3 Ways to Instantly Tie Any Room Together
Does your house sort of look like you had multiple personalities when you were designing the decor? It's OK to have eclectic tastes, but when it comes to interior design, thoughtful strategy can transform a room from an all-over-the-place mess into a space that looks let it came from favorite home design show.
Here are three things you can do to tie any room together without having to sacrifice your favorite trinket or zebra-striped throw pillow.
1. Choose a Color Scheme
Trust us: just because you love the colors hot pink and forest green does not mean they should show up prominently together in a single room. Color is one of the most potent design factors affecting how people will feel about your space. Research by the Institute for Color Research found within 90 seconds of viewing an environment, up to 90 percent of someone's assessment of it is based on color alone.
Not all colors work instinctively well together. Here's a little primer on a color palette:
- First, consider the primary colors: Red, yellow and blue.
- Mixtures of those make up secondary colors: Orange, green and purple.
- Primary and secondary colors blend to create tertiary colors: Red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple.
To create the best color harmony, first pick one thematic color — a primary or secondary color is a good starting-off point. Use variations of that color throughout the room. For example, if you choose blue, then purple, blue-green, and blue-purple would work, as well as various shades of blue.
You can also choose complementary colors to make the room really pop. These combinations are:
- Red and green.
- Blue and orange.
- Yellow and purple.
Red-green can get Christmas-y really fast, but something like a blue room theme with an orange rug can look more designer-y.
You may be surprised that certain hues evoke certain emotions, too. For example, while red is an attention-grabbing color, too much of it can also incite feelings of anger or negativity. Want to make your room more Zen? Green is associated with nature.
2. Use Strategic Lighting
Lights don't just illuminate a room. They can be focal points that attract eyes or seamless tools that make a room look more open and spacious.
Let's start with lamps. Lamps are ideal for highlighting certain areas or objects. They also double as design elements, but they can get out of hand quite quickly if you add too many to a room or use ones that don't complement each other.
To get a handle on your lamps, unify all the ones in a room with a single theme, such as color, material, or shape. This allows you to diversify your lamp selection but still look cohesive.
Then there are mirrors. Mirrors don't emanate light, but they reflect it, which can also brighten up a space. Mirrors create the illusion that a room is bigger than it is. They can even serve as placeholders for spots where you wish there was a window.
When using multiple mirrors in a room, follow the same rule as lamps — unify them with a common element. For example, you might want to make all the mirror frames similar, but you can vary the shapes of the mirrors.
Finally, try to integrate as many options for natural light in a room as possible. There are plenty of studies expounding the benefits of natural light, like how it leads to higher productivity, better sleep, and an improved mood. Natural light will reflect off mirrors to open up a space, and you can always use shutters or colorful window coverings when you don't want illumination.
3. Integrate Home Decor Accessories
Home accessories can change the entire vibe of your home and help you reflect your personal style. You just don't want them to scream, “I didn't know what I was doing when I put together this room!” That would be bad.
Use these tips:
- Add a floor rug. Area rugs aren't just pretty to look at — they can help reduce noise and trap allergens. Get a rug that complements the other colors in the room and adds instant uniformity to the space.
- Throw some pillows around. Throw pillows connect furnishings throughout a room by adding dabs of thematic color and texture. You definitely don't need to use one-style-fits-all pillows. As long as you unite them with a similar pattern or color, you're good to go.
- Hang art. Wall art offers instant color and texture that unites a room. Make sure it's something you love, since wall art is something visitors will identify with your personal style.
Home accessories help create a whole mood to your home, like home lighting without the lighting. If you need help visualizing your end look, the Jerome's team is here to be your magical design fairy.
Channel Your Inner Designer With Our Help
Color, lighting, and accessories are three major design elements that can have a big impact on your space. If you feel stuck — and let's face it, we've all been there — we've got you covered. Jerome's has in-home designers who can come to your home and make it go from “what were you thinking?!” to “wow, wow, wow.” Get more home design inspiration here or contact us to schedule a design appointment.