Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Decorating Do’s and Don’ts

Decorating is all about showcasing your sense of style. From furniture choices to wall colors, to the placement of accent pieces, the design aesthetics of your home are influenced greatly by your personality.

Because taste levels vary, every home decorating project can take on a unique character. Incorporating your personality into your project is a great step, but the secret is in achieving balance.

The success of a room’s design theme depends on not just the addition of one or two pieces of décor, but the overall look of the room. Before overhauling the look of a home, remember a few decorating Do’s and Don’ts:

Decorating Do's and Dont's
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DO add color to your home, but DON’T turn it into a rainbow

Adding color may instantly brighten any space, but always test a few paint swatches first. If you have chosen loud wall colors, re-adjust the color of your furnishings and accent pieces.  Moderation is key.

Use the 60-30-10 rule, where 60 percent of the room reflects one dominant color and another 30 percent a secondary hue, while the last 10 percent highlights the color of your accent pieces. Going overboard with colors could create a harsh effect on the eyes, especially when a room is illuminated.

DO shop for vintage, but DON’T turn your home into a vintage shop

Vintage shops can become a treasure trove of rare items that have gained that extra charm over the years. A classic mahogany chest, for instance, can take the place of a drab coffee table in a contemporary living room. Because of all the history it embodies, it works as a great statement piece when juxtaposed with modern furnishings.

One or two select vintage pieces are enough for any room. Any more than that and the room starts looking like an antique shop. Remember to keep items unique. A cluster of vintage items that look similar can look cluttered in any space. If you love collecting these pieces, spread them around the house instead of keeping them all in a single room.

DO exhibit family photos, but DON’T turn your walls into a giant photo album

You can show off your creative flair by turning family pictures into art, such as a mosaic or a large mural as a statement piece. Family photos add a personal touch to any space and are a great alternative to generic store-bought wall décor.

Do practice restraint. Don’t crowd your walls with pictures, especially when they look like a dizzying assortment of colors and personalities. Instead, go for drama by hanging just a few artistic photos of the same tone, such as sepia, then choose a frame that ties the look together.

You can create a particular mood for each room. The walls in children’s bedrooms, for instance, can don a slightly colorful and even humorous array of images.

If you want to display larger photos as statement pieces, choose those that exhibit the principles of photography well. Select only the most exquisite photos.

If you are unsure about re-decorating your space, remember to do things in moderation. Keep designs simple in order to gain some elbow room for creativity.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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