- 1 Tips for decorating your home
- 2 How to choose the colours for your house?
- 3 How to choose the furniture?
If you are wondering how to decorate your home, there is one thing you should bear in mind: your home is yours. The ultimate decision is yours, because you are going to design a place that will be your own temple. A unique and comfortable space.
From that point on, there are certain tips that can help you get around the most complex decisions. We can help you:
Tips for decorating your home
When it comes to decorating your home, the possibilities are endless. Different styles, textures, colours, spaces, materials… Unless you know exactly what you want, finding a decoration that suits you may be difficult.
Here are some tips for decorating your home that may help you. However, as always, the last word is up to you. 😉
Find your style
There are so many different styles that finding your own can seem like mission impossible. But think about it: now you have a unique opportunity! Your new home is like a blank canvas, and there are so many options.
Do you like simple, elegant lines or traditional, rustic designs? A great way to find out is to look for ideas in magazines or social networks like Pinterest and Instagram. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
Don’t jump in
Even if you find a piece you love, don’t buy the first furniture you see. Do your research, think about how it would look with the rest of the elements and the type of design of the house…
After a few weeks, if that piece of furniture still fits in with the way the decoration of your home is evolving, buy it with no hesitation. Oh, and don’t buy it at the first shop. Look for discounts, second-hand shops, local manufacturers…
Plan, plan, plan
Creating the perfect home is too important to leave it to improvisation. That’s why making a detailed, step-by-step plan will help you make informed, cool-headed decisions.
One of the most important steps is to request quotes from several suppliers, whether for basic items such as painting or more delicate ones such as kitchen fittings. This will help you to keep an eye on market prices and allow you to make your choice with the most detailed information possible.
You should also find out about the permits you need to carry out the work. You might have to pay a municipal tax, depending on the nature of the renovation.
Planning will also help you avoid being overwhelmed. Take your time, start with small steps and focus on a particular room, rather than trying to take on the whole project in one go. ⏰
The importance of detail
Once you have done the essential renovations, it’s time to stop and choose the details that will make your home unique. This is how you can give it that personal touch.
It can be with antique elements that you have inherited from your family, others that you have bought in flea markets or antique shops, photographs, design pieces, souvenirs of special moments…
What’s more, DIY and restoration projects are a lot of fun, and you can design your own details and make them unique. You will save money, be more original and have stories to tell when your friends visit you. 🔨
How to choose the colours for your house?
Colour needed a dedicated section, because it is one of the most difficult details to choose when you decide how to decorate your home. Which colour should I paint the walls? What colour should I choose for the kitchen furniture? The decision is a very personal one, but there are several tips that can help you:
Neutral and bright tones for the walls
Stick to colours like beige or grey, especially on the first floor. These are the tones that will give you the most flexibility to play with the other elements of the decoration. Just by changing accessories, the space can become a completely different one.
And, if there are two small rooms next to each other, painting them in the same neutral colour makes them look bigger. Or, you can go up or down one or two shades to subtly vary them.
You don’t need to be an expert, but a simple colour wheel can give you lots of ideas and can quickly create colour schemes. By rotating the wheels, you can see how some colours go with others. Even if you don’t choose exactly those colours, you can opt for different shades of them.
Try it out
It seems obvious, but not everyone does it. Sometimes, we just start painting a wall because in our imagination it looks great and then, when the job is done, we realise that it doesn’t work. So, always test the colour before you paint the whole surface.
Also, make sure you calculate how much paint you will need, so you can avoid excesses and make a more efficient investment. 🎨
How to choose the furniture?
These are the most important elements when it comes to decorating a home. That’s why you should pay as much attention to them as possible. For example:
Choose the design of each room
Not all rooms have the same properties, and therefore not all furniture has to follow the same lines. Light, dimensions, spaces… all have an impact on the type of furniture to choose. 🪑
The most important thing is that the size of the furniture matches the size of the room and that it is positioned in a way that is not too far apart from other pieces (creating ’empty’ areas) and not too cluttered.
Look also at how the pieces combine with other pieces in the room, if the material they are made of is suitable for the design of that space, if they are useful for the purpose of that room or if they would be better placed elsewhere.
More than just the shape
Clearly, the shape of a piece of furniture is important. But don’t forget about other aspects, especially the texture and upholstery fabrics, if any.
For example, this is essential when choosing a sofa, a chair and, of course, bed linen, curtains, cushions… Some textiles are more durable than others, mainly nylon, olefin and polyester. Other more natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and wool are more fragile.
Try to find the middle ground between a durable, quality and beautiful textile.
What is really necessary
Sometimes we find such beautiful pieces of furniture that we rush into buying them without asking ourselves the basic question: will it serve any purpose?
Maybe you don’t need a big dining table, or a sofa, or a cupboard to store your crockery. If you cook simple, quick dishes, why would you want an oven? Consider your needs, your lifestyle and think about what furniture will be really useful to you.
Make your home fit the way you want to live it, and not the other way around.
Hopefully we have helped you get a clearer idea of how to decorate your home. At Sonneil, we offer furniture advice to clients who choose us to buy their new home.
Because the good life is also about choosing the perfect sofa.