Are you trying to decide how to mesh styles with a significant other when decorating? Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy had some great suggestions when he came by this episode of Mondays With Marlo.
Don't worry about overshadowing the other person when deciding how to decorate. Instead of trying to mix both preferences together in one room, give each person a room to call their own instead. Each person can decorate a particular room as they like, and receive support from their partner. The most important part is for each person to feel like they have a space to make decisions. Both people's styles will be evident as visitors go from room to room as well.
Watch the full interview here.
For more on sprucing up your space, see Maxwell's tips for a beautiful home.
The easiest way to transform your home for the easy, breezy spring and summer seasons is by giving it a good cleaning. Open up your windows, throw on some gloves and get rid of the clutter and dust that winter leaves behind -- you’ll be surprised by how much better your space feels. Then invest in a few new pieces like dish and glassware for summer entertaining, colorful bed sheets or even just fresh flowers.
The first thing people notice when they enter your home isn’t whether your couch is several years old or if you have the latest design trends -- it’s whether the smell and lighting are inviting. These things help guests feel comfortable. Open up windows and blinds to air out rooms and let in light, keep dust and clutter to a minimum and -- if all else fails -- burn some scented candles.
For social rooms like the kitchen, living room and dining room, go for warm colors like red, yellow, orange. For private rooms -- your bedroom, bathroom and home office -- opt for cooler colors. And remember that dark colors contract, while light colors expand. So if you're hoping to make a room seem smaller or cozier, a darker shade is your best. Choose a lighter color in hallways and small spaces to make them seem larger.
Enjoying the summer time is what outdoor spaces were made for. To give your outdoor space an inviting feel no matter how big the space, invest in a pair of string lights to give the area a cozy feel. Add a colorful tablecloth and outdoor rug to really bring the area to life.
Maxwell sees people make three mistakes frequently. 1. Decorating too quickly, without taking the time to do it right, just to be finished. Take your time selecting pieces -- it’s ok to spend several months to “finish.” 2. Buying too much furniture. Not only does it add more clutter, but you can always add more furniture if you find it’s necessary. Getting rid of it isn’t as simple. 3. Thinking of decorating your home as a chore, not as an opportunity to create a space you're comfortable in and expresses who you are. You spend most of your time at home: make it work for you!
If everything in your room matches or it’s all brand new, there’s no personal expression in your home. Add your personality to your décor. Collect pieces that speak to you -- and don’t forget about older items at antique stores, yard sales or even family members.
Most people under light their rooms. Go brighter than you think you’ll need, and supplement overhead lighting with table and floor lamps. If you want to add even more control, consider installing dimmers. They require a small upfront investment, but they’ll pay off with daily use.
Don’t worry about having all the pieces in a room match colors. Maxwell suggests choosing a neutral wall color, and then bringing in vibrant accent pieces, like a colorful sofa or rug. Instead of trying to keep to the same shades, stay within one of the two color families, warm or cool. Warm colors include shades of red, yellow and orange, while green, blue and purple are cool colors. Stick to different shades within the same color family, and you’ll never clash.
It’s hard to keep your home looking great if you’re the only one invested. Instead of nagging kids to clean their rooms sporadically, set a routine. Choose a specific time and day -- Saturday mornings, for instance -- as “cleaning time,” and give everyone a job to do.
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