Whether it’s placing your décor on end tables, countertops, window sills or the walls, don’t feel like you have to fill every available inch of space. Just like every square inch of your floor doesn’t have to have a piece of furniture on it, the same adage holds true for your walls and other surfaces. Keeping your tables and countertops clear of tchotchke can give you an instantly clean look without you having to lift a finger. And, “white space” on a wall is a beautiful thing. Instead of hanging artwork on every wall – or even multiple pieces on the same wall, create a balance of blank space that allows a signature painting or picture to really pop and stand out in a room.
Gone are the days in which items in a room had to match one another in some form or fashion, whether it be in pattern, color or print. If you have more than one rug in a room, skip matching all of the rugs to one another – or even buying the same rug in various sizes. Instead, opt to enhance those rugs with another rug that complements the colors, patter or print in that rug. The same tenant is true for metal or wood décor. If you love dark-colored wood furniture, you no longer have to stick with that same dark color for the rest of the furniture in that room. Mixing in some light wood pieces can help your beloved dark wood furniture shine.
Although there are traditional ideas of what type of furniture should go into a room, such as a large sofa in a Family Room or two nightstands in a bedroom, that doesn’t mean you can’t stretch the bounds of tradition with a little creativity. Having seating options in a Family Room is certainly practical, but instead of a large sectional, opt for a love seat and some comfy chairs. Just because there’s a window doesn’t mean you need to obstruct your outdoor view with curtains – or add curtains to every window. If you’re in love with a bright, beautifully-patterned curtain, treat it as an accent piece and put it on one set of windows in room.
With your new ideas firmly in mind, it’s time to take a deep breath and let go of those old-fashioned ideas that have been holding back your home’s décor!