These easy home decorating tips will have you channelling your inner interior designer in no time.

Mirrors Make Rooms Look Bigger 

As mirrors reflect light around the room, they make any space look instantly larger. Bonus if you can hang one across from a window.

Use Something You Love For Inspiration

If you have a painting or other form of artwork you love, select a prominent colour from that piece and use it as an accent colour to anchor your space.

Hang Artwork at Eye Level 

Speaking of artwork, pictures and other framed pieces should hang at eye level (approximately 57″ off the ground).

Slow and Steady Wins the Race 

Fight the urge to run out and purchase everything in one swoop. Take the time to find out exactly what you want, slowly filling the space with items you love.

Area Rugs Can Divide Your Living Space  

For open floor plans especially, area rugs provide an effective way to create different zones.

Home Décor 101: Essential Tips Every Homeowner Should Know Kitchen Image

Less Is More 

If it feels like too much, it probably is. When it comes to trinkets and other décor odds and ends, keep it simple.

Focus on Big Items First 

Larger pieces such as beds, sofas and dining room tables set the tone for the rest of the room. Choose these items carefully then work your way out, adding smaller complimentary articles as you go.

Minimize Your Need to Match 

Too many matching items can make a room look generic and bland. While a few complimenting accessories will add cohesiveness, a little juxtaposition goes a long way.

Utilize Clutter Catch-Alls 

Keep your spaces organized (and attractive) by incorporating clutter catch-alls such as decorative baskets, totes or other stylish storage solutions.

Ponder Your Paint Colours

As paint colours tend to change hues under different lighting conditions, consider painting a test patch before committing to an entire wall.

Home Décor 101: Essential Tips Every Homeowner Should Know Drapes Image

Drapes Make a Room Taller

By hanging drapes or curtains above the window, you trick the eye into thinking the ceiling is higher than it really is.

The Rule of Three 

Items arranged in odd numbers automatically add more visual appeal. Try arranging knick-knacks in groups of three (or five, seven, etc.) while being sure to incorporate items of varying heights.

Matte Paint Brightens a Room 

Thanks to its subdued finish, matte paint is known to disperse light. White and neutral paint colours are especially useful for creating a bright and airy feel.

Produce Makes For a Great Décor Piece 

Looking for the perfect centrepiece for your kitchen island or dining room table? A colourful arrangement of fruit or vegetables may be just the thing.

See: 7 Ways to Decorate With Fresh Produce 

Outdoor Fabrics For the Win 

Not only can outdoor fabrics (i.e. polyester) add texture to a room, but they’re also resistant to water, stains, fading, and other daily wear and tear – ideal for homes with pets and children.

Pendant Lighting Requires Three Feet 

Rule of thumb: Pendant lights should hang 30 to 36” above a given surface (i.e. kitchen table or counter).

Plants Liven Up a Room (Literally) 

Plants don’t just improve air quality; they also add a welcome pop of colour to any space and make for a perfect empty-corner décor solution.

Layer Your Lighting 

Experts recommend adding three layers of lighting to every room: ambient, task and accent.

Subscribe to our newsletter and have the latest expert tips, tricks and advice delivered directly to your inbox! And, for more information on buying a homeselling a home and everything in between, be sure to check out our blog.

Newsletter Subscription CTA

Posted by Terry Paranych on


Email Send a link to post via Email

Leave A Comment

Please note that your email address is kept private upon posting.