Don’t you love fabulous home decor? I LOVE interior design and spend hours and hours looking at pictures online, in magazines, in books, and watching way too much HGTV. I daydream of all the beautiful homes and fabulous home decor out there, analyzing how I can get the same look without spending a fortune. I thought about hiring an interior decorator once, but unfortunately I can’t justify spending the money and am too much of a control freak. I would not be able to trust one person to make all the decisions for me. I am just way too opinionated and that would drive them crazy. This was a project I wanted to take on personally and I ended up learning a lot from it! Here are some practical tips and guidelines to help you jump in and get to making your home a special and beautiful place…
8 Practical Tips For Fabulous Home Decor
Stick to neutrals
It’s so much easier to match everything in your home when you have a neutral palette, especially when it comes to paint! “Greige” is a very popular color right now which is essentially a mix of gray and beige. It’s the best of both worlds– the warm tones and the cool tones. Believe it or not, that’s the color I was going for in my living room, but it actually came out a lot darker than I was hoping for. Not that I don’t love it but it brings me to my next point…
Always try paint samples before you commit
In my case, I bought 3 gallons of paint and was halfway done with my living room before I realized it may be a couple shades darker than I wanted. Paint always looks different in your home than it does on a swatch. It will also look different from room to room depending on the lighting. So before you commit, try out a couple strokes in the room that you are painting to make sure you love it. You can purchase a pint of paint to sample in your home for just a few dollars and it is so worth it in the end.
Don’t be afraid to be bold
Even though my paint came out a little darker than I planned, I ended up sticking to it and loving it. It forced me to try something new and a little bolder than I was going for. I know light colors are supposed to make the room appear bigger and darker colors make it smaller, but I loved how bold this color was and how warm and cozy it made the room feel. And that goes for everything, not just paint colors. If you love a furniture piece, decor item, or painting… who cares what everyone else thinks, as long as YOU love it. You’re the one that has to live with it. Who knows, maybe you will even start a trend?
Don’t confine yourself to one style
I tried to do this for a while. When I was decorating my home, I kept trying to figure out what “my style” was. Is it country? Eclectic? Luxury? Shabby chic? Contemporary? Modern? Traditional? Transitional? Truth is, it’s a little bit of everything. I love bits and pieces of all those styles so my home is made up of elements you can find in all those types of homes.
Do what you love
To go with the previous guideline of not confining to one particular style, find your own style by just doing what you love. Buy furniture that you love, regardless of what “style” it is, buy that table you’ve had your eye on, even if it isn’t the same style as your couches, and so on. When it comes to fabulous home decor, you have to trust your gut and your instinct. I tend to buy whatever I love, and THEN I figure out how it’s all going to come together and fit in.
Change things up
If you’re like me, you can easily get bored with one particular look. It’s not totally uncommon for me to re-paint a room on a whim or rearrange all the furniture. However, there are much easier ways to change things up and liven up your space (that don’t include running to Sherwin Williams for three gallons of paint). Try changing up some of the smaller pieces. You’ll be surprised what a big difference the little details make. Here’s what I like to do…
- For the dining room:
- replace “usual” centerpiece with fresh flowers
- add a table runner
- dress it up according to season
- For the fireplace mantel:
- replace the flowers in my vase with a different color
- change out the framed print
- and of course give it a full festive makeover for the holidays
- For the living room:
- change out throw pillows
- rotate blankets and throws throughout rooms
- For the dining room:
These are all quick and inexpensive ways to get fabulous home decor. Even little changes like this will make the space feel fresh and new.
A big reason you may feel overwhelmed about decorating your entire home is because of the amount of time you think it will take to put it all together. All the stores you have to drag yourself through before you find the “perfect” item. But it doesn’t have to be this way! For large furniture pieces, maybe. It might take a couple different stores before you find the one you really love, but not necessarily. We only did this with our couches because we wanted to sit on it first before we bought it. But all other furniture pieces were actually purchased online. It was so quick, easy, and stress free to be able to browse online for fabulous home decor. Not to mention, you can get really good deals online too. You just need to make sure it’s a reputable source that has a good return and exchange policy and reliable shipping options. I really like shopping on Amazon (totally worth it if you have a Prime membership and free shipping), and Overstock.com has a huge selection. Stores like Target will often have “online only” sales and different coupon codes that you can use for your purchases (that you can’t get in stores). Also, delivery is free most of the time and selection is MUCH bigger than in your local store. I bought my accent chairs, dining room chairs, barstools, ottomans, and console table from Target for a fraction of the price they were in store. I got both my reading chair and white sheepskin rug from Amazon for an amazing price. This saved me so much time and money and made the experience of decorating my home so much more enjoyable. You can get neatly wrapped packages delivered to your doorstep, and if you don’t like them, simply send them back for free or return them to the store.
Contrast is good
You don’t have to worry about having everything “match” in your home. A little bit of contrast and mix-and-match is good. Not everything has to be in the same fabric and color, as long as the colors are complementary to each other or in the same color family. It’s easy with neutrals because you have so many options and so much wiggle room. Browns, blacks, whites, grays, and all the shades in between. Just make sure you don’t have too much of one color and remember to contrast! Dark walls deserve light curtains, gray couches– white pillows, brown table– tan chairs, etc.
These are the 8 guidelines that I try to stick with when decorating any room in the house. They are practical and helpful in any space, so even if you are just decorating a small room in your house, refer back to these to make the job easy and result in fabulous home decor. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have and I will do my best to answer! But ultimately, YOU have what it takes to make your home beautiful and inviting. Fill it with the things you love and let your personality shine through.
(Pppppssssssstttttt……See those shelves on the very left? They cost me absolutely nothing and you can find the tutorial for them RIGHT HERE!)