it easier to be used and keep your towels rolled up on a stand or even in a basket rather than hanging them.
COLOUR IT NEUTRAL
Now, it is important not to experiment with colours if you are not sure about your decorating skills. The best way to make your room look pretty is to add neutral colours or pastels. You can never go wrong with these choices. Do not try to go for a bold colour or a textured paint, unless you are confident, just because you have seen them at your neighbour’s home. In case you feel that your walls look too simple, go for a small graffiti or sticker paints on one corner or a side of the wall (so that it is easily concealable in case it does not turn out to be appealing) which could turn out to be focal point of the room.
MARK THE FIRST IMPRESSION
Remember that the entrance to your home is the first impression you give to an outsider. So the view as soon as you open the door is a very critical one. But do not worry. If the entrance to your home has a long corridor or a spacious foyer, a gallery wall comprising of family photos, self-made art or your own photography is a great idea to acquaint yourself to your guests. But if the entrance foyer is smaller, you can add a beautiful framed mirror to visually enlarge the space. Make sure not to place the mirror exactly opposite to the entrance, as this sends away the positive energy outwards according to Feng Shui.
POP IN THE ATTENTION STEALER
Having a focal point is an extremely clever idea to draw away one’s attention away from the negativity or flaws of the space. It also gives the room a character and an identity. An art installation or an art piece hanging from the ceiling or even indoor plants are great focal points. For spaces which are smaller, a single wall can be chosen to act as the focal point. Colouring it a vibrant red or orange or other shades of warm colours, draws attention from the otherwise neutral room. Placing an art work at the centre of the wall does enough to create focus on it. Remember that the art pieces should be hung at the eye level. Pairs are a great way to bring a pleasant symmetry to the space. Be it curtains, lamps, chairs or art work, pairs work great to create a visual balance and uniformity.
LIGHT IT UP
Lighting is an integral part for decorating. It adds depth to a space. Depending upon what sort of lighting is being used, the entire mood of a space can change. Placing floor lamps beside tables or chairs, hanging pendant lights over the dining area, using a spot light to focus on an art piece creates an ambience in the room. Remember that a light fixture can be a standalone art piece in itself. Chandeliers are great too, but not knowing what design to implement is a risky option. In such case, going minimalistic is the best solution because “Less is more”.
There are also certain smaller things which can change the look of your space in a jiffy. Placing vases with fresh flowers or throwing in some brightly coloured cushions onto your couch can add a lot to the space. Potted plants on your kitchen sill or at the corner of your living room brings in life to the space. Do not go for false ceilings or ceiling lights if you are not confident. Who knows, your living room may end up looking like an office interior.
When it comes to decorating, these are no specific rules. It is about the reflection of yourself and the interpretation of others. But do not overdesign your space. Keeping it simple is a smarter choice if you are indeed design challenged.