8 Tips to Decorate Your Home Like a Pro | Home Soft Things

8 Tips to Decorate Your Home Like a Pro | Home Soft Things

While decorating your home is an absolute blast, it can also be a bit of a chore. With so many options available, it can be tough to make all the right decisions. From furniture to paint and everything in between, there's a lot to consider.

But don't worry - we've got you covered! We chatted with some interior designers who shared their best decorating tips with us. And boy, did they deliver! Whether you're just sprucing things up or doing a complete overhaul, you'll find plenty of inspiration here to get you going, keep moving forward, or cross that finish line. Let's go!


Include a Statement Piece in Every Room

Statement pieces can transform a home from simple to striking, but snag too many and you risk overwhelming your space. Is there a general rule to follow? Put a single showpiece in each room.

Create one design focal point, such as a fireplace surrounded by large format tiles, a gorgeous stair carpet runner, or a kitchen tile backsplash.

Super Mink Faux Fur Ottoman with Gold Legs

Mongolian Faux Fur Ottoman with Gold Legs


Create An Everlasting Base Layer

When decorating, divide the room into several layers. Your base layer should include your largest pieces of furniture—the ones you'll move from place to place. Smaller furniture is included in your second layer. Textiles and accessories make up your third layer. Because these layers are more adaptable, you may want to swap them out as you move from house to house.

Always make sure a room has layers. Core pieces, such as a sofa, cocktail table, and rug, anchor the space. Secondary options and accessories, such as side tables, decorative objects, textiles, and art, are what transform a house into a home.

Many designers recommend keeping your base layer as classic and versatile as possible to give yourself more flexibility with your second and third layers.

Brooke Cable Throw & Decorative Pillow Cover Combo

Brooke Cable Throw & Decorative Pillow Cover Combo


Experiment With Different Proportions

Don't be afraid to use large pieces in conjunction with small ones. It's critical to experiment with different proportions. The right scale has the ability to completely transform a space. There must be tension and synergy between the various elements in a room.

Many people are afraid of large accessories, lighting, or furniture because they believe it will take up too much space. However, in many cases, their items end up being too small. To compensate for their error, they frequently add more items to fill the space, which can make the space appear more cluttered.


Select Multitasking Pieces

One overlooked method for making your space more versatile? Stock up on pieces that can serve multiple functions.

Our favorite piece of advice is to design your living room to be flexible. Trays can be used to convert ottomans into small tables, and pillows can be used as plush floor seating. These types of additions can help you optimize your space, making it more functional and livable.

Heavy Faux Fur Storage Ottoman

Heavy Faux Fur Storage Ottoman


Keep It Simple By Sticking To A Warm Or Cool Color Palette

Balancing multiple colors can be intimidating, especially if you're a beginner decorator. We suggest using only cool or warm colors.

When you're first starting out, don't mix warm and cool colors because finding the right balance can be difficult. When shopping for new cushions, look for variations of cool colors (for example, blue hues) or warm colors (for example, reds and yellows).

7 Piece Saigon Quilts Set

7 Piece Saigon Quilts Set


Lower Your Artwork

Art has the power to transform a space. However many people may be hanging their art work too high.

Lower your artwork. Art should hang about 60-62 inches from the floor unless accommodating a piece of furniture underneath it. Why? Most people will be able to see your art if you keep it at eye level.


Use A Simple Wood Stain

If you intend to use wood in your home, keep your wood stains simple and streamlined.

The number of stains out there is overwhelming. However, if you choose one with an orange or red undertone, it can throw the entire room off. By choosing something timeless, you'll create a space that's easier to decorate, which is especially important in rooms with hardwood floors or wood-lined walls.

Also, make sure your stains are consistent from room to room. If you have mismatched stains, it will throw the entire design off.

Cedar Wood Coffee Table Multipiece

Cedar Wood Coffee Table Multipiece


Don’t Push Your Furniture Against The Wall

Contrary to popular belief, furniture does not have to be placed directly against the walls.

The room will look bigger with the furniture in the middle. We like this piece of advice because it is contradictory. However, upon full realization, there is a wow moment.