I'm usually pretty happy to share my thoughts to help another person out so I thought I'd write a little bit about what's worked for me. Most of the images you'll see here are of my own home and is shown, as is, to represent how my decor is seen on an everyday basis.
Without further ado, read on for my decor tips and tricks!
1) Hang Drapes to Heighten a Room
If the panels are too short, (like, say, a foot off the ground), it looks undone. Too long, then it just looks sloppy.
2) Expand the Size of Windows
To do so, we bought a corner rod and extended the rod a little over a foot past the window's edge. Hanging each panel next to each edge gave the illusion of larger/wider windows.
3) Hanging Artwork at Eye Level
When I say "center" I don't mean the center of the top edge but the middle center of the piece (see the "X's" marked on the photos).
4) Table Height “Rules”
For coffee tables, or ottomans, I generally like that they're about the same height as the seats so it's easy for one to kick up their heels. If they're a little lower or a little higher than the seat, it's not that big a deal. If it's a drastic height difference, it looks awkward.
For bedside tables, I generally ensure that the table top is level with the mattress top. If it's a few inches taller, it's not that big a deal; however, if it’s a few inches lower, it just ends up looking dinky. When at around the same level, it's easy to reach over for a book or glass of water.
See the red lines in the following photos...
Below, you'll see some layering I've done throughout my house just to give the area a little something extra.
6) Area Rugs
When choosing a rug, you either want to make sure most of your furniture fits right on top or fits comfortably just around its outer edges. If it's too big, it'll overpower everything in the room. If too small, then it just looks out of place. The smallest rug I've used is a 5x8" - my coffee table fit right on top while my sofa and chairs flanked each side.
You definitely want to take measurements of your space to ensure that your rug fits.
7) Plants (Real & Fake)
I DO NOT have a green thumb but I like the beauty of a simple bouquet or a no-fuss potted green plant.
For faux plants, I like when they resemble the real thing (for example, fiddle leaf trees or succulents). I'm asked all the time whether my succulents are real.
So, yes, do what you can to incorporate any foliage into your home to give it some life!
8) Mixing it Up (Prints, Materials, etc)
For picture #1, when I told people my idea of what we were going to do with the stairs in our entryway, you could see them cringe. But so far, so good. There are java colors in the mosaic tiles we applied on our stair risers and it pulls the overall look together beautifully.
For picture #2, you can see the different patterns going on but it all comes together because each item shares the same color(s).
If you have any design tricks or tips, leave a comment down below because I'd love to know!