We can’t count how many times we have been asked this question in our Decorating Dilemmas column: “I just moved into a new home and don’t know where to begin!” This is because decorating a room from scratch can be daunting. There are so many options, and you don’t know where to begin. These are some tips to help you get started decorating your home.
Find the piece of art you love
We face the same problem when designing the rooms in our catalogue. There are endless possibilities on a blank canvas. We will often use artwork as a starting point. This Exclusive Artist, Rick Reinert piece, shows many different shades of blue and some persimmon oranges. These colours were important to us, so we used them in our upholstery, pillows and bright blue rug.
Begin with a rug
Our Catherine Rug has been a favourite of ours for its subtle beauty and beautiful shades of light blue. We used complementary fabrics and artwork to bring out the icy blues in this living room. The perfect pairing is our new Cleo Glacier fabric and Minsk Glacier fabric.
Get a Fabulous Fabric
Large-scale florals with black backgrounds are in fashion for 2017. We used our Beatrice Black Fabric to guide us. We chose primarily black and light white pieces for this fabric. However, if you pay close enough attention, you can see purple shades. We brought out the lavender tones in this fabric with our Shiloh Chair, pillows, and other accessories.
Inspiration from Other Sources
A great way to give direction to your space is an inspiration tear. You can use the inspiration tear to guide you if you are starting from scratch. We loved how designer Jonathan Savage used one of our Isabella daybeds to decorate his guest room at the 2016 Southern Style Now Showhouse. We wanted to share this fantastic idea in our catalogue, so we used his bedroom to inspire our Winter 2017 catalogue.
Select a colour
The colour of your space can make a big difference in how it feels. Each colour has its personality, so make sure you use it in your area. Suzanne Kasler demonstrates this strategy in the space below. The room is neutral in colour, but Kasler strategically adds accents to the space with her orange linen to create a feeling of warmth and cosiness.
Place a Layout
You may have a small or unusually shaped space. Decide on a layout that suits your needs. You will be able to narrow down your choices and get you started. For example, we knew that we needed two settees facing each other in this living room. The small space meant that the room would feel light and bright. We chose neutral pieces that had contrast and texture but no colour.
Start with a statement piece.
A single piece of art can be enough to inspire a whole room. Our Kent Dome Pendant was the focal point of this living room. We continued to echo the black exterior and gold interior with the rest. The black-and-white geometric print was placed on the sofa to complement the modern black silhouette.
Neutral Need Not Be Boring
Although neutral rooms are often criticized, you can use them to inspire. You can choose one neutral colour, grey, white or beige. Then, bring in neutral pieces in different textures. If they are in the same shade, linens, leathers and velvets, and metallic pieces and wallpaper can all be used together. This is how Mark D. Sikes, designer for Southern Living Idea House, did it in his living room. We’ll take it if it’s good enough to be used in Southern Living.
Use what you have
You might consider using a piece you have already collected as a starting point. It could be a family heirloom, an art piece for children, or a blue and white porcelain collection. You can reimagine something you love and make it stand out in your space.
Collect as You Go
Some people believe that not having a plan is better than no plan! You can let the inspiration flow if you don’t have a plan. You might find inspiration in an antique shop or through a favourite catalogue. You can add new pieces as you discover them and let your room grow over time.