Whether it’s a home you’ve been living in for years or a new one that you’ve just moved into, there is bound to be one area (or more) which has received no TLC at all. It always takes time to fill up a blank space with the perfect furniture, art and accessories, especially when there is no dearth of options.
Most of us face a metal block akin to the notorious writer’s block when it comes to decorating blank areas in our homes. This could be because of lack of inspiration or the opposite – so many choices that we just don’t know where to begin!
Tips to Get You Started on That Blank Space!
When you’re adorning any empty space, treat these five basic points as a map and make your design decisions according to them:
1. Furniture – It has been said that the right piece of furniture can make or break a room. While this might seem like an overstatement, it’s definitely true that your furniture choices have a huge impact on the overall design of the space. Pick out a piece of statement furniture, one that is beautiful and functional in equal parts, and make it the center of attention.
If your space is meant for entertaining guests or relaxing, a large comfy couch is perfect, while a storage cabinet or set of bookshelves would be ideal for little nooks and crannies. Play with colors too – if you have a colorful bunch of cushions, display them on a neutral-hued couch for maximum impact!
2. Paint – A lick of paint can bring new life to a blank space and fill you with fresh inspiration too. Play with unusual ideas, like painting a large table in an eye-catching shade of purple, while keeping the rest of the decor subdued. When you’re picking out paint for walls or fixtures, try to strike a contrast between plain and textured, neutral and vibrant, etc.
A blank wall can be spiffed up with a coat of green or blue, offset by white or off-white furniture and pictures of the seaside for a beach cottage-y appeal!
3. Art and Accessories – One of the best ways to brighten up any space is to display hand-picked pieces of art. You could opt for a set of nesting dolls or a large papier mache figurine for a side table, vinyl records or canvas wall art displayed on the walls and a variety of other decorative accents for the rest of the area.
While you definitely want to add some spice to an empty space, remember that less is indeed more. Don’t try and display too many ‘objets d’art’ together, since that makes the area seem cluttered. Instead, let there be a statement piece that grabs attention instead!
4. Lighting – When you choose lights and fixtures for an area, pick out options that suit the space. Harsh lighting is never a good idea, but you should pick bright lights for spaces where you may spend time reading, drawing or writing. Soft, warm lights are better for bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas, while colorful fancy lights make beautiful accents outdoors.
Functional spaces like tables work well with overhead lighting while seating areas can be lit with table or floor lamps. Use the lighting arrangement to call attention to special areas, e.g. if you have art on the walls or on flat surfaces, use subtle backlighting to make them glow!
5. Rugs – Floor treatments are often neglected when it comes to indoor decor and design, but they are amazingly effective at adding color and appeal to a space. A large patterned rug or multiple smaller ones can add a much-needed touch of warmth and visual impact to any space.
Coordinate these pieces with the furniture, walls and fixtures to ensure they fit the grand design scheme. Luckily, there is no shortage of carpets and rugs in every kind of design style, ranging from traditional to super-funky!
Treat a blank space as an empty canvas that is just begging for some color. In fact, the best part about decorating an area in the home or office is that you can change it around when you get bored of it.
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