When it comes to decorating your space, the devil is in the details. As a real estate agent in Northern Virginia, I see a lot of new homes that are tastefully done without breaking the owner’s bank accounts to get the interior décor right.
According to the bureau of labor statistics, the employment growth rate of the interior design industry is set to grow by 4%, which is slower than other occupations. Do you know why?
Well, it’s partly because new homeowners are becoming more décor savvy and doing it themselves! Now is your chance to try these 4 easy decorating tips. If not well-defined, your space will be definitely inviting and elegantly sophisticated if you do them properly.
1. Define your Living Room Space
Have you ever seen a living room with the same wall to wall carpeting that extends from the living room to the bedrooms and corridors? It gives you the feel of a hotel, doesn’t it? With no definition from one room to the next, it can make the house look pretty old fashioned and boring.
Instead, consider individual rugs in the living room that define the sitting area. That means that all the sitting furniture like the sofa and coffee table should be sitting on the rug. If you really love a rug and it seems not all your furniture can fit on it at least the first front legs of the sofa and the entire coffee table should fit on it. The idea is to give a grouping effect to the furniture in the living room and make that area cozy and inviting.
If you are afraid of leaving the other areas bare, think of it this way: You are creating a visual effect in your living room with the rug and furniture arrangement. And that is a pro decorating tip!
2. Artwork! Artwork! Artwork!
Never underestimate the power of a beautiful piece of art. This can be in the form of a beautifully sculpted bust or a wall painting that defines the wall space.
Of course, the key is to make sure that you scale the artwork to your wall. A small painting on a large wall looks ridiculous and a huge painting that doesn’t fit the wall makes your space look cluttered.
I recommend one large piece on a big wall or a small gallery of work that covers a large portion of the wall. Ensure the pictures stand at eye level for both tall and short people.
To create the perfect gallery effect with smaller pieces, hang them about four inches from each other. As for the bust, place it as a standalone, preferably on a high stool or the mantle where you can showcase its glory.
3. Proper Lighting
When it comes to lighting, you should aim to have three specific lighting in your home if your space is starved of natural lighting. Have ambient light that gives your room a nice glow all while lighting up an entire space. This can be lighting from your chandelier or ceiling fixtures.
Next, have the accent lighting which is especially necessary if you have artwork like your bust up there. Accent lights are used to highlight a piece of artwork or can be decorative in nature.
And last but not least have task lighting. This is lighting in the kitchen or any other area of the house where you perform tasks. It also applies to your reading light. When you layer all these lights over each other, you can create a beautifully warm space at any time of the day.
4. Choose Your Furniture Wisely
Whether it is the colors or the materials your furniture needs to speak to each other, wood works well with any other pieces, like metal or woven elements. Opt for a nude hue for the sofa where you can incorporate splashes of color using throw pillows as opposed to an entire loud colored sofa.
This is not to say that loud colored sofas do not look great but everything else has to complement the color compared to muted colored sofas that are more accommodating.
Create a U-shaped sitting area where your furniture faces each other around a coffee table. This allows you to make eye contact during conversation and makes the sitting room look more compact. This setting works for a large room as well as a small room.
Avoid, at all costs, the floating room phenomenon where all the furniture is pushed up against the wall. It only makes the room look uninviting and underutilizes your space.
Of course, before you go ham on the decorating, make sure you have taken care of the walls with light and neutral colors and also hanged your curtains just right. Basics like these, combined with our easy decoration tips, will give you a space you can enjoy as you build up on other décor ideas you may come up with in the future.
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Darren Robertson is a top-producing licensed REALTOR® in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Valuing service over sales, Darren is known by his clients for both his extensive local market knowledge, as well his patience and reliability as he helps them on their home buying and home selling journey.
Darren is a tech-forward agent who places a heavy emphasis on internet marketing and blogging in his business.