Everyone has their own idea of what kind of home they would prefer to live in, and how they would like to decorate it. It might be, for instance, that one person values an incredibly comforting bedroom with a huge bedspread, deep, thick covers,
and large memory foam pillows, crafting a space that feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud and could hibernate if you wish to. On the other hand, someone else may wish to have a smaller bedspread so that they can get to sleep and wake up without much in the way of fanfare.
This principle also applies to how much decoration people consider to be necessary. Some people value their space, while others are happy to present almost all of their possessions in the open, leading to the home feeling quite busy, but well-loved. Sometimes, the former can run the risk of making a space feel too clinical and sterile, while the latter may fall into seeming overcrowded and even cluttered without much in the way of moderation.
It’s unlikely that either party wishes to make a space feel uninviting through that effort, so we ask – how can you strike a perfect balance between them? In this post, we’ll discuss this and more. We only help our advice can help going forward:
Consider A ‘Points System’
It can be a good rule of thumb to think of a ‘points system’ in your mind and subtract or contribute to it as necessary. What does this mean? Well, let’s consider a basic living room you’re hoping to decorate. Right now, it’s bare. So, we might think that we have 100 points, or 100% of our room budget to decorate in. Each ornament, decoration, or feature we add, we can assign our own value based on its size, and how visually striking it is.
So, a large piece of wall art might be considered to be ‘20 points,’ which you can subtract from the total. A candle holder might be 5 points, because of how small they are. Then, you can keep to this point allocation to help you avoid over decorating and to place the items you do want in areas that have the most impact. When you hit ‘0 points,’ you can’t add another decoration without replacing something in the room.
That might sound like an overcomplicated way of thinking about this, but for those who tend to clutter their spaces, it can be truly worthwhile to commit to a scheme like this. Then, after you’ve used your budget, you can spend a little time living in a room decorated tastefully and in a subtle sense. This will allow you to think more clearly about the next time you decorate, too. It will also help you avoid overspending on too many decorations online or at a home furnishings store.
Keep Smaller Decorations Neutral
One essential component to think about when decorating your rooms is considering what fixtures you would like to be noticeable. This way, you can choose more neutral implements elsewhere so that the visual motif of the room doesn’t seem overbearing.
For instance, it might be that you wish to lay down a funky, jazzy rug with a zebra stripe pattern. This is very noticeable. You also wish to combine this with zebra print couch cushions to match. That will also be noticeable. Perhaps you can then opt for a sofa covering in a neutral grey color, so that it allows your chosen implements to stand out, without clashing, and without contributing visual noise.
Think about how you might balance jewelry on either side of your body so that the ‘weight’ of each side looks uniform and not lopsided. The same can apply to interior decoration. The term ‘less is more’ actually works wonders, because it also gives us the space to apply changes when we really need them.
Give Each Room A Particular Theme
It’s a great idea to give each room a particular theme so that you keep to a stringent aesthetic ideal, rather than trying to achieve all things at one time. For instance, it might be that you wish for a room to be light, airy, and totally dedicated to your home office work. This way, keeping the binders located on the nearby shelves, orienting the computer screen and desk in a manner that faces away from the sunlight coming in from the window, and not in it, as well as framing a few implements for decoration, like your college degree, can help you work in a space that feels yours – without adding so many other decorations that could be better placed elsewhere.
Theme can be defined by purpose, but it can also be defined by the aesthetic of that which you hope to do. A beautiful painting of the night sky could be placed more appropriately above your bedspread, compared to the kitchen, for instance.
The Power Of Lighting
Lighting can work wonders when it comes to defining how a space looks. This can even apply to your exterior. For instance, NightScenes Landscape Lighting Professionals can show you just how the precise placement and illumination of certain outdoor lighting fixtures can help a home seem more inviting, highlighting its strengths and reducing the visual presence of its flaws.
Interior lighting works in the same way. First, we need to make the most of natural light, because that’s the most valuable and non-negotiable light our rooms have. Enhancing this via the use of a mirror, lighter natural tones, and orienting the furniture can work wonders. But there are other questions here, too. Will a lamp be large enough to be considered a large decorative fixture? To what degree might you implement an overhead lighting fixture decoration so that the illumination is diffused? What tones are you going for? A darker, warm color can be much more comfortable to look at, but it may also imply that a room feels dourer and smaller in the evenings, meaning that intensive decorations may not look so comfortable. As you can see, the power of lighting implies a massive effect.
With this advice, you’re sure to strike a perfect balance between clinical minimalism and overcrowded decoration.