So going from a 720 square foot apartment to a three bedroom, basically two story house was thrilling, but a bit intimidating. SO MUCH SPACE. How in the world do I begin to decorate it all??? Here are some of my go to tips on how to get the most out of your money, and still stay updated on current trends!
1. Start with neutrals and add pops of color
When it comes to walls or furniture neutral is better. You can always throw in a few accent pieces or maybe paint one wall in the room something really different, but trust me styles will change, and you will be glad you don't have to repaint your whole house. Instead, get a bright accent table and stick with the gray couch, or add some fun pillow or throws to brighten up the room!
2. Rule of threes
Pretty much odd numbers work better when arranging things. Whether that be furniture around the room, or candles on a mantle, the rule of threes is always a good bet.
3. Make sure it's functional
If you can't jump on top of your couch or have to tip toe around everything because it's breakable, you're not decorating efficiently. When you pick pieces or organize a room, try and think about it's purpose and how you use it, not just how it will look.
For some reason we have very limited closet space in our house. And I know someday when the rooms are full of children's things and we have more toys than we can count, storage will be crucial. Try and be creative to add storage options to your room. I have several benches that open up for storage, I love all kinds of baskets, and my coffee table is a trunk that we keep our blankets in.
5. Rugs and Pillows
These are a fairly inexpensive option that can be changed out to give your space a facelift. I much prefer hardwood floors and a rug to carpet. You still get that cozy feel, but after a few years of the rug getting dirty and you changing your style, you get to go pick up a new one, rather than having to shampoo or pay to put down all new carpet.
And my husband can vouch for my love of pillows. I may not be currently allowed to buy anymore we have so many. But if my dogs tore up a few, then replacements for those don't count right?
6. Vary heights and sizes
Whether you're displaying thinks on a mantle, bookcase, or shelf variety is key. Varying heights and sizes of objects creates visual interest and draws your eyes around the room.
7. Go for classic big purchase items and trendy accents
You have your kitchen table for years, your couch for years, dressers for years. The brick-a-brack on your bookshelf rotates as often as you want it to. Spend your money on pieces of furniture that can transition into several styles and then spend a little money on the details to make it fit your style. That way down the road when rose gold is no longer awesome (I can't imagine the day) or chevron stripes aren't quite so cute, you don't have to completely scrap the whole room.
If you can have a bench in front of a window that also serves as storage perfect! Or a side table that also houses your record collection even better. You use your house for so many different things, don't let your decor and your furniture limit what you can do!
9. Make it personal
Some people don't like a ton of pictures or quotes all around. I clearly disagree with that. You have to see your home everyday, other people just stop by to visit. Fill frames with family, dedicate a wall to children's artwork. It's your home, and while you want it to look like it just popped out of Pottery Barn, you also want it to be the safe place you call YOURS.
My husband keeps asking what I am going to do with myself once we "finish" decorating/renovating the house. To which my response was to laugh. I guarantee I will never be done. Between updating, renovating, changing with styles, and someday little ones added to the mix there will always be something new I want to try!
Hope these helped give you some good ideas!