Do you feel like your décor is just missing something? Does it feel a little bland or uninteresting? If so, there are some easy things you can do right away to give it some pizzazz.
That doesn’t necessarily mean going with something bold or dramatic (though that’s always an option). To make décor more interesting, there are certain tricks and techniques that always work, regardless of your style. They are timeless and universal.
Try these simple tricks for making your decorating more interesting to have a home that looks like a pro styled it.
Tricks for Making Your Decorating More Interesting
Contrast, in any form, is always eye-catching. It captures your attention and makes you take notice, whether it’s with color (such as black and white), texture (such as faux fur against rough reclaimed wood), or style (industrial mixed with glamour
). There are lots of ways you can incorporate contrast into your décor. The easiest options are to change the walls or bring in accessories and textiles that can provide some contrast to the larger elements in the room.
Texture is great for breaking up the monotony of décor. A reclaimed wood accent wall or table, for example, will bring in a rustic texture that looks especially eye-catching when paired with smoother surfaces (for contrast). Drape luxurious textiles over the sofa, soften the windows with curtains, or bring in a textural area rug, such as shag or natural fiber. Even smaller accessories can incorporate interesting textures into the space.
Every room should have a focal point. It anchors the space and gives your eyes somewhere to rest as soon as you walk in. In a living room, the focal point may be a fireplace. In a bedroom, it’s usually the bed. If you don’t have an obvious focal point, create one with a large piece of art or architectural feature.
Lines, symmetry, and asymmetry
Lines, symmetry and asymmetry are great visual components that really impact the look of a space and can make it so much more intriguing and dynamic. Your eyes naturally look for lines and shapes, so when you take advantage of them in your décor, you can create some cool effects. Some examples are stripes on an accent wall, a square table in a round dining room, an asymmetrical vignette, or a perfectly symmetrical living room.
Layers always make things more interesting, whether it’s in fashion or décor. They bring depth to a space. Some ways to layer in a room are tossing a throw over the corner of an armchair and layering an accent pillow over it, placing a faux sheepskin over an ottoman and a tray over that with décor inside, or even a small area rug layered over another. Get creative with layering things to see how much you can elevate the style.
Varying heights and shapes
When things are all one level, there is no visual interest. To create movement in your design, it’s important to vary the heights and shapes in a way that flows but also keeps you on your toes. In a vignette
, for example, don’t keep all the décor short or tall, but instead vary the heights. It will look much more natural and visually pleasing, not to mention far more interesting.
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