People often say to me “you need to come decorate my house,” or “I have no idea where to start.” I take a lot of pride in creating a cozy and inviting environment, but it’s far from perfect. It’s not about creating a space that looks like a magazine, but more about creating a space you feel good in.
Providing somewhere for a family to unwind, relax, and where friends feel comfortable. Of course, if it looks cute, that’s always a bonus. If you’re starting at square one, here are a few elements you can use to decorate any room and create a space you can be proud of.
Texture is one of the best ways to create a comfortable space. Think about rugs, pillows baskets, blankets, furniture, and even décor. Mixing textures always makes a room feel more comfortable, warm, and cozy. This is a big reason why throw pillows always work so well in any space, because of the textures they bring.
Warm tones make a space feel more inviting than stark black, white, and hot pink. Warm woods, tables and large furniture look beautiful and are perfectly accented with white décor and other colorful pieces.
Lighting is a big deal for me. I like to have at least two lighting options in each room. Generally, I have a headache by 6 p.m. every night, and that tells me it’s time to turn off the lights, turn on a lamp and relax. I love a candle burning here and there, and a dimming hallway switch makes a world of difference to me.
I am a strong believer that every room should have a bit of nature. It can be a simple magnolia wreath, branches, trees, or even simple Ikea plants. Plants at a homey feel with an additional texture element.
When I walk into a home, I like to know who lives there, what is their story, what makes them who they are. I much prefer a gallery wall full of photos and memories from years passed than a gallery wall of designer paintings or professional photography. Using personal items brings meaning to the space, and shows guests what is truly important to you.
Never underestimate the power of a rug. Of course, if you have hardwood floors this may be obvious, but even in carpeted floors rugs can make a big difference. I like rugs that have a cozy texture that are large enough to transform a space and anchor a room.