Some Wise Decorating Tips For You

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No home is ever a home without decorations in it. Decorations give character to the house—and it speaks volumes of what kind of family lives in a particular home or what kind of people work in a particular office. As we all know, even private spaces observe certain decorating styles for different reasons. Cathy, who works both as residential and commercial interior designer, shared some important decorating tips to us, “If you think that decorating is just a matter of color coordination, you are wrong. We consider several factors before we even put any decorations at a client’s home or office space. We also consider the preferences of the client. For instance, I once met with a family who wanted to make their home interiors look like a country home. However, their living room is too small. I immediately suggested to consider using white paints and selected among the elements they want to be present in the interior. The clients wanted to make the living room look wider and they wanted to put some family pictures so I thought of making a collage. With the furniture, I suggested that we make it minimalistic since there is already a wall with a collage. We added a carpet just to make it more homey as well. Another interesting commercial client I had was with a travel agency who wanted to make their receiving area a bit more friendly and chill. We suggested hanging some lively photos of people enjoy their travels abroad and made sure that the furniture are cushiony. One of the rules I always follow in decorating is knowing what mood the client wants to achieve.”

On the other hand, there are decorators and interior designers who do not really believe in strict design rules, “I hate to break it to you, but designers don’t follow a secret rule book. There are no hard and fast laws governing what we do. We are creative types by nature and love to imagine, dream and explore, following our intuition. That said, there are some rough principles that guide us to ensure a great result every time. They are just tried and true things that work. And these aren’t tricks or skills that take years to master. Anyone can do them from day one. Consider this a foundation for developing your own quirky, creative, rule-breaking intuition,” shared Judith Taylor as she contributed an article titled 12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better to houzz.com. She added, “Give your furniture some breathing room. Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Spend more of your budget on fewer but better-quality pieces, and your room will look better than if it’s stuffed to the gills with flea market finds. The high-backed chairs shown here, for example, stand out because they don’t have to fight for attention.”

Another interesting tip was shared by Anne from Singapore, who has majored in commercial interior design, “The way to hang a picture or a painting or any visual artwork should be how museums and galleries do it—which is 57 to 60 inches from the floor. According to experts, 57 inches is the average eye level so this should be followed wisely.”

“Just make sure there is one accent that stands out,” says Janina who works as a freelance decorator. “You can have the simplest furniture and still turn that interior into something majestic with just one star ergo accent in that space.”

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