9 Tips to Decorate your Home like a Pro

Home decorating is no easy task for someone who doesn’t have an eye for design. However, re-designing your home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive; in fact, even the most subtle changes make a huge difference!


To make the task a little bit easier for you, we’ve listed some tips and tricks to help you decorate your home like a pro:

1.       Plan Ahead

Formulate an action plan. You need to take into account how many people the space needs to fit, and what those people will be doing while they are in it.

Pay attention to the amount of space you have.Don't force too much furniture into a room or large scale items in a small scale space. Draw up a floor plan to help you decide where pieces will go, and to get the measurements set up to make sure everything will fit well.

2.       Choose a Mood

Creating a mood is one of the goals when re-designing a room. Deciding on a mood will help you to choose colors, patterns and fabric more easily. Depending on the room you can go for relaxed, cheery, fresh, etc. Decide how you want your guests to feel when they enter a room, and work with that when making decisions.

3.       Paint Color

Choose the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rugs and other furniture. There are so many different options for paint color, so you’ll want to be sure that you’ve decided before you go ahead and start painting.

Choose colors that you enjoy, that bring out the mood you’re going for and that make the room look more spacious. Darker colors will make the space look smaller, while accent walls or wallpaper can make a dreary room look much more fun and modern. Take your time with this decision as you won’t want to go back over it again.

4.       Hang artworks properly

Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline of each piece is 57 inchesto 60 inches from the floor(the average human eye level).This is a good tip to remember if you can’t decide where you want artwork to sit on the wall.

Tip: In hanging artwork, the piece needs to relate to human scale, not the structure’s scale.

5.       Furniture- Rug Arrangement

Basic rules for rug arrangements include all four legs of the sofa and chairs in a furniture grouping should fit on it; the rug should define the seating area.  At the very least, the front two legs of the sofa and chairs should rest on the rug.

For larger rooms, make sure the area rug is large enough so that it does not look out of place in the room. Conversely, a smaller room should be furnished with a smaller rug.

6.       Mirror Trick

Mirrors help a room to look and feel brighter, because they bounce the light around. Put mirrors on walls perpendicular to windows, not directly across from them (Hanging a mirror directly opposite a window can actually bounce the light right back out the window).

7.       Fill Corners Properly

If you have the space, consider putting an upholstered bench or chair and side table in a corner. It'll give the impression that the room is larger.

If you don’t have the space, try adding plants and shrubs to lonely room corners.Natural elements can also set a certain mood for a room and bring in a nice scent. Try not to fill corners with big, bulky pieces that make the room look even smaller.

8.       Keep the vanity clutter-free

For bathrooms, it’s important to keep the space around your vanity and sink clutter-free. Just like in hotels you should keep the counter free of products, toiletries, etc. except for a couple of key pieces that have pretty packaging.

A few simple statement pieces will add some color without going overboard. Rolled up white towels in a basket and a potted plant can be all that you need to change the look of your bathroom.

9.       Brighten everything up

If you want to make your home more bright and cheerful, good lighting will be very important. If there are any windows, consider putting up some airy curtains, and refrain from heavier, darker materials. Even adding light to a room can change the way it looks and make it much more inviting.

When you’ve put together a simple and effective re-decorating, you might then be considering re-designing your basement. Consider these guidelines to help you make good choices and avoid common mistakes in a basement re-decorating.

Home decorating can be very simple and a lot of fun! If you have a plan set in place, then you’ll be able to make the process much faster and possibly save yourself a lot of money. Use the information here to help guide you to a home that you have always dreamed of designing.

Need help with your budgeting?Our simple guide will help you decorate your home without breaking the bank. At DSEAYCOM, we’re happy to answer any questions you have about buying and selling in the Alabama area. Contact us today to speak with a qualified agent!

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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay
DSEAYCOM B'ham Branch