I've been helping a few people with some projects lately and they usually tell me they just don't know where to start when it comes to decorating a room. There is no perfect way to decorate and often I find myself using one method only to end up starting back at the beginning because I become too overwhelmed. Decorating is an ever evolving process but there a few simple guidlines to follow in case you get stuck.
Tip #1: Repetition.
I find this tip is easily used in a few different ways. The trick is to create cohesion somewhere. Whether in the finish, color, or shape if you link the objects together somehow it wont look like a jumbled mess. A good example would be candlestick holders. Choose a bunch of different shapes and sizes with the same color or finish. You could place them on a mantle or coffee table for a center piece.
Tip #2: A Punch of Color
Maybe you are unsure of a color scheme or have trouble using bright colors in general.
The best answer to this problem is to choose one vibrant color as an accent to give the impact you want without a whole room full of it. Pick an over scaled piece of colorful art or offset your neutral furniture with a lively chair to brighten up your space. It's always best to use this tip on items that are removable in case you grow tired of it.
Tip #3: Add a Little Life
Sometimes I'll get done rearranging a room and feel like I'm missing something. I have to remind myself that a room doesn't just revolve around a sofa, pretty pillows and some art on the wall but also has to feel natural and livable. And for me, nothing says that better than a vase of fresh flowers or beautifully potted house plant. You'll be amazed at the warmth a simple plant can add to any room.
Tip #4: Create an Accent Wall
Now I'm not saying every room in your house should have one designated accent wall and for some people, accent walls just aren't their thing. But if you have one wall in your house that you just can't figure out what to do with, this is worth a try. And let me clarify this, don't just paint it a bright color and call it good. Use this space for something fun and innovative. Maybe use multiple black and white photos with colorful frames. Or put that old scarf collection to use by framing them. There are lots on unconventional things to use that will make people wonder why they never thought of that in the first place.
Tip #5: Find a Starting Point
Picking one design and running with it seems to be harder than it looks for me personally. That's why I find it easiest to have a starting off point that I can refer back to when I begin to stray. Most of the time I will find one piece that I love and will build off that. It can be art, a vase, even a piece of furniture. For example, I created this mood board solely off this pillow I found on Etsy here. And remember it's OK to stray from the original idea.
I hope a few of these tips will help!
Don't be afraid to send me an email if you have a decor question or two!