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Interior Decoration 101

Magazine-Worthy Decor and Styling

Photo by John Mark Arnold on Unsplash

If you want to make your space look like a magazine, these tips will take you in the right direction.

Rearrange the furniture.

This is an excellent place to start when you don't know what is needed for the room to look "finished." Take a look at the space you have and what you want the flow of the room to be like, and then re-piece the room. This will also allow you to see where there are gaps for plants, lamps, picture frames, and so on. 

Open up your space.

Use mirrors to make your room seem larger. This is especially useful if you de-clutter your space by getting rid of junk and things that have no use. You can also add height by using tall lamps, plants, long artwork, and light.

Get a theme going with colors, textures, and fabrics.

Coral, navy, and grey is a very compatible and trendy combination of colors, and lends itself well to a variety of textures. Go white on white for a more minimalist vibe, white on grey for an industrial feel, or grey shades and pastels for more soft look. To create texture, use pillows, throws, framed artwork, rugs and carpets, and wall hangings (macrame, tapestries, or banners). 

Limit the number of statement pieces.

You don't want to have too much going on. If you want something to stand out, don't crowd it with other things. For example, if you hang a tapestry, don't put a giant gallery of photos right next to it. Make the decorative focus clear and all other elements cohesive with that focus.

Bring some plants into the room.

This is an excellent way to brighten and liven up a room. Plants also have a great impact on your mood and you can get them fairly cheap. 

Lighting

Lighting can really set the mood for a room. If you want a cozy feeling in the room, use lots of lamps, candles, and fairy lights (you can get inexpensive strands of lights at Walmart). Try to maximize any natural light that you have coming through windows. You can put up some lightweight or gauzy curtains to keep the natural light but prevent people from looking in. Blinds are a good way to be able to control the window light, but they can be expensive, especially if you don't install them yourself.

Organize.

There are tons of methods to make a room look functional, comfortable, and stylish. Visible organization is really becoming a part of modern interior design these days. Bookcases, shelves, baskets, bowls, and furniture with drawers in it are great places to start. Even just taking the junk you have lying on your kitchen table and putting it into a pretty wood box with a vase of flowers next to it can instantly class up your room. Floating shelves are incredibly popular and easy to make yourself if you don't have the money. There's lots of tutorials out there on YouTube if you don't know how to get crafty.

Show off your interests.

This is not only a personalized touch, but a great conversation starter. If you are an artist and you love to paint, display pieces you've created, or dedicate the top of your dresser to your sports memorabilia if that's something you like.

In terms of upkeep, make sure your room is reasonably neat and don't forget to water your plants. It certainly doesn't hurt to invest a little money into the process of transforming your space, but you can always make do with what you've got and still get great results. Again, YouTube is home to great tutorials and DIY channels to help you get your desired look.

Good luck!