Some people are born with a great eye for decorating or design. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us.
If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few basic techniques can go a long way. These decorating rules and principles are simple enough that most anyone can apply them.
1. Follow the Rule of Odd Numbers: Designing with odd numbers as a foundation can create harmony and visual interest, the basic idea of the rule is that details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings. It helps to have groupings of objects in varying heights, shapes and textures. At the same time, there should be something similar about them.
2. Find Your Room’s Focal Point:A room’s focal point is its most emphasized feature. It’s the thing your eyes are naturally drawn to when you walk into the room. And everything around the focal point compliments it.
If you’re lost with how to start decorating a room, finding its focal point is a good start.
If your room doesn’t have a built-in focal point, here are some tips and options for creating one:
Paint one wall a different color, then accessorize with artwork or shelves.
Decide what you want to use the room for, then create a focal point around that, for example, if you want to use a room for reading, you’d make a bookshelf your focal point.
You could use a large piece of furniture or artwork as a focal point. A large mirror also works well.
3. Know Basic Measurement Rules: When it comes to hanging curtains or arranging furniture, most of us just eyeball it as we go. But there are specific measurements for decorating that make a room look better. Here are a few general measurements to keep in mind:
Hanging art: When hanging art, keep its center at eye level, which is generally 56″ to 60″ from the floor. If you’re hanging multiple pieces of art, keep the center point of the whole arrangement at this level.
Hanging curtains: For height, they say you should mount curtain rods 4″ from the top of the window. But maybe you want your windows to look wider or taller. To create the illusion of height, Real Simple says you can go beyond the 4″ standard, but don’t exceed 8″, or it’ll look awkward.
TV distance: How far your TV should be from your sofa will depend on its size. The easiest rule of thumb: multiply the diagonal size of your TV by two. That’s about how many inches your TV should be from your seating area.
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