Decorate your Home Using Basic Design Principles

The talent for decorating or design is inborn for some people. But for others, it is either a skill they learn and apply successfully or simply have no idea whatsoever! To get your ‘flair on’ for decorating, follow these few simple design techniques.  They can help you a lot.

Stick to the Rule of Odd Numbers
The basic idea of the Rule of Odd Numbers is that details and objects are grouped in odd numbers. Compared to even-number groupings, it is more memorable and more visually interesting.

Arrange the items in different heights, shapes and textures. But also make sure that the objects have something in common. This seems contradictory, but the idea is, the objects must have something in common but also have something slightly different in each of them.

This is simply a basic rule, and it may not apply to all situations. If you feel that this grouping doesn’t look right, then follow your instinct. What you need to achieve is that everything is not uniform, and a result, boring.

Identify a Room’s Focal Point
The most emphasised feature in a room is its focal point. This is the feature that instantly draws your eyes as soon as you enter the room. And all items around this feature complement it.

When you have no idea how to decorate a room, it is a good idea to start with the focal point. Many spaces have a built-in focal point, for example, a fireplace or big windows. If your room doesn’t have any of these, create one using these tips:

  • Use a different colour to paint one wall, then use artworks or shelves to accessorise.
  • Decide on the function of the room, then make a focal point around that. For example, if you wish for the space to be a reading room, then make a bookshelf or a comfortable chair the focal point.
  • Use a large piece of furniture as a focal point.
  • A large piece of artwork can also be used as a focal point. The same goes with a large mirror.

When you identify the focal point, accessorise around. Utilise its primary colour in items around the room.

Learn Basic Measurement Rules
When arranging furniture or hanging curtains, most people simply estimate where it should go. But a room can look better when you use specific measurements for decorating. There are specific measurements curtains, TV, and more. Find out more here: 

Factor in your Negative Space
Negative space is the part in a room that is without any subject. This is often the white area on your walls. It is tempting to fill the space with objects, but sometimes less is more.

Here are tips to make decorating with negative space a bit easier:

  • Avoid clutter. A bunch of your items may fit your table, but they don’t necessarily need to be there.
  • Identify the purpose of the negative space. You can leave a space bare to draw the eye to a decorated space nearby. Or the negative space itself brings out an appealing design.
  • Two different shapes can create an interesting negative space. For example, a circular coffee table can temper the severe profiles formed by angular sofas and chairs in a square space. Note this only works in larger rooms.

Layer your Lighting
Here are things to consider if you don’t know anything much about layering lighting. The first step is know the 3 basic types of lighting: ambient, or general lighting; task, or which means light a specific task; and accent, which are designed to highlight a particular object.

You can create dimension in a room by adding different types of lighting. Begin by adding an ambient lighting in every room, then move to identifying a means to add task and accent lighting.

These guidelines are intended to help people get started, but always remember decorate based on your own tastes and preferences. Don’t be scared to break the rules discussed here. Go with your gut feel if it tells you that you’re on the right course.