Home Decor Basics

We all want a home we can be proud of. Be it a tiny little spot on the earth or a grand, sprawling estate, home is always where the heart is, as they say. It is where we normally start and end each of our days, and it is often witness to many special moments that happen to us in our lives – birthday celebrations, family bonding moments, a home-made candlelit dinner on Valentine’s day, and many others. All of these are the reasons why it will always matter to us how our homes look.

Most of us wish we had the time or the resources to renovate this place from time to time, so it remains appealing, not only to us but to our guests as well. If you are actually planning to renovate your home, but are unsure how to even start, the following tips should be helpful:

Size

Sometimes, furniture can look fantastic on a virtual or physical showroom and turn out awkward in your home. And the most common culprit for this is inappropriate size. There are pieces of furniture meant for wide-extending rooms while there are those that are just perfect for small, cozy ones. In other words, size is be a consideration that works so much more than having you make sure the furniture fits through your door. A small living room, for example, could look downright ridiculous with a grand Italian living room set. In fact, the problem can be more than aesthetics. When you have a small room with oversized furniture, you’ll have a problem moving around in your own home – not a very comfortable idea.

Color

Whether we like it or not, the colors we choose for our walls and furniture will affect the total appeal of our home. It doesn’t matter what specific room we’re talking about. Fact is, a good color combination almost always does the the trick while a bad one can actually ruin the whole point of renovation or redecoration, no matter how expensive each piece of furniture is. If you’re one of those people who just can’t pick the right color combinations unless they see them on an actual interior design, don’t panic. With the countless resources for home design these days, this is rarely a problem. Check out an interior design magazine online or offline and pick out a design with a color combination you like. Then, you can mimic that same effect by choosing the same colors for your own home.

Texture

If colors set the general feel around your home, texture deepens that feel so you tend to be involved more deeply into your design. Texture adds character to a room and allows one to actually feel the “rhythm” of the design and not just appreciate it through one’s eyes. Texture can be created in many ways and, again, it is best to check out home interior design magazines, whether online or offline, for some great ideas on how to add nice texture to your home.

Theme

If you are fascinated by the thought of having your interior design follow a theme, then go ahead and follow one. But make sure you do it through and through. For example, if you’ve decided to have a Victorian theme in your living room, do not incorporate any of those modern, minimalist-inspired furniture into your design because this can create a contrast that may be very hard to manage, unless you are an expert designer. If you must go Victorian, make sure the whole room is pulled together by your chosen theme and doesn’t come apart with out-of-place pieces.

Entry Tables Set the Tone For Home Decor

We open our homes and invite the world in through our front doors. It often provides the first impression that we give to newcomers, and it welcomes our returning friends and neighbors. But despite its important role giving the initial impression in our homes, the entry to our home is a space that usually gets walked through, but not really lived in. Or does it? Furnish this space properly, and it becomes a reliable support to the entire family.

The hardest working furniture in the foyer are the entry tables. No, they’re not quite as important as the kitchen table, and they don’t get the workout that the coffee table in the family room does. But these tables are the reliable places that help us keep the details of our lives in order. It’s where we drop our keys when we walk in the front door–we don’t need to think about where to look for the keys when we are rushing out in the morning. We leave the stamped bills and birthday cards to drop in the mailbox right inside the front door, at these trusty tables.

Our foyers probably often hold multiple entry tables-maybe one is a console that anchors a mirror (good for last glimpse before you head out to face the world). Maybe another one that acts as storage-it’s got a drawer for the dry cleaning claim check, or room underneath where you can store the diaper bag when you return home or keep the dog’s leash between quick jaunts around the block. But the surfaces of these tables often hold the things that document the work and accomplishments in our lives-this year’s school photos, an award-winning drawing from the neighborhood art fair, or that trophy you won when you finished a 5K walk.

Entry tables come in all varieties. Perhaps you selected one that coordinates with your elegant dining room, one that holds a treasure carried back from a European adventure or a prized wedding gift. Don’t overlook tables that can handle overflow storage from the dining room-stemware and wine bottles, or the box holding your grandmother’s silverware. When you entertain, you can use one of your entry tables to set up a wine bar to greet your guests as they walk in the door. If you have limited space for a home office, you can forego the usual choices for entry tables and use a furniture-grade horizontal file cabinet. It looks like a bureau, but it works like storage.

If you don’t have much floor space for actual furniture, you can install a shelf on the wall opposite the front door, or place a top on a pony wall in lieu of the traditional choices for entry tables. Some entry tables are designed particularly for small spaces, with just a shallow table top and a pair of front legs; you attach it to the wall like a shelf but the legs make it look like furniture.

Since entry tables stand alone in a foyer, and are not necessarily tied to a suite of furniture such as the ones you would see in a dining room or a family room, you can experiment with furniture in different styles or materials in this space. If you have a home filled with contemporary furnishings, you can easily place a family antique in the foyer. Similarly, if you have a country home filled with warm pine and painted furniture, entry tables made of wrought iron and glass might be an easy way to add variety to your furnishings.