When it comes to decorating it’s so easy to become overwhelmed by the variety of décor items available. You can buy a million beautiful accents, but that doesn’t mean your home will look any more stylish – in fact it might just look cluttered and confused.
The key to decorating is to start with the most basic and dominant decorative element in the room: the furniture. Once you’ve established a style with your furniture you can keep that vibe flowing through the rest of your décor by purchasing accents that complement your furniture.
Shop around carefully and ensure you pick pieces that are true to your personal style; you don’t want to grow tired of your $3,000 sofa in three months. Even if you choose the most neutral and minimalist furniture, it will give you the base you require to begin building your home’s unique style.
1. The Bedroom
Bedrooms are among the easiest rooms in a home to decorate. Typically on the smaller side, there’s less space to fill and more room for personal flare. The bed, or rather the frame, is the focal point and by selecting a bold headboard or frame you can keep the remaining décor simple and low key.
Bedsos.co.uk has a huge selection of frames. Look for a fun fabric headboard or an antique style metal frame to give your bedroom personality. Let the bed’s style lead you in selecting linens and accents.
2. The Foyer
Even if your home doesn’t have a foyer you can create an organized and stylish entry that emanates a sense of welcome. All foyers need two pieces of furniture: a bench and a table. If your space is small select a bench that can be tucked away under the table. Benches with storage are a great option for hiding away the clutter of shoes. Based on the style of these items you’ll know what to pick for a rug and mirror.
3. The Living Room
Spacious, with many items of furniture and expanses of blank wall, the living room almost always provides a challenge. Begin with the sofas. Sofa.com is a good place to browse. Think carefully about which colors and styles you enjoy, and you will suddenly have an established palette. Mid-century, Swedish design and neutral greys are popular now.
4. The Patio
People often forget their outdoor space when they are decorating. During warmer seasons you and your guests will spend a lot of time in the garden so don’t make them sit on rusty vinyl lawn chairs.
Check out the articles and design tips for the garden space available at Homebase.co.uk to figure out what you want to do in your backyard.
Give your space a stellar and unique design by choosing a stylish barbecue (yes, there are stylish barbecues), an outdoor pool table, elegant lounging chairs, a fun bonfire pit or an outdoor TV.
5. The Kitchen
The kitchen is dominated by built-in centerpieces, such as the island and cabinetry so pick a dining table that speaks to the style and color of the cabinetry. For example, if you have a lot of natural wood or white you might want to think about a country theme and go with a rustic harvest table. Remember the golden rule: leave 36” around the table.