(Hooker Furniture- Miramar Point Reyes)
Every homeowner wants their home to be a place where they can feel comfortable, where they can share special moments, and where they can invite people over to spend quality time together.
Your home is a reflection of your lifestyle and it should look and feel like you. At Smitty’s, our interior decorating experts often get asked for advice on how best to decorate their homes. That’s why we’ve put together our list of the top three interior decorating tips to help you improve the look of your home.
1. Declutter Your Home!
“Later is the best friend of clutter.”
– Peter Walsh, Australian-American professional organizer
One of the inevitable facts of life seems to be that, over time, we collect things in our home. We’re not referring to actual collections of antiques or stamps — we mean “stuff”.
As the years go by, we tend to acquire items and the stuff tends to build up — sometimes it builds up so much that it gets in our way or prevents us from enjoying our home. Aside from being a fire and health hazard, clutter is unattractive and doesn’t do anything to show off the nice aspects of your home.
Stop putting off decluttering. Sure, it takes time and effort, but once the unwanted and no longer needed items are gone, you will feel so much better. (Side benefits include making donations to charities and earning some extra cash if you choose to sell your stuff online.)
Decluttering will also help to make your home easier to clean, more functional, and more airy. Who doesn’t want a cleaner and more spacious home?
2. Add A Focal Point
(Hooker Furniture Beaumont Console)
What is an interior design focal point?
A focal point is a simple concept. It amounts to having a piece of furniture, artwork, or decor that creates visual interest and attention. It should be something that draws your eye and might even be considered a conversation starter.
Examples of focal points include a fireplace, a bookcase, an entertainment unit, a headboard for your bed, an armoire, an oversized floor lamp, artwork, a mirror, and other decorative items.
If you room doesn’t have a focal point, then considering adding one. It will help bring some character into your space. You might even consider creating a vignette!
You can read more about vignettes in our blog here.
Expert Tip: Don’t add more than one or two focal points in a room or the space will begin to feel busy. If your eye doesn’t know where to stop and keeps moving around your space, you have too much going on. Think of a focal point as a piece of jewelry. When you get dressed to go out, you wouldn’t want to wear so much jewelry that you look messy or unfocused — the same is true for your home.
3. Mix High & Low-Priced Pieces
What is high-low decorating?
High-low decorating is the art of decorating a room with both high-end, expensive pieces of furniture and inexpensive finds. Sometimes these finds are already in your home. Other times, you might locate a great piece of furniture or decor at a flea market, garage sale, or antique shop.
The high-low style of interior decorating has been around for a very long time because it works and it’s fun! It is also a great way to achieve a stylish look without breaking the bank.
Try pairing your beautiful sectional with less expensive throw pillows, or ground your stunning new coffee table with a reasonably priced area rug.
Expert Tip: Keep an open mind with your furniture and decor arrangement. Just because the tag on the side table says ‘nightstand’ doesn’t mean that it won’t look amazing in your living room. Perhaps the nicely-framed mirror that was intended for your bathroom would look really great in your entryway.
For more expert tips visit us at Smitty’s. Our expert interior decorators are in our showrooms to help with all your questions.