You can create the home you’ve always dreamed of! All you need to do is find the right furniture, art, accessories, and design theme. The tips below will help you design and decorate your first apartment or home, or any existing space you want to take to the next level.
Even if you prefer a contemporary, monochrome, or neutral color palate—incorporating color is a must. This could be a pop of one or two complementary jewel tones, some calming pastels, or some multi-color patterns and prints. Your throw pillows, art, area rugs, and accessories are the perfect way to add your desired color pallet.
The more neutral your interior design, the more texture is required. The more color you have the less texture. So, if you want an all-white or all ‘shades of’ room, mix things up by incorporating satin, silk, linen, glass, metal, sequin, leather, naturally distressed finishes, and even faux fur.
Works Of Art
It can take time to find the art you desire for your walls and side tables, but slowly and surely invest in pieces that speak to you. This can be really fun because you can look for pieces while you travel, at local art galleries and festivals, in thrift stores, and even in nature. Purchase what you love, and you will find a place for it in your home.
Bringing Nature Indoors
In addition to nature-inspired art, bring nature indoors with a few plants. Not to worry if you don’t have much of a green thumb because you can easily find low-maintenance plants—such as aloe, Boston ferns, and cacti. If not live plants, dried or fresh flowers will do.
Wood For Warmth
Wood can be worked into any design aesthetic. From end tables to coffee tables, flooring, shelving, decorative art and more! Choose a natural wood stain, naturally aged or distressed pieces, or painted to match your décor.
Make A Statement
Consider adding a statement piece to every room, or at least to your primary rooms. This could be a fab headboard in your bedroom, an amazing work of art in your dining room, a vintage desk in your home office, or a gorgeous armoire in your living room.
Metallics Are A Must
Just a handful of metallic accents will elevate any room. This includes the hardware on your drawers, photo or mirror frames, mixed metal dining room table—or a full-on work of art. And shades of gold, silver, and copper go with everything!
It doesn’t matter how well-designed or decorated a room, if it’s not comfortable it’s not livable. So, if your couch isn’t cushy enough—add some throw pillows. If a chair is an awkward height, get an ottoman. If you have the seating you need but no where to place your beverages, invest in some side tables. Also, rethink how your furniture is arranged, and if it has a productive and comfortable flow. For intimacy, U and L shaped seating is the best.