Decorating Tricks You Should Steal

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Decorating Tricks You Should Steal

Some tricks to to Cozy Up Your Home.


Mix Up Old And New, Expensive And Inexpensive


There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. The antique Chippendale desk that was your grandfather’s tells a story. It tells the story of your past. The modern couch you fell in love with and simply had to purchase also tells a story, your present story, and there is no reason why the present and past can’t co-exist beautifully together. The same can be said for art. With fabrics whether it be furniture, rugs or pillows, varied colors and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space.




Decorate and Fill Spaces with Plants  


It's amazingly simple, but true. Just adding a living plant or two to will make any room feel more finished and home-y. Put a low-maintenance plant such as a succulent, cactus or philodendron on a side table or nightstand and you'll give the impression you have your act together (Even if you're still working on it!). After all, you have to be responsible enough to keep it alive! And when you're ready to adopt a bigger or more leafy plant, consider a Fiddle Leaf Fig!




Add a vintage touch


Vintage accents often make a room feel more inviting and cozy. Of course, you can give a vintage piece a makeover in order to make it integrate more smoothly into the décor. You can repaint it or change the hardware.




A kilim


The rug is one of the most important accent pieces in a room so choose it carefully. You want to opt for a kilim which is timeless and always beautiful. There are numerous variants and you can find the right one for the style you have chosen for your home.




Hang artwork at the right height


Most people hang artwork too high. Place a piece so its bottom is only three to eight inches above furniture—lower for large pieces and slightly higher for small pieces. When there’s too much space between furniture and a painting, the eye rests on the void, blank wall between the two pieces.




Multifunctional furniture makes the most of a small space


To utilize the space in a small room to its maximum potential, decorate with furniture that can serve a dual purpose such as a sofa with pullout storage space, an ottoman that opens for extra storage, or a steamer trunk that can also double as a coffee or end table. Furniture that can be downsized is a great way to create space, too. Remove the leaf from a dining room table until it’s needed, replace a full-size recliner with a medium-sized chair and footstool, or replace a traditional bed with a pullout sofa or a daybed that can also serve as a sofa.




Rearrange bookshelf


Organize 60% of books vertically on the shelf and 40% of books horizontally. This creates a balance and is spontaneous (if the lining is decorated with fabric, the back of the bookshelf can be displayed). Stacking horizontal books is lower than vertical books: If vertical books are 12 inches tall, place three to four books horizontally, up to four inches. Add green plants to soften the bookshelf, but avoid the flowers, which may seem confusing and distracting.




Want a new coffee table? Check these measurements


Because today's sofa seats are typically about 20 inches tall, making it easy to sit and stand, the ideal coffee table is 15 to 20 inches tall. 18 inches from the sofa; this is the average distance from one's hips to the kneecap (people usually sit on the couch in the living room). In a casual family room, the 18-inch space allows you to wander around the furniture and move around comfortably. Choose a coffee table that is two-thirds wider than the sofa.




Colour co-ordinate items stored on open shelving


Got open shelving? Reduce the visual clutter and keep a small room looking organized by storing items with like colours together.




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