Home Decorating Tips for the DIYer in You

Home stagers are professionals who know how to highlight your home’s strengths, hide its faults and make it attractive to everyone. We spoke to professionals across the country about their top tips for updating the rooms in your house without spending too much.

The Front Door can be set to the desired tone.

You want your home to make an excellent first impression. Paint the front door in a bright, cheerful color. Lara Allen-Brett, from New Jersey, says red is a lucky color in many cultures. In early, a red door was a sign of “welcome” for weary travelers. It also represents a haven for the churches.

Paint Wall Colors: Neutral and Light

Avoid colors such as gray or beige, especially on the first level, where flow is most important. Breining says, “You want to minimize jarring changes.” You have the most decorating flexibility with neutral walls, as you can easily change your accessories.

Living Space: Your sofa should speak to your chairs

Imagine a hotel lobby with furniture that encourages conversation. You want to create a feeling of intimacy and balance when placing furniture in your living space.

Let the Sunshine in your kitchen.

Lynne says that a naked bank is better than an ugly bank regarding old, heavy drapes. Window dressings should be both functional and elegant. Think sheers with full-length panels.

Choose light colors that will not fade if your room is exposed to a lot of sunlight. Silk blends, cotton, and linen are the best lightweight fabrics for panels because they hang nicely.

Hang at least one mirror in every room

Breining says mirrors can brighten a room because they reflect the light around them. However, putting one in the wrong place can make it almost as dangerous as not having one.

Mirrors should be placed perpendicularly to windows and not across them. Mirrors placed directly against windows can reflect the light from the window.

Scale artwork to your wall

Breining says, “there are few things more absurd-looking than hanging tiny art too high on the walls.” The center of a photograph should be at eye level. The average height of the two people should be equal.

Remember to consider scale. For a large wall, you can either go big with one piece that is too big or group smaller pieces in a gallery-style arrangement. The best spacing between the items is 2 to 4 inches.

Layer Your Lighting

Ambient, which provides general illumination, is most commonly found above a kitchen island or reading nook. Task, which can be found above a kitchen island, is usually provided by ceiling fixtures. The accent, which highlights artwork, is more decorative.

Anchor Rugs under Furniture Feet

These are the rules for an area rug. Breining says that the carpet should be able to fit all four legs of a sofa or chair in a furniture set. The carpet should also define the seating area. He adds that the rug should be supported by the two front legs of the chair and sofa.