When it comes to decorating your home, forget about the empty, lifeless
rooms you see in interior design magazines and books. Instead, you
should concentrate on designing all of the rooms in your home as
backdrops for the people who will be living in those spaces.
Here are a few easy home decorating techniques for designing dynamic spaces:
Don’t be afraid to leave some empty spaces in your rooms. Empty space
allows for breathing room and lets the most important items in the room
shine — the people who live there!
Avoid large patterns in your fabrics and wallpapers. As a general rule,
use no designs larger than your palm, because they will interfere with
the appearance of people in the room. Using smaller patterns on walls
and furniture will mean that friends and family won’t have to compete
with bold patterns for attention.
Use paint colors that complement people’s skin and eye colors. For
light skin colors, use yellows, pinks, and beiges. For darker
complexions, yellows, olives, and tans can make people look great.
Use textures that stimulate the sense of touch. Look for textures that
are nice to caress, such as velvet, chenille, or satin. They’ll create
a feeling of being pampered.
Always choose comfort over pretense. Just because a sofa looks great
doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. When you visit a showroom, remember that
in order to truly test a piece of furniture, you need to sit on it for
awhile, until you feel totally rested. Only then will can you get a
realistic feel for its support and comfort level.
Your home is meant to be a place for people, and if you always keep
yourself, your family, and your guests in mind, you’ll be well on your
way to designing spaces that will be more comfortable and emotionally
appealing than the staged photos you see in magazines and books.