Interior Decorating for Dummies


It doesn’t matter how much you spend on furniture, accent pieces, and textiles if you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to interior decorating. You can have all of the best products but if you don’t know how to arrange them in a space, you’re not going to achieve the desired effect. You could hire an interior decorator but that can be pricey and outside the average homeowner’s budget. If you’re an inexperienced interior decorator, here are five fast tips to help you out.

Let the seating communicate

Your furniture should be placed in such a way that it fosters communication between people in the room. Try to arrange your main furniture pieces (sofas, loveseats, and armchairs) so that they each have a conversation partner. If the arrangement makes it hard for guests to communicate with each other and have eye contact, the furniture will need to be moved around.

Float your furniture

Typically, when you’re arranging furniture in a room, you’re thinking about getting the most out of that space. But it isn’t a good idea to place all of your furniture flush with the walls. Contrary to what you’d think, “floating” your furniture (or placing it so there is space between objects and walls) will actually make the space appear larger and it will also help out with tip number one.

Find a focal point

Every room in your home should have some kind of focal point that attracts the attention of everyone who enters it. To determine the focal point, think about the purpose of the room and what most people will be doing in it. If it’s an entertainment room, a big screen TV may be the focal point and the furniture and décor should be placed to subtly hint at what the focal point is. In a dining room the table will probably be the focal point. In a kitchen it may be an island. Windows, fireplaces, and coffee tables can also make great focal points. Don’t assume it has to be the TV.

Clear away clutter

If you’re having trouble with the previous tip (choosing a focal point and arranging around it) it may be that the space is too cluttered so that no one piece is attracting attention. If that’s the case, think less is more and decide on which things can be moved to another room or gotten rid of altogether. If something looks out of place in that room, that’s a sign that it doesn’t fit with your theme.

Take a photo

If you’re still having trouble, take a photo of the room you’re trying to arrange and look at it. Though it may seem strange, looking at a photo of the room you’re struggling to arrange can help you view it as an outsider would and not as the homeowner. It can give you a fresh perspective and help you determine just what that room needs.

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