When creativity is involved, there are very few rules to how you tackle your home décor. However, when you’re not quite sure how to start, it can become an all-too-stressful process with results that very between the jumbled and the disastrous. Here, we’re going to look at sorting the confusion out, finding the elements that are going to serve as the basis of a great room, no matter what that room is.
Colour plays a massive role in any room and finding the right palette is important. If you truly have no idea which hues work best together, don’t be afraid to use a colour scheme guide. But one of the most important points is not to start with the paint or wallpaper colour. Rather, find those pieces of furniture you love the most and make the walls compliment that. Otherwise, you’re limiting your choice of furniture too much at the start.
You don’t need anything else limiting your choice because the need for space can be limiting enough. Space helps a room look bigger, cleaner, allows more light through, and offers clear sight lines. Most importantly, however, is thinking about how foot traffic goes through the room. It shouldn’t have to proceed directly through the middle, so instead think about creating a central area, whether it’s the bed in the bedroom or the sofa and table in the living room. Rather than creating space in the middle of this central area, redirect around it.
How light travels through the room is important. Depending on the space, you will want to use lighter colours to allow that light to get around more easily, as opposed to darker colours that suck in light and can make a small room look even smaller. Light fixtures are just as important, however. Besides a good source of light layers that keep the room even, pieces like antique lighting can serve a perfect focal point. Another important aspect of lighting is its placement in regards to furniture. You want furniture placed as close to under lights as they can be, so they’re not casting dramatic shadows across the room that can create a little too much darkness.
The focal point serves as the key visual reference for the rest of the room. It draws the eye and makes a statement. It should also serve as the reference point for which most of the room serves as surroundings. Your focal point can be anything from a picture on the wall to an architectural fixture like a big fireplace. As mentioned, it can even be a particular impressive lighting fixture. It brings out the personality of the room, which is it’s important to allow enough space around it so that sight lines to the focal point aren’t blocked. You want it to make a statement.
As said at the top, your taste and your creativity rule supreme in the home. However, it’s always a good idea to have a base to start from and hopefully, the points highlighted here help you form that.