Tips for Decorating

Post by Stephanie Murn

There are many reasons to decorate a space. Sometimes decorating may be to change things up, at other times freshening things up may make a room more functional. One of the most common reasons to change the look of a space is to make a room seem larger. There are many easy and efficient ways to update the way your room presents itself in terms of space. The next time you’re looking to make your room feel more spacious, keep these simple tips in mind:

Color Changes Everything

When decorating or renovating, color is always crucial as you determine what you want your room to look and feel like. If you’re aiming to make a room feel larger, this component becomes even more important, as the color of a room sets the stage for first impression. While you’re selecting paint colors go for light shades of blue or gray. Even painting a lighter neutral shade on the walls, such as beige, will help open a room up. Though darker colors look nice, they tend to make a small room feel even more enclosed.

Go big or go home

One of the easiest ways to give the illusion of a larger room is to accentuate the height of the space you’re decorating, by drawing attention to the ceiling and making the sources of natural light stand out. A relatively quick and inexpensive way to do this is by changing the way the curtains are hung. Rather than placing a curtain rod at the top of a window, try placing it several inches above the top of the window frame, or even an inch or so below the ceiling help to give the illusion that the room is longer height wise. Another simple way of using this same approach, is to hang a curtain at the top of a wall and place a piece of furniture in front of it. Doing so will not only make the piece stand out, but it can also give your space the illusion of having a taller ceiling.

Two uses are better than one

The next concept will not only make your room feel larger, but it can also give you added seating or make for great living room pieces. Consider the functionality of the furniture in the room you’re working on. If the furniture is oversized, or if the pieces don’t fit well within the space, the things that are supposed to add character may be taking character away. Utilizing furniture that doubles as storage not only helps to maximize the space your room offers, but it can also make the room easier to entertain in. Contemplate adding ottomans that open to allow for a place to stash clutter or bringing in a piece that could house belongings while doubling as a coffee table, such as a trunk or chest. Switching out furniture in favor of elements that work for your whole house will not only help open up a room, but also make it more functional.

Reflect the space you have

The last idea that can help to make a room feel more open is one that you’ve probably heard before. Adding mirrors has long been a tip from designers when it comes to giving a room a larger look. Placing a good sized mirror at any angle in a room tricks the eye into thinking the dimensions of any size space are bigger. If you want to get creative, consider this fun play on the mirror idea: Break a medium sized mirror into several pieces and put it back together in different order on a wall of the space you’re decorating. This will enhance the visual size of the room while giving while giving you the added bonus of a great focal point and conversation piece!

When decorating a space to make it seem larger, any of these ideas will start your design projects off while still being considerate of your time and money. Regardless of the season for decorating, updating a space to maximize its’ full potential will always make it feel fresh and inviting!

Home Office Decoration

The typical notion of an “office space” is something that’s gone through something of a transition over the past few years. Technology has advanced massively over recent times allowing workers to carry out their duties from almost any location on the planet – it’s safe to say, the corporate office is beginning to steadily give way in parts to the office in the home. Flextime, remote working and entrepreneurs running home businesses means that more people than ever are working from their own home rather than a specific place of work, but whilst the idea of not having to get up and head out to work in a morning may sound like bliss, just how practical and easy is it to actually work at home.

Some of the biggest attractions to working at home are obvious, you’re in a comfortable environment, it’s relatively less pressure than an office, and you don’t have to spend an hour of your day sat in traffic trying to get to and from work, and its no wonder that people are attracted to that, it sounds great! The truth is though that whilst the home brings comforts, it also holds some pitfalls which can destroy productivity and actually leave you a lot more stressed than the days of the daily commute.

You see the thing that many people don’t always realise is, yes you may be working in your home, but a typical home “set up” is often just not suitable for working in, and you have to create a suitable work environment from within that home. First things first, you need to have a suitable space to carry out your work, a home office space that is spacious, quiet and inspiring, otherwise you’re going to find yourself struggling to get anything done very quickly. So many people grasp the opportunity to work from home and found themselves sat on the sofa, with an excited child playing one side, a hungry dog barking on the other, and before they know it sales invoices have slipped down the back of the cushions, memos are covered in sticky paw prints, and that important client fax has somehow managed to make itself to the bottom of the garden and half buried itself in the soil – disaster! Therefore it is critical that you have a designated work space, you don’t have to confine yourself to it all day long, but you need somewhere you can be alone and focus when some hard work needs to be done, so designate either a room, if you don’t have that much space, then a corner of a room to be your official “home office space”.

It’s not just about having an office area though, after all, if the office space isn’t set up properly to meet your needs then you’re probably going to be even worse off in there! Make sure it has all of the furnishing and facilities that you would expect in any workplace office, this means having a comfortable and suitable office chair – not just something dragged out of the dining room – and make sure you have a good quality desk and plenty of storage space, if you’re using make shift boxes and sock drawers to keep your filing then things are going to go wrong sooner or later.

Decor is a very important factor too, many people who have a spare room in their home often dedicate it to being a storage facility, a place where you keep everything else that has no all year round purpose, and no specific place of its own – christmas tree’s, suitcases and bad birthday gifts to name just a few things! However, if you choose this spare room to become your home office space, it cannot continue to be an unkempt storage room as well, it has to be adjusted to meet your needs and help you focus – no one is going to be at their most productive in a dark, dingy room, squashed in the corner between boxes of old things. Most importantly it needs to be spacious, you need to be comfortable in your work with plenty of space to move around and arrange your surroundings. Secondly make sure there is some form of natural light in there – it can work wonder simply for morale, and also for timekeeping, and finally, just make it a pleasant place to be in! Paint or wallpaper the walls in a pleasant, bright color which inspires creativity, hang some attractive artwork or pictures, add plant life – do anything which makes you happy, if you’re going to be spending at least a few hours per day in this room it has be a place you enjoy, if you dislike being in there then more often than not you’re going to be disheartened when in there, and use any excuse at all you can to leave, dragging you away from your work and killing productivity.

Now, I’m not tyring to discourage working from home, in fact the complete opposite if anything – it can have a fantastic effect on your family, your social life and your happiness, but only if done correctly, don’t fall into the traps mentioned above and working from home can be a great thing, so go on, get out the paint brush, create a beacon of creativity and happiness to work in, grab your slippers and a coffee, and relax!

Plus, if you’re stuck for ideas, there are some great ideas for home office decoration here –