Expert Bloggers Top Home Decorating Ideas
I've rounded up 16 of the best bloggers to share their Top Home Decorating Ideas with you. I'm so excited to be a part of this of this amazing group of bloggers and I'm sure you'll love their advice as much as I have.
Here's what they had to say:
Nicole Corr from Green Isle Landscapping
Top home decorating ideas I have been inspired by from my travels overseas is combining beautiful natural materials like stone or wood flooring with pretty, delicate soft furnishings and excellent pieces of furniture, OH and vase full of flowers!!
Susanne Stewart from Life on Pearl Street
When decorating a space you should first decide what your design style is, then decide how you want the space to be used. Next, set a budget. If you are using a designer be firm about your budget and make sure you know the timeline and how the whole process will work. If you are doing it yourself, set your budget and make sure to include the cost of renovation and all decor. A designer will be able to get a discount on most of the decor for your home, but if you are doing it yourself make sure to comparison shop. Stay away from current trends for the foundation pieces of your room, like your sofa or bed or dinning table. Choose colors and accessories that speak to who you are and your style. You want your space to be functional, but your want it to be a space you will love.
Kimm Boes from ReinventedKB
My top home decorating ideas are: 1. Make sure that every room has varied textures: smooth, rough, rustic, sparkly and cozy textures make any room feel finished and inviting. 2. Be patient. Letting a room evolve over time and making careful choices will yield a space that you love. I have made many hasty choices over the years that I have regretted; being patient is much more satisfying in the end. 3. Use durable, easy to clean fabrics and finishes in the rooms that your family uses most so that you can relax and enjoy the spaces and people that you love without stressing about spills and pet messes. 4. Make your home work for you. Just because a room is designated as a dining room doesn't mean it won't make a great study or playroom. Use every inch and make each space work for your family in your season of life.
Sam Franklin from A Happy Home in Holland
I think one of the best tips I can give you is the old well used saying that "Less is More!". When dressing a room take everything away and put it in a box, then have a good think about how you want your room to look. Try to get a clear picture in you head about the style, colours, and mood that you want to create then go through your box and see whether these items fit in with the look. Any items that don't compliment the room or style that you are trying to achieve are best left packed away (or put in another spot in your home where they fit better). Following on from the "Less Is More" is more tip, it's a good idea to avoid clutter and try to have a place for everything. When re-thinking a room, it's a really good idea to incorporate some attractive and functional storage solutions. Cupboards and bookshelves with baskets are always handy to store unsightly stuff that you don't want to view. If you don't have a lot of space to play with then you can also use cleverly designed pieces of furniture that double up as extra storage solutions (coffee tables with drawers, pouffes with storage compartments etc.) that help you keep things in order. With all the clutter out the way, the room will look much more spacious and open, which in turn will draw your eyes and attention to key furniture pieces and home décor accents.
Yami Platero from The Latina Next Door
My top home decor tip is to finish a room as best you can before moving onto the next project. I know it's hard, but sometimes when we think "Oh, I'll get to that in a couple of days" sometimes it can turn into weeks and sometimes even years! Yep, been there! Now, I find myself creating a plan for a room and trying to stick to it as best as I can before I move on. The sense of accomplishment is greater and you don't have that "one last thing" nagging at you.
Jennifer Gainer from Jenron-designs
Decorating should be a personal journey. To make a space feel like you, it must contain the essence of you. Make sure to include personal things collected from trips or family heirlooms, but don't over do it. 1 heirloom and 1-2 travel momentos per room at most. In fact in some rooms I have use an heirloom or art piece as the rooms inspiration piece, and designed the room around it.
Denise Bryant from My Thrifty House
One of my top home decorating ideas is to paint mismatched furniture the same color to create a cohesive look. I did this in my dining room because every piece in the room came from a different place and had different finishes. By painting them all the same color of white they instantly look like they all belong together. Another decorating idea is to paint the walls and large pieces of furniture in a neutral color and accessorize with pops of color using pillows, throws and frames that can inexpensively be switched out when you get bored or want a new look.
Tina Bousu from Eclectic Twist
Throw pillows and drapes! They are both simple to change and inexpensive to buy. And rugs, rugs can COMPLETELY change a room, with size, shape, colors, style and design. Another big thing I would mention would be to invest in good furniture if you can. If you have great base pieces, not only will they last you so much longer but the rest is easier to rotate either seasonally or as your taste changes. When in doubt with a paint color or base piece color, go with an amazing neutral! My preference is greys, as I'm not a big brown fan, but it goes with everything while being current and calming at the same time.
Sam List From MommaCan
My most trusty worth top home decorating idea is hands down is buying everyday items in antique and basic white. From dinnerware, to vases, candle holders, bed and table textiles, to sheer curtains, choosing from the basics allows the color schemes to pop. This allows me to change my mind and decorate a room again without spending tons of money!
Liz Elliot from Franc and Eli
I love using neutrals with some bold accents that match multiple rooms in my house so I can move them around! I also have tons of pillow covers that I switch out on my throw pillows in various rooms for an instant refresh!
Sarah Foote from The Project Pile
My top home decorating ideas would be as follows… Always try to pick wall colors that are versatile and will work with your different décor pieces for every season. I try to look at my walls as the backdrop of a pretty picture that I am going to create using my different home décor accessories. If you choose a more neutral color, don’t be afraid to add an accent wall! Accent walls can really add that perfect pop of color to your room, without overdoing it. Also, when it comes to choosing accessories for your home, try to pick a few good pieces that can be incorporated with your seasonal décor for each and every season. For example, find a good neutral throw pillow, and then maybe change the color of your throw blanket throughout each season!
Christy Harper from The Harper House
My top home decorating ideas are: 1.) Add drama to your space by installing an oversized light fixture or chandelier. It is amazing how easily you can change the feel of a room just by switching out that dated 80’s light for something you love. 2.) Keep your large pieces (sofas & chairs) neutral and add pops of color with pillows, art, throws, and other accessories. It will make it easier to change decorations seasonally. 3.) Add a plant! If you’re decorating a room and it feels like something is missing, just add some greenery in the form of a fern, fiddle leaf fig tree, or vase of flowers. If you don’t have a green thumb, the faux floral industry has come a long way since the days of plastic green ivy so find some faux greenery to add to the space.
Emy Flint from Semi Gloss Design
Don’t decorate for resale value unless you are definitely going to move in the near future. Be fearless and be bold. Do what you actually want to do without fear that it might be too much. You will be so much happier with the results when you don’t hold anything back.
Susie Kuc from Tiny House Giant Life
Live in the space for a bit before making any big purchases or re-designs. Possibly 6+ months. -When in doubt lean towards a classic look, you can always add more personality later, at least a classic look won’t age your space as quickly. -If you are still developing your style (who isn’t anyways ?) pick score items that can easily be changed for a different look when you get bored. We have a gallery wall that changes pretty much seasonally, just switch out a few family pictures and voila a whole new look (and feel) to the living room.
Jessica Devlin from Jessica Devlin Design
My top home decor tip is to make a plan! I know, I know, it's boring. Knowing the overall style you are going for and how you want your space to feel is the secret to creating truly pulled together decor. That's what designer's do, they don't add things willy nilly, you hire them for their ability to make a plan!
I am so happy I had the privilege to work with all of these amazing bloggers. Make sure to check out their sites to see their amazing work!
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