Some people just have a natural sense of style, a good eye and confidence in their decorating or design decisions. Others perhaps feel that they need a little help; they’re not sure where to start, which options to choose or how to complete that ideal look and feel.
To be honest, all decorators and stylists have a few tricks up their sleeve; a few failsafe decorating tips and tricks on which they rely to update spaces. From carefully placed finishing touches to clever use of colour and planning – this is our guide to style.
The art of decor and design should be a fun!
The key to a beautiful home isn’t always about spending a huge amount of money. On the contrary, it’s about ensuring that all the elements are carefully considered and combined harmoniously; and that the spaces are functional, efficient and suited to your lifestyle. You need to find that sweet spot where you strike a balance between comfort and design.
Design your home so that it is uniquely suited to your lifestyle and an efficient yet comforting sanctuary.
A fresh coat of paint is the quickest and easiest way to revamp a space. Remove all dirty marks and scuffs, boost your neutrals and, where appropriate, add a pop of colour. Always use tester samples, as paint colours appear very differently in different rooms and in different lights.
It’s all white
There are multiple shades of white, so you need to decide on the correct shade for the intended wall. Some whites look can look too cool or too warm in certain lights. A good idea is to paint a piece of cardboard in the shade you are considering. This will allow you to move it around the room to view it from different angles.
This is simple and successful proportion rule that will help you put your colour scheme together. It can be broken down to the following: 60% of the room should be in the dominant colour, which serves as a backdrop. This is usually your walls, as well as large element like carpets and couches. The secondary colour you choose should make up 30% of the room; this could be curtains, furniture or linens. This secondary colour supports the main colour, but contrasts it. Then you add the 10% accent colour, such as your accessories, art pieces and even additional lighting.
The rule of thirds
Designing with odd numbers creates harmony as well as visual interest. The basic idea behind the rule is that detailing and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective than even-numbered pairings.
Rhythm and repetition
Repetition creates rhythm in a space; and rhythm creates intrigue. This is the use of the same element in a repetitive pattern and could be the same colour, texture, line or any other element repeated throughout several spaces.
Create a focal point
Every room should have a focal point. This is an area/object to which your eyes are naturally drawn.
If there isn’t one, create one. You could paint a wall in a different colour than the other walls in the room. Use a large, bold piece of furniture or a statement artwork or even a large mirror.
This concludes Part 1 of our guide. In Part 2, we’ll be covering aspects like additional décor and lighting tips.