I once took an Interior Design class in High School. I loved mix-matching colors, designing furnishings, and being inventive in drawing up a room. My hopes were dashed when I received a C- in that class, the worst grade I’ve ever received. It made me so frustrated because I felt like it was something I was good at. Hopefully this is a lesson that an awful grade doesn’t mean you are necessarily bad at something.
In my head there is scale of what is considered balance. For me, there must be a sense of balance when it comes to room décor. Koy, my husband, can already attest to the fact that I have changed our wall décor in our cozy little apartment probably 5 times already because it just didn’t “feel” right. Balance.
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My room in college was a collage from top to bottom, of pictures from fashion magazines. I accented it with black drapes, and other vintage posters of Marilyn Monroe and Paris. (similar to the photo above) I naturally gravitate towards loud, daring pieces. While I loved this abstract, art deco room design, I want something a little more contemporary and traditional for our home.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve BALANCE in whatever setting.
I like to have random pops of color throughout a room. For our living room, I chose the color scheme of black and cream, with the accent color being red. I added pops of color by adding red decorative pillows, red flowers, and a red candle. These elements all bring out the accent while still letting the other furnishing stand out. These red accents stand out as highlights, while the decorative lamp cover and decorative floral pillows stand out as well. These are lowlights against the black and cream backdrop of the couch and walls.
Mix & Match
We have an office area in our apartment, where I decided to hang up some vintage canvas décor I acquired a few years ago from Target. As you can see in the photo, the canvas sizes vary. I staggered them in such a way that it allows for just enough wall space between the artwork yet it doesn’t appear overcrowded. I also used different size photos to decorate the walls in our living room. Check out Home Decor How-To on Pinterest for help on what sizes of frames to use for a particular setting! These photos were very useful and gives a lot of great ideas for how to decorate any area of your home.
I’m currently obsessed with large artwork. For Christmas, Koy got a plaque of one of my favorite quotes. It is a bold red color too which looks perfect with our color scheme! I couldn’t wait to put it up, and it’s the perfect size to not appear overbearing in our kitchen. In our living room I also have one of my favorite wedding photos printed in poster size. The 24X36 print was only $8 bucks at Costco Photo and Target has really good frames for $8 bucks as well! Above top I added a little personality by hanging a plaque, a gift from one of my college roommates, which has our last name in bold with our first names across the middle in calligraphy.
I love to decorate and look forward to having a bigger place where I can do more of it!
Hope these tips were helpful!