Creating a cohesive home decor does more than show your visitors time and effort was taken to create your space. It allows your rooms to flow and provides you with an inviting place to come home to.
Find Your Color Palette
Instead of choosing or creating your own color palette, find one piece of art that sets the tone for your entire house. In my opinion, this method is foolproof since all your colors are contained within the piece.
The Artist has already designed your style and has made sure the colors work well together. You are already attracted to the piece, and you will be able to reference it as a guide.
Simply use your cell phone to take a photo of the piece which can be saved as a sample when you are shopping for your home. Before making any purchases, make sure to review your photo to confirm the color and style will blend well together with your existing decor.
Touch of Color
Choosing a neutral color palette can provide the perfect canvas. I prefer to use a “hint or pop of color” in accents throughout a home to create an overall scheme. Not only is having a neutral scheme easier to work with, but I also find I am less likely to grow weary of it quickly.
Create a Cohesive House Plan
Most people decorate room by room so they can complete a project before moving on to the next. Tackling one room at a time works well for your budget butttt….
It encourages you to think of your décor on a room by room basis. Impulse buys like something that grabs your eyes in the stores will more than likely make their way back home with you. Having a limited color palette or style for your entire space will limit your purchases and force you to make sure your item will blend.
To further clarify, this doesn’t mean you need to decorate the entire home at once. It merely means you will have a critical eye while curating and editing your décor.
Working With Your Space
Let’s start with the obvious, measure the space you are working with to plan accordingly. Consider the scale of your furniture pieces with the size of the area you are working with. A large sectional may look right-at-home in a spacious room; however, it will overcrowd a smaller space.
If you want to take things to extremes, you can use my friend Nancy’s method. She uses a large piece of cardboard as her floor plan. Then draws and cuts out her furniture pieces to help her visualize her space. Nancy has lived in NYC apartments, which range from 350-400 square feet and has made fantastic use of her spaces.
Yes, her methods are time-consuming, but it’s your home! Her organizational skills and flow of her furniture allow her family to feel like they have a home, not a space.
Having matching flooring in the entire house will be more visually pleasing. Your home will feel less choppy, even if you have many interior walls. If you are unable to update mismatch flooring due to budget or renting here are a few options:
Create A Mood Board
A mood board can be a handy tool to use. It can be hard to visualize how furniture, color, or texture will come together. Begin by gathering inspiration from websites, Instagram, or Pinterest. While introducing ideas onto your mood board, please keep in mind the constraints of your space. You may need to work with existing furniture or an awkward room layout.
While you’re out and about, don’t be shy about taking photos of items that catch your eyes. My friend Milly has impeccable taste and when asked how does she blends everything so flawlessly her answer is always the same.
“Our creator already did it for us, I just observe nature and copy the color palette.”
You may think of decluttering as a chore and save it only when tackling big cleaning jobs like spring cleaning. Let’s face it, during our day to day routines we tend to become a bit lazy and messy. Mail begins to mount, recent issues of your favorite magazines become old issues and your junk drawer overflows.
With the right techniques, you will be able to give your house a mini facelift by merely decluttering. Here’s my method, I grab a large garbage bag and walk around the house, tossing out items. You’ll be surprised how quickly that bag becomes filled.
Try viewing your home décor as an entire project similar to a wall gallery. Each piece of art represents a room, and all the pieces together create a home. Although they are all individual images, they compliment each other and create a visually pleasing display.
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