Decorating is one of the most exciting and fun parts of moving into a new home. It’s also daunting—there are so many choices of colors and objects that what initially feels like an easy task has us scratching our heads at the store. Some folks just seem to have a knack for it, that’s because consciously or subconsciously they follow some simple rules. You too can use these fail proof ideas and we promise you decorating will seem to make a lot more sense to you.
Follow the 60-30-10 Rule
Choose a dominant color that you’d like to see most of your home—well 60 percent of it—covered in. This usually means your walls and it’s probably safest to go with a neutral here. Then pick a secondary color that will take up approximately a third of your home, this translates to your furniture and upholstery. Lastly, pick an accent color for your last 10 percent—think pillows, vases, and art.
Go Higher and Wider
Hang your curtains several inches above the top of the window and use rods that go wider than the width of your windows. This draws the eyes up and sideways, giving the illusion that your ceiling is taller and your window is larger than it is.
Anchor the Room
Use a rug to anchor your room, this is especially important in the living area. Make sure the rug is large enough so that the front legs of your furniture—such as sofa and chairs—are on the rug.
Hang it at Eye Level
A good rule for hanging a piece of art is to have its center at eye level—some 55 to 60 inches from the floor. When hanging multiple pieces, treat them all as one object with its center at eye level.
Light over the Dining Table
For standard 8 foot ceilings a good rule to follow is to hang lighting about 30 to 34 inches above the dining table.
Don’t Buy Sets
Do you ever buy yourself an outfit that matches top to bottom? We didn’t think so. Furniture sets evoke a similar feel. For that reason, try to buy pieces that are different but go together. It’s not as easy as buying a set but so much more interesting and if you take your time you’ll be sure to mix colors, textures and materials beautifully.