The ABCs of Decorating
When it comes to decorating, less is more – the era of jam-packed glass cabinets and overflowing windowsills is passé.
If you follow just a few basic rules, you can enhance your pleasant atmosphere by using selected decorative pieces. All of this can be accomplished without any kitsch, but with a great deal of harmony.
Focus on the essentials and then start decorating:
The best places for decorations
Skilfully decorating is a matter of finding a balance, instead of going to extremes. Therefore, your decorations do not need to be hidden in the bookshelf, but they also don’t need to lie around the entire apartment, as this quickly causes the area to appear busy and cluttered.
Establish specific places for decorations: ideally, your eye should be drawn directly to the objects. Some examples of particularly suitable pieces are windowsills, sideboards or coffee tables.
One times one equals three
The golden rule of a balanced approach to decorating is to work with odd numbers. Combine your decorative elements into groups of three or five. Your eyes will appreciate it, since they perceive uneven numbers as being harmonious.
So, you are encouraged to experiment with various sizes, shapes and disorderly arrangements. But remember to leave enough space between the small groups, so that they all have enough room to shine.
Use colour formulas when decorating
Develop a colour concept for each individual room. What colours should the flooring, walls and furniture have? Select your decorations to match this colour scheme. There are several different options when it comes to combining colours.
- You can stay within the confines of one colour spectrum, for example, by using earthy tones such as beige, terracotta and fir green.
- There’s also the option of using two brash colours to achieve a thrilling contrast, one such example is sun yellow.
- Or follow the seemingly tidy monochrome trend and select decorations featuring the same colour, such as anthracite.
Our tip: Limit yourself to a maximum of three colours to achieve a particularly harmonious setting.
Compliment your decorations with an emotional touch
Decorations trigger feelings of contentedness by triggering an emotional connection. From the first piece of classic design furniture that you purchased to something handcrafted by your children, to cherished holiday souvenirs – showcase your memories. Use your favourite pieces as decorative highlights. The best way to achieve this is by utilising just a few elements, as this increases the overall visibility of your highlighted pieces. For example, don’t fill up the entire windowsill. Instead, focus on a small collection of vases that you compiled during your most recent summer holiday.
Additional elements create contrasts
Once you have honed your decorating skills, then you can venture into testing out various creations featuring more fascinating contrasts. For example, blend various furnishing styles: if your parquet flooring is sand white and your furniture is in keeping with chic, Scandinavian design, then you can incorporate a few playful elements. Pillows with oriental patterns, lace curtains… simply let your imagination run wild.
Materials also serve as an excellent source for finding different contrasts: add decorative wooden figures to a side table made of metal, as this exudes a modern, warm flair. Even a metal shelf or heavy velvet curtains can create an incredible mix.
Trendy tip: Lamps with two-in-one functions
You see them everywhere at the moment: lamps that not only serve to provide light and ambience, but which now also act as sublime decorative elements. What would you say to, for example, a floor lamp which also doubles as a flower pot?