Create a focal point
Each space in a home should have a clear focal point that attracts the eye as soon you enter the room. Ideally, the focal point should be positioned directly across from where you enter a room. The focal point is the ‘hero piece’. It might be a bold piece of artwork in the living room, a feature pendant light in the dining area or a statement bedhead in the master. The focal point sets the tone for the room and the rest of the décor should flow and compliment the focal point from there.
Always consider the size of a room before selecting its furniture and décor. Large open spaces call for furniture, rugs and artworks of a grand scale whilst small rooms require more petite furniture selections to ensure the space not only looks proportionate but is also functional and easy for traffic flow. Be sure to measure the space to ensure your rugs and major furniture pieces such as lounges, coffee tables, entertainment units, dining tables and side tables will all fit comfortably and compliment the size and shape of the room.
If you aren’t fortunate enough to have floor to ceiling, wall to wall windows, you can create the illusion of larger windows by hanging your curtains high and wide. All you need to do is hang your curtain panels higher than the window frame and extend the rod wider that the window frame whilst letting the curtains hang to the floor to create a more grand scale look.
Go nuts with Greenery!
Plants go with any colour scheme and décor theme. Add a small potted indoor plant to your coffee table, a succulent to your bathroom and a tall fern to a lonely corner and watch the space come to life. Not only does it add colour to your room, but another texture with the leaves and the vessel its put in.
Ignore all principles in favour of creativity
At the end of the day, it is your home. Decorate with what you love. Showcase your momentoes and nostalgia. Your home should make you happy and comfortable. So, take what you want from our property styling guidelines and add your own flavour to create a haven that reflects who you are and what you love. You can’t possibly go wrong.
Creating little vignettes around your home is the best way to personalise a space and tell a story. Style a console or bedside table with your favourite ornaments, souvenirs and décor. Use books and vessels to create height and layers. Grouping decor in odd numbers such as 3 or 5 is generally more visually balanced – ironically! Keep item colours similar to create a unified feel adding just a pop of contrasting colour or texture to create visual interest.
The height is right
As a general rule, artwork should be hung at eye level. The average human eye level is 145cm which is why galleries and museums hang artwork so that the centre of each piece is 145cm to 152cm from the floor. If you are going for a ‘gallery wall’ look where artwork is collaged at different heights on the same wall, you can be a bit more flexible with the highest and lowest point where the artwork is hung – as long as the bulk of the artwork in the centre of the cluster is at eye level. It is not necessary to have artwork on every wall either. It is better to have one statement piece or one gallery wall as a focal point and leaving the other walls blank as a resting place for the eye. There is nothing negative about negative space!