I have received several emails from friends recently asking me about design tips and just how to start decorating a room. Let me preface this by stating that I have no professional experience and am just starting training…I am a novice that stumbles upon beautiful combinations of things in a deliberate and instinctual manner. I was an art minor in college so the color aspect of design & decor is definitely a skill learned in my many painting classes spent mixing and turning paint brown by mixing just too much. But in my opinion–you learn best when you fail at something. I don’t have the personality that allows me to accept failure so if my mind is set on creating or finding the perfect green, I will do it! Much of the following starter tips have come from my recent basic education on decor & design. So how do you begin to decorate? We’ll start with three…
2. Lets talk about style. One of my design teachers introduced me to an interesting way of thinking about style. She didn’t like the categories like modern, traditional, Tuscan, french country etc. Instead, she used two categories to define a style and two categories to define a substyle:
*bold can be used to describe patterns or color. Do you have a monotone room with one red pillow? That would be bold. Do you have a home full of neutrals with no standout patterns? That would be subdued.
Simple or Complex?
*Notice the amount of stuff in each room. Do you like to have a lot of “things” out on display or do you like to have very little in view?