- Warmth – most rooms in the house may have tiles. During colder seasons, tiles make the house quite cold. If you don’t have underfloor heating a carpet will do just as well and save you money on the electricity. The fibres in the carpet accumulate and retain heat thus creating a natural heater. As you know, warm air rises so the carpet will constantly circulate that heat.
- Style – carpets create a fashion statement. Choosing your favourite carpet will add a personal touch to the room. They can also add with some colour and life to an empty room.
- Cut – many of these lovely items can be cut to the desired size to fit in a room. Many designs will not get distorted if a portion is removed from the edges. Extra edging such as a fringe can also be added to soften the look.
- Completes a Room – as stated before, something covering the uniform floor could brighten up the room. They also break any solid colours thus adding to the décor by complementing the existing furniture and creating a more attractive space.
- Children – children love to play and sit on the floor. Many parents claim that the carpets spread more illness because the fibres catch dust. Allowing your child to play on a cold, tiled floor in winter could also make them prone to illness and sickness. Always keep your carpets vacuumed and shampooed to prevent any dust particles entering the respiratory tract.
- Easy to move – You have to clean underneath the carpets to avoid insects, spiders and other particles from inhabiting that space. Luckily, rolling the carpet isn’t difficult or heavy. Whilst rolling in the carpet, you can also clean the mesh before rolling it out again.
- Let your sofa have a ‘conversation’ with your chairs. It’s a simple trick you can find at hotel lobbies and even rooms to invite people to sit and have a conversation. The furniture are arranged ‘U shape’ or ‘H Shape’. In the ‘H shape’, two armchairs which sit side by side is facing the sofa. In the middle is a coffee table. While the ‘U shape’ places the coffee table in the center, the two armchairs on its left and right side, and the sofa at the middle. All chairs and the sofa are facing the coffee table. Another furniture tip is that don’t push the furniture against the wall. Doing that sets the limit of the room. ‘Floating’ furniture gives the illusion that the room is a lot larger.
- Let natural light in. Want to save on lighting expenses but still make your home fabulous? Go for natural light. Sunlight not only provides good lighting but disinfects your home. It’s also invigorating foe some to get much needed rays. This also means who no longer need thick, expensive drapes.
- Mirror, Mirror, on the wall. Mirrors make the room look bigger. They also bounce light across the room. So be sure to put a mirror in each of your rooms. Place the mirror on walls which are perpendicular to windows so they can effectively bounce light.
- Low ceiling? Use your illusion. If your house has a low ceiling, there are some tricks you can use to make it look higher and well, less claustrophobic. One is to hang your curtains higher than your windows. The ideal height is around three inches, or just the right height before it gets too short. Two, use mirrors. It’s not only magicians who use mirrors for tricks. Mirrors make a room look larger, a leaned one makes the ceiling look higher. Another hack is to use vertical stripes, the lines make your walls seem longer.
- Scale a rug using furniture. Ever seen a living room rug that seems out of proportion? It’s either too big or too small. To avoid this, make sure all the feet of your living room furniture can fit inside the rug. We’re talking about the sofa, two arm chairs and the coffee table. If the rug is too big, there will be lots of excess space. You want the rug to end just a few inches from the furniture feet. This creates a proportion which is not only visually great but the rug ends are tucked properly that they will not be hazardous for people who move around.
Make it Count
Consider your home to be a beautiful puzzle. Let the decor be such that every product fits within it in a perfectly balanced way. Let there be no extra piece, however pretty it may be. Anything that doesn’t serve a purpose of fulfilling that puzzle is a piece that doesn’t count and so should simply be disregarded.
Quality vs. Quantity
One must rather have key pieces which make a statement rather than multiple baubles that do nothing but create noise. Getting carried away by sweeping trends may sound quite alluring at first but will only prove to be a waste in the longer run. Instead, invest in timeless decor products. For example, of all the options of storage boxes online, it is advisable to buy vintage storage boxes rather than many other boxes for decoration. This will ensure that your accents look classy for years to come. Remember, the principle of quality over quantity to always maintain a cleaner, de cluttered home decor.
Left door in, Right door out
Often we get so caught up in buying all the pretty things that come our way, we forget how we have a lot of similar stuff already. It thus, makes a lot of sense for all of us to follow a basic rule of letting something go for every new thing we bring into our homes. This ensures that there is no ‘junk’ as such lying around our homes. Things that we haven’t used in ages, broken decor accents that we can’t seem to let go, etc should all be shown the door to make way for newer, better things.
Small Steps Count
If the modern home decor with its minimalist values is something that you are sceptic about but still want to have it introduced in your life, it’s best you ease into it slowly. For all new things in life, taking a sudden, complete plunge doesn’t always bode well. Taking small steps towards adopting a new philosophy is a sure shot way of sticking to it for a longer duration. This way, you are able to pay attention to details and slowly but steadily get accustomed to a new lifestyle. A lifestyle that you’ll realise soon enough declutter your life figuratively just as it does literally, giving you a clearer head along with a cleaner space!
Making wood the key feature of your room doesn’t have to create a rustic vibe depending on the type of wood used. Going outside of the box entails the search of vintage furniture, where every piece has its own story and face, moreover the detail found in antiques can’t be found in newer models. So what do you do when picking out vintage pieces? Go to a store where you feel the authenticity as soon as you walk through the door. When shopping around don’t get too caught up in finding the same shade of wood because I’ll tell you now, it’s difficult and the piece probably won’t have the same vibe. Therefore, avoid the matchy-matchy and collect various shades and when you place it in your room it will flow effortlessly together.
There’s nothing like that smell of real wood. Finding furniture made out of 100% wood can be difficult and expensive but by shopping vintage you will save a few bucks while still having you stand out in the crowd. By adding a vintage table or a bookcase, the space is colored to your liking even if you stick with your old sofa and chairs. Hand-painted accents on a bookcase can help you bring in the color you want into your space that can flow with other accents. You can also change your space while still keeping the colors neutral with the style. With antiques you can find a variety of styles that speaks to you. Going for the lightness of the Indian boho vibe? Place a carved elephant at the center of your coffee table providing luck while reflecting a smile onto your face. So you found your perfect piece… or two (you can’t help it because vintage shopping will pull you in), now how do you style it? A coffee table with a washed blue coloring and carved legs speaks for itself and place it where you need it. Remember, you know what works best in your living space! Empty wall? Hang up a hand-carved panel, colored or simple wood, that will make people look twice. By adding pieces that have design or texture, you won’t have to complicate yourself with adding a ton of details in order to make the room feel whole.
- There is nothing wrong with having a passion for modern and strange decorations and furniture items. It is when you are no longer happy with what you have designed that becomes a problem. This could be due to the lack of functionality an item has or the types of colours and themes are outdated.
- Choosing the paint colour before getting your furniture could be a mistake. Your furniture is the focal point in your home. The colour should only be chosen once you have found your favourite and most comfortable furniture. Choosing a colour first will limit the styles of furniture to choose from.
- Not measuring the size of the room is another mistake. Everything should be proportional in your house to ease the perfectionist in you. Before purchasing an item at a furniture store, measure the space where it will be placed. This will help you choose the correct sized furniture and keep the room spacious.
- It is okay to keep the lounge suite the same style but it might be overwhelming to you to see a constant colour or type of wood throughout a single room. There should be contrasting objects that lighten the room and create an elegant and modern aura.
- There are some people that have an obsession with collecting strange items. That’s fine as long as you have an allocated space for these collections. Having strange looking furniture like high tables can also be wasting the space you need for dining room tables. Practicality is important when decorating your home.
- Avoid cluttering the room. You might love all your indoor plants, vases and figurines but there will be a point when it becomes too much for one room. Decorations should be there to create a beautiful appearance and not fill up as much space as possible.
- Using uncomfortable chairs in the dining room simply because they are the latest trend can be a mistake. They might be the new fad and a must-have item but it’s important to test the quality and comfort levels so that you won’t regret the purchase one day.