Decorating a new home can be a challenging task, particularly if you have a large space or are on a budget. However, it is thoroughly rewarding when you’re able to enjoy the fruits of your labour. You don’t have be creative to beautifully decorate your space. A few simple tricks here and there is more than enough to create a space that is unique to your personality. Follow 3 simple home decorating tips below, and you’ll be relaxing in your new home in no time!
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The Odd Number Rule in Home Decorating
Just as a visual “rule of thirds” applies in photography, there is one in home decorating too. Grouping items in odd numbers helps to balance a room, creating a more visually appealing and memorable look for your home.
Similarly, an aesthetic can be enhanced by varying decorations, by their height and shape, within an odd-numbered group. Be sure to maintain a degree of similarity between the decorations to heighten the differences that are present. For example, it could simply be the texture or material that ties the decorations together.
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Varying proportions and clever use of the “odd number rule” bolsters the natural feel of the room. Accentuating your choice of decoration, without portraying a strict consistency.
This is a basic rule that may not work for everything. If a certain odd-numbered grouping of similar items does not feel right to you, go with your instincts. Use inspiration from your travels or special life events. Different sized photographs of your travels and memorable events are a great personalised option for the odd number rule. The rule exists to ensure that the decorations you have so carefully selected, don’t appear rigid and mundane. Rather use the rule to make the space represent you.
The negative space in your home is the areas that aren’t taken up by any subjects, usually your walls. It can be tempting to fill in this negative space, however, sometimes less is more.
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Avoiding clutter is important when decorating with negative space. It is important to ask yourself whether an item or piece of furniture belongs in an area, or if the space looks better empty. Understand that being intentional is essential when using negative space; make sure the space is purposeful. Leaving an area empty to highlight a nearby feature is a good example of effectively using negative space.
A Room’s Focal Point
The focal point is the most featured item of your room. Everything surrounding it must complement it.
Finding the focal point of the room is a good place to start when decorating. Some rooms have a built-in focal point, such as a fireplace or a window with a view. Other rooms will need a focal point installed. It’s important to pay particular attention to the focal point of the room. For example, in an outdoor setting, the dining set naturally draws attention, so it must be both functional and attractive.
The focal point will depend on what the use of the room will be. It is important that the focal point is large enough to not be overshadowed by other objects in the room. Once you know the use of the room and what the focal point will be, decorate around it. Frame the focal point with other furniture or items. Placing centrepieces and decorative bowls on a table or decorating the mantle of a fireplace frames the focal point. The main colour of the focal point should be followed throughout the rest of the room.
Home decorating can be overwhelming, but be sure to take the time to enjoy the process and your new journey as a homeowner. Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be well on your way to bringing the home of your dreams into reality.
Maia Fletcher is a freelance writer from the beautiful and sunny city of Gisborne, New Zealand. Aside from her blog, she also spends her time crafting articles for local sites including, transportation site Keith Andrews.