Ever walked into a room and instantly got a good vibe? A room that’s well put together is no accident. While the contents of any room are unique to each person, at its core, home décor is based on a set of sensible guidelines, if not rules. Here are some of them.
Give your rooms a green upgrade.
In this era of apartment living, gardens are the stuff of dreams or nostalgia. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring home a splash of green. Think balcony garden or if not that, then easy-maintenance indoor plants like peace lilies, ferns, and succulents.
Draw attention with negative space
We have a habit of collecting things – return gifts we can’t find a use for, trinkets bought on impulse, souvenirs collected during travels… That’s perfectly fine, but what’s not okay is the haphazard way in which we choose to display these: stuffed any which way into showcases. When it comes to beautiful displays, not filling up a space is very important.
To make room, make adjustments
Outsized furniture is a thing in most Indian homes. That large, plush, faded sofa is probably taking up half the living room, but it’s so comfortable and houses so many lovely memories, you don’t want to let it go.
This is where thinking out of the box will help. Keep that can-never-part-with-it piece as a permanent fixture and plan the rest of the room around it. In the case of the overstuffed sofa that leaves no room for a proper coffee table, consider alternative interior décor ideas. For instance, a set of nested side tables that can be brought out at will. Ottomans with firm cushions can also double as coffee tables.
Balance the elements – dark with bright, heavy with light
We often find ourselves with dark wood furniture that has been in the family for generations. A great way to infuse them into your current décor is to furnish the rest of the space with upbeat, light colours to diffuse the heaviness. Bright linens, rugs and upholstery work well for this arrangement. If you have a set of antiques– separate and place them in different rooms. This way you don’t have to alter the antique to fit into your current décor.
Prepare for the inevitable – guests
Visitors tend to catch you off guard because ‘they were in the neighbourhood’. Instead of succumbing to mad panic when the doorbell rings, keep things in their place and be prepared for surprise visits.
Good home décor ideas are more than just a few pretty collectibles for the living room. They’re a form of self-expression channelled through the lens of functionality. Have a great decor idea that’s worked wonders? Share it in the comments below.