I often get questions like: what’s your best tip on how to decorate a home? or what’s the secret behind a good looking room? And I’d like to share my answers with you….
So here they are, my most common answers to these questions. Enjoy!
#1 Skip the ceiling lamp
Very often the ceiling lamp is the main provider of light, this doesn’t create a good functional light or cozy atmosphere. Instead: dare to skip the ceiling lamp, (except over the dining table), and focus on having more of small hanging shades, table and floor lamps. This will create a balance between shadows and light, adding an atmosphere in your room. It also brings out the structures and surfaces in the room. And at last but not least – Place lamps where you need them not where you think it looks pretty.
#2 Invest in some time before you start furnishing your room, make a plan.
It is important to identify what kind of functions or activities that will take place in your room before you start furnishing. Otherwise you will end up with solutions you don’t really like or won’t use. I’m always starting with the activities, it makes it alot easier to structure a room and come up with a good plan.
#3 The way you hang your curtains can make a big difference
The way you hang your curtains has a big impact on your room. Instead of hanging your curtains just above the window, place them as high as possible, close to the ceiling. This will make your room feel bigger and more spacious.
#4 When using carpets, go big!
Too small size of carpets makes your room unbalanced and leaves the furniture disconnected from each other. Big carpets connect and make the room feeling bigger. They can be hard to find and expensive. Use more of the small ones instead. Either the same kind of carpets or you mix different kinds.
#5 Be happy ever after with your choice of wall color
A good rule of thumb when looking at color samples like the once in the picture, is that the color ALWAYS look darker or more intense on the actual wall. So go for next lighter steps on the scale. Also have in mind what surface you paint on. The more structure, the more shadows and the darker the color will look. I recommend to get some actual samples of paint and then to paint an area or two of the wall. Look at it in different times of the day…Then you know how the color will work in both daylight and evenings when your lamps are switched on. Happy painting!
#6 Make better use of the room is all about how you furnish.
Always placing your furniture against or along the walls? To avoid furnishing against the wall in every room of your home is of course not possible…BUT it is worth experimenting when you can. If all furniture are up against the wall, very often you end up with empty space in the middle not really being used. Only using 30% of the floor space! Test and try, have fun! Connect the furniture with carpets, lighting etc and you have created more dynamic in your room.
#7 Create that “little extra”
Start with yourself and what you like. Bring out memories and things characteristic for you and what you like. It’s when we try to show someone else’s style or trusting too much in trends, the “soul” of our home gets lost. Place yourself first and then add trends. Not the other way around.
#8 Creating good harmony
Are you adding more and more trying to create that extra feeling to find a good balance? Harmony is not about number it’s about the way things make you feel.
Dare to look around and ask yourself:
-is this item important to me?
-is it creating a good feeling?
-is this item adding value to my life?
If not, say goodbye…Sell, give it away… or put it away and use it occasionally depending on season.
Do this more than once in a room until you feel ready. It is when you surround yourself with things that actually matters to YOU, the harmony is created!
#9 Make it eco-friendly when you can.
Being more eco-friendly and sustainable when decorating your home, is about knowledge. Just like many of us today already make conscious decisions about what we eat, we can apply the same principle for home furnishing. Knowing what you buy, what material, how it is produced and how long of a transport etc.
When it comes to home furnishing there is one more important aspect ( that’s not possible at the same extent when it comes to food) you don’t have to buy new stuff. Buy second hand/vintage. Reuse and recycle, that way there is no new footprint created. Like the pic above… old and flea market finds I use for setting the table.
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