Have you ever been in a room that just seemed dull? Maybe you couldn't quite put your finger on it, but something just seemed out of place. It didn't hold your attention, or the room itself felt empty despite having items in it. Decorating can be difficult, especially if you have no clue how to get started.
Here are a few solutions to some of the most common decorating roadblocks.
Complaint #1: My Rooms Lack Focal Points
Solution: Many times a room will feel disconnected despite being full of furniture and decorations, and the reason isn't the lack of a coherent theme. The reason is that the room lacks a focal point. For example, the living room of most homes will use the television as a focal point, while the kitchen might use the table. If you're working in a room that has neither, you can use a bookshelf or console table to create a single point of interest on the wall. This will draw the eye and serve as the centre point of the room.
Complaint #2: My Rooms Look Bare
Solution: Use accessories. Maybe you have a set of beautiful frosted-glass containers, but they go unused. Fill them with fruit. Use oranges, lemons, or limes to create a splash of colour in the containers. You can change the fruit up according to the season; for example, apples are a great choice for fall or winter. If your kitchen or dining room follows a monochromatic, neutral colour scheme, a splash of colour can be a great accent.
Complaint #3: I Have Too Many Books (And Not Enough Space)
Solution: If you're like most people, you have too many books and not enough bookshelves. Don't let them go untouched for years in a box at the top of the closet, find ways books can be used as decor. Larger books can be stacked on top of each other and turned into a makeshift table, perhaps for a low chair. The spines of the books are like artwork in and of themselves and can make interesting conversation pieces.
Complaint #4: My Bathroom Is Plain
Solution: The bathroom is one of the most underrated rooms in the home. A properly decorated bathroom can turn the space from one of pure utility into one of relaxation. If your bathroom is mostly white, use coloured towels and natural wood grains to give it a modern, warm feel. Choose two or three complementary colours and use those throughout the entire bathroom to give it a funky yet unified feel.
Complaint #5: My Kitchen Walls Seem Empty
Solution: Most people have empty, undecorated kitchen walls. You can fix this easily by installing s-hooks and hanging pots and pans from the hooks. Not only does it provide easy storage solutions, but it fills in those blank spaces and gives the kitchen a more lived-in feel. Just make sure the pots and pans are completely dry when you hang them.
Complaint #6: I'm Bored of My Headboard
Solution: Your bed's headboard may be often overlooked. It's one area that people don't think to decorate, but it can be a great focal point in the bedroom if decorated properly. There are plenty of easy headboard projects to revamp the old furniture, and it can be as easy as throwing some fabric onto it. Interesting towel designs can make artwork in a pinch, or you can find a piece of fabric and tuck it around the frame to add both design and texture to your headboard.
Complaint #7: My Bookshelves Look Messy
Solution: Have a bookshelf that you want to make look even better? Consider grouping your books by colour. Sure, you shouldn't judge them by their cover, but making each shelf different shades of the same colour can turn a boring bookshelf into one that looks both organized and aesthetically pleasing. Another potential solution is to line the books up by colour and create a gradient across all the shelves.
Complain #8: I No Longer Like My Dining Room Table
Solution: You can completely turn your dining room around simply by putting a tablecloth on the table. This turns a boring table into one with a lot of personality, and you don't have to settle for a traditional white cloth. Take your time searching for a tablecloth that matches your personality and sense of style.
Complaint #9: My Home Doesn't Feel Quite Homey
Solution: The one thing that can (literally) breathe life into your home design is the presence of plants. Investing in a few different types of plants is a sure way to cozy up your home, making it feel more welcoming and warm. In some cases, it can even improve the air quality in a room. If you don't want the responsibility of watering a plant and keeping it alive, you can purchase fake plants that require no more maintenance than a bit of dusting and still provide a visual livening effect.
Maybe you're moving into a new home and want to avoid making decor mistakes you'll regret. Maybe there are a few things in your current home's decor that you're just plain tired of. Whatever the case, the ideas above are simple to apply, and once you're on a roll, you may find you can easily transform your home's decor into something you no longer complain about – even more, you may even start to brag about it!