1. Start Big
‘Where to begin?’ It’s the question most of us ask ourselves when faced with the blank stare of an empty, undecorated room – or even worse, a room whose design layout (or lack thereof) hasn’t been touched in decades. Whether you need to furnish a room from scratch or do some heavy redecorating, start with the biggest pieces first. Getting the most important, and often most difficult, design choices out of the way first will make the decorating process easier to navigate down the road. Start with rugs, sofas, bedframes and coffee tables, all of which will take up the most amount of space in your home.
3. Mirror Nature
Here’s a ‘trade secret’ that works like a charm when you want to create a refreshed, pulled together space: nature knows best. If you’re feeling stuck, look out your window! When it comes to interior design, one of the ways in which this is most helpful is through the order of colors – and their shading – found in nature. From the rich brown earth to the pale blue sky, the innate beauty of the world around us is an elegant reminder of the laws of depth and contrast. When decorating your room, follow the example of the outside world by keeping darker shades below (such as in rugs and floor decor) and lighter colors up top (such as in lamps and other taller decor); doing so will help to define your space without losing a light-and-breezy feel.