5 Home Decor Rules To Help You Decorate Your Home Like An Interior Designer

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First things first, you don’t have to be an interior designer to know how to take your space from blah to gorgeous.

You also don’t have to end up broke to get there either. 

The days where you had to have serious money to invest in halfway decent decor and furniture for your living space are gone.

Home decor is super accessible these days and it doesn’t take much to purchase a few key pieces to liven up your living room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or patio.

If you learn a few home decor rules, you can be well on your way to a well put together cozy living space. Here are five basic home decor rules to make sure everything you buy fits together perfectly.

Lighting and ambiance

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Lighting and paint go hand in hand when trying to create a certain feel in your living space. This all depends on how much natural light your home or apartment already get vs. how much more or less light you might want at any given time of the day.

One thing to remember is that you don’t have to stick to buying basic run-of-the-mill light bulbs. They often have an uninviting yellow tinge that tends to strain the eye. 

if you take the time to visit your local hardware store you’ll find there are different light types with differing levels of softness. Some lights can even imitate the intensity and clarity of daylight when turned on.

There are three basic types of lighting: ambient light, task light, and accent light.

Ambient light is the main lighting of any area. These are your main ceiling fixtures and main lamps.

Then you have task lights. Think lamps that go on work desks or side table lighting.

Finally, there are accent lights which are mostly for decoration. Think sconces and dimming lights.

Have some fun playing with mixing and matching each type of light to see what looks best for you. If you want to create a warmer feel in your space, don’t overlook the lighting aspect of bringing a space together. 

Create an accent wall

One of the easiest ways to make it look like you know what you’re doing when it comes to interior design is to create an accent wall.

Usually this wall is not too big, and is the main focal point of the area.

An accent wall can go right behind your bed’s headboard for an extra pop of color and personality, or it can go on the TV wall for a more chic look and feel to the living room.

There is no hard and fast rule as to what color an accent wall should be. And there are tons of accent wall ideas you can snag off Pinterest.

You just have to make sure it’ll stay within the parameters of your theme, whether you’re going for a boho look, mid-century modern, or you love cozy farmhouse themes. 

Skip the furniture sets

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One of the best ways to make any room look dated is to buy furniture sets. Though they still sell them, they’re way past their time.

Instead, try mixing and matching unique furniture pieces for a smarter look that feels more…you.

There are lots of places you can go look for different types of furniture pieces like flea markets, second hand stores, or even discounted furniture outlets.

The point here is to find great pieces without breaking the bank. Though it might take some time to find exactly what you’re looking for, it’s definitely worth the time investment in the end. 

When it comes to furniture, it’s a good rule of thumb to stick to more neutral colors and finishes. That way you can continue to mix and match them in different styles and colorful complementary pieces. 

Don’t be afraid to use color (stick with three)

Color can make or break your whole decor scheme.

When using colors, try to use colors that compliment each other. That way you’ll be sure they’ll look good no matter how you arrange them. It’s always a good idea to use one color as the base (usually a more neutral or muted color) and then another color as the accent.

Its always great to start with three, and if you see that three isn’t enough for the look you’re going for, you can always add more color in terms of paint or decor accents later.

Make it yours

What makes home decor so fun are all the possibilities it brings you.

There are a million and one ways to make sure that you don’t stay with a boring living space and that you make it a place where you can feel comfortable and call home.

One thing to remember is to exercise patience with your decor, especially if you’re just moving into a new place.

You’ll want to take your time deciding on big furniture purchases and seeing what fits and doesn’t fit in your budget and where you can compromise.

What’s been your experience decorating or redecorating your living space? Let us know below!


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