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Some people have a great eye for decorating or design naturally. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us. If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few tips can help you achieve the results you want without going to the poorhouse.

Design and decorating principles are simple enough that most anyone can do them with a Little research and time. Your project for your home might not look like a Neiman Marcus catalogue, but it’ll look presentable and provide functionality. Often nobody would know the difference.

Designer Brands VS Knock Offs

Some products that require Intimate use such as towels for example for the bathroom there may be instances where you want to go with the higher quality designer brand. But to be honest a majority of decorating projects knock offs are more than sufficient especially if it’s just something that’s going to be looked at. This can save you significant amount of money designer brands are much more expensive than knock offs or less expensive brand replacements.


Odd Numbers Rule

Visually details and objects that are arranged or grouped in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings.

Apply the rule of thirds for photography. Designing with odd numbers as a foundation can create harmony and visual interest

Use balance of symmetry to arrange the pieces groupings of objects in varying heights, shapes and textures. At the same time, there should be something similar about them.

For example if you have five items that you wish to use to decorate varying sizes when you arrange those five items on the counter keep symmetry in “mass” meaning the sizes of the items should balance each other on either side.


Every Room must have A main Point to focus on

A room’s focal point is its most prominent and emphasized feature. It’s the thing your eyes are naturally drawn to when you walk into the room. And everything around the focal point compliments it in one way or another.

If your room doesn’t have a built-in focal point, here are some options for creating one:

Paint one wall a different color, then accessorize with artwork or shelves.

You could use a large piece of artwork as a focal point. A large mirror also works well.

Decide what you want to use a room for, then create a focal point around that, says This is for here. For example, if you want to use a room for watching TV, you’d make The entertainment center your focal point.


Make a Plan
  1. Here’s how to create a decorating plan.
  2. Keep a notebook or journal of ideas.
  3. Using your notebook, make a Prioritized list.
  4. Decide on your budget.
  5. Convert your journaling ideas to a board or chart.
  6. Using your chart, decide where things will go in your space.
  7. Estimate costs of materials and time

Know the basic measures

When it comes to hanging curtains or arranging furniture, most of us just eyeball it as we go. But there are specific measurements for decorating that make a room look better. Here are a few general measurements.

Coffee table distance:

Keep at least 15″ between coffee tables and sofas, says decorator Maria Killam. Apartment Therapy suggests leaving about 18″ between them.

Hanging art:

When hanging art, keep its center at eye level, which is generally 56″ to 60″ from the floor, says Driven By Decor. If you’re hanging multiple pieces of art, keep the center point of the whole arrangement at this level.

When hanging art above your sofa, make sure it’s no more than 2/3 the width of the sofa. You’ll also want to leave 5–9″ of space between the art and the furniture, Driven By Decor adds.

Hanging curtains:

Crate and Barrel says it’s typical to have 1–3″ of overlap on either side of your window. For height, they say you should mount curtain rods 4″ from the top of the window. But maybe you want your windows to look wider or taller. To create the illusion of height, Real Simple says you can go beyond the 4″ standard, but don’t exceed 8″, or it’ll look awkward. To create the illusion of width, feel free to break the 1–3″ standard, too. You might want to go as far as 12″ on either side.

TV distance:

How far your TV should be from your sofa will depend on its size. We’ve talked about viewing distance before. The easiest rule of thumb: multiply the diagonal size of your TV by two. That’s about how many inches your tv should be from your seating area.


Avoid clutter or flow congestion

Avoid clutter. This is probably the best and most common way to make the most of negative space. A bunch of stuff might fit perfectly on your table, but that doesn’t mean it all needs to go there. Leave some room, some negative space.

Be intentional.

Make sure the space serves a purpose. You might leave a space empty to highlight a decorated area nearby. Or maybe the negative space creates an interesting design.

Look at shapes.

The use of two contrasting shapes can create an odd, or interesting, negative space. a rounded coffee table can soften the harsh negative space lines created by angular sofas and chairs in a square room. But this space plan may not work in smaller rooms, which would force edge of the round table too close to the sofa for comfortable sitting.”


Lighting

First, learn the three basic types of lighting. The basic types of lighting essentially tell you what you want to achieve with your lighting. Look at the room and decide which of the basic lighting types would fit your room best.

Ambient:

Its also called general lighting, and its the overhead lighting meant to evenly illuminate a room.

Accent:

Accent lights are meant to highlight a particular object. You might see them on painting, for example.

Task:

As its name suggests, task lighting is meant to light a specific task. A lamp in the living room might light a reading area. Under-cabinet lights in a kitchen serve as task lights for countertops.


Office decorating

No matter what type of office you have public or private or even a home office decorating the office needs to be cost-effective yet attractive and functional.

As a matter of personal opinion I always pay more attention to functionality in my office that attractiveness but I have a home office LOL

For publicly viewed offices where you are receiving buyers or interested parties in your service you must make a massively good impression it doesn’t have to be costly but Clean and show that you know what you’re doing.

Creating an engaging office space that fuels creativity is a must for businesses. Not only do you want to keep your employees happy and productive. You want an initial space that is inviting, comfortable and appealing. The office reception area in any creative or digital working space is where potential clients and business partners get their first impression of your business. And first impressions always count.

Here are just a few pointers and examples of a well decorated office.

Bring in some plants.

Adding some small plants to your office can be a great way to make your environment feel more natural, comfortable and personal. Some plants can add a pleasant fragrance or a unique splash of color to your office. If your office is feeling empty or boring, try picking out some of your favorite plants and adding them to your work space.

Stress levels tend to be higher in office spaces and can be negative to the vibe when visitors first walk in. Incorporating low-maintenance plants into the space can offer numerous benefits including air quality in the office, reduced stress and makes the room feel comfortable. This is perfect for positive first impressions. Choose indoor plants that are robust and easy to care for and don’t overcrowd the space too much.

Add some photos to your office.

You might not be able to bring your family to work with you, but you can bring in some family photos. Hanging up family photos can be a great way to showcase your family to coworkers or clients and can make your work space feel more like home. Try adding some family photos to your work space to make it more comfortable and personal

Use contact paper to add some decoration.

If you are able to do so, adding contact paper to your office furniture or equipment can be a quick and easy way to bring some exciting color and style to your work space. Contact paper comes in a large variety of styles, allowing you to pick the pattern or color that’s right for your office. Take some time to browse for your favorite styles of contact paper to help make your office space a unique one.

Functionality

For a creative digital space to be functional, there needs to be a good office flow to the environment. As a potential client, there’s nothing worse than walking into a workspace that doesn’t feel accessible or efficient. Consider what type of area you want to create for business partners and clients to ‘wait’ in and how the workspace is going to represent your company’s core values.

Flexibility is key that functions

You want the space to be able to adapt to change so put a suitable platform in place that can encourage multiple purposes. A reception area that is open tends to be more inviting and comfortable, and can offer a sense of community for visitors to wait in. Keep things organised in the space and make sure you use relevant branding. Office design influences your biggest assets, property and people so keep it simple, smart and creative!



Roger Keyserling
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