Decorating your new home?

Japanese old style house interior design / 和室(...Image by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) via FlickrOne of the most challenging jobs after moving into your new home is to decorate it in a manner that is pleasing, comforting, charming and aesthetic. Often you have that odd bookcase, shelf or tabletop that doesn’t fit in and pose a huge dilemma. Further there are the choices in lighting, interior colours, pillows and sheets, curtains, flowers, mirrors etc., which if not set just right can give a feeling of being trapped in a dull and cluttered home. Here I present a few ideas for a quick makeover of your home, which might help make your day to day activities more productive due to the positive energies flowing through your home.

Create a balance between like and unlike!! Often we tend to just place things which are similar in one place. This might be helpful to remember where you placed your stuff; however, we have to remember while decorating a house that we avoid boredom setting in. Hence, displaying objects in a creative manner is more important than just choosing interesting objects.
To keep your visitors interested in your home, it is important that there is a sense of harmony (i.e. blend in the objects with their surroundings and styles) and at the same time a bit of chaos (contrasting texture, stripes, shapes etc…) that makes one wonder what the idea is all about. Do not over do this however. Too much of anything is always overkill. You want a bit of both in your arrangement.

  • Choosing your pillows

Pillows come in odd shapes and sizes too and can add beauty to your interiors. They can also provide for the contrasts in texture and can create dramatic accents. Bright colours and bold patterns add life to a boring couch, and provide warmth to your stiff furniture. Keep mixing the patterns but keep them from tiring the eye.
Magnitude and Magnificience
It is very important to remember to keep things in proportion to their surroundings. A small candlestick on a huge table would look totally out of place… Instead use one which is in proportion to the magnitude of the table or use many candlesticks together. Similarly when displaying a flower vase/ flower arrangement, place it on an end table proportionate to the display.

We generally make the mistake of using things that are too small for their surroundings, it is better to group these items together on a plate or fabric to give them an interesting appeal.

  • Place that mirror right

An ideally positioned mirror can create two things – give the appearance of extra space and provide interesting reflections. In a cramped room a strategically placed mirror could offer you the extra space you thought only remodelling would do. Always hang mirrors opposite things you want to see more of: opposite a piece of artwork, or window, or indoor plant.
Highs, lows and appeal
Okay you have identified the objects you want to fit into an unoccupied space based on the two ideas above. It’s now time to remember the highs and lows of arrangement. Start with a larger, taller piece slightly off centre…this will be the defining piece in your arrangement. Now work to the outer edges in layers…Add a taller background layer, a middle sized medium height layer, and your tiniest objects in the front. Keep the eye moving up and down as it purveys the arrangement from left to right for interest. Add some lace or frills along the edges of a table or shelf, place some coloured objects around objects you want to highlight and give appeal to your décor.

  • Lighting your home

Lighting is almost always the cornerstone of home décor. Creating an atmosphere, attracting attention to a special object, highlighting a special part of the home is often easier with the proper use of light and shadows.

It is always advisable to have two different lighting options at home, the first for use in day to day life and a second one for the special occasions when you are entertaining guests or are in a mood for rest and relaxation. Often subtle small lights placed at interesting places, such as, at the base of a potted plant or on a side table or behind curtains can give a special feel to the atmosphere.
Above all, keep trying new combinations of items until you find an arrangement that works for you. Use things in unusual ways. Tuck flowers or a live plant into an arrangement that seems too static. Even professional designers will occasionally be surprised by trying things in a new way!
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