I tend to decorate a home in layers. It's a little bit like getting dressed for a chilly day! The foundation layer are your core basic needs, which would be furniture. The next layer is rugs, window coverings and maybe some throw pillows. After that are books, collections and art. Then there is the icing on the cake, those finishing touches that make your house feel like home.
That final layer can take years. I'll admit, that in some areas of my home I didn't realize that the final layer was missing. My coffee table was empty, my dining table didn't have anything on it and the kitchen was missing any styling.
I used to resist putting things on surfaces because I didn't want my home to feel too cluttered, but it felt kind of cold. I also learned that it is a good idea to put something on your dining room table from a Feng Shiu stand point. The energy blows past the dining table, but when you have something on it, then the energy has a place to swirl around. I added a beautiful linen table cloth and some hand made wood candle holders. I really wanted to add some natural elements to the dining table.
My coffee table got a couple of books that mean a lot to me. A Danish mid-century modern vase, some hand made ceramics and plants. When in doubt add plants!
Over the years I've collected bits and bobs and they are what I use to style my home. I don't often buy something for a specific spot, because I already have things on hand. Shop your home and see what you already have on hand. I also, move things around a lot and play with styling.
Here are a couple of styling tips:
- Varying height-Make sure you have items of different heights when you are styling a grouping.
- The rule of odds-When you are styling, put one, three or five things together. Feel free to play with this, but when you start out it just works when you put three things together. They look good.
- Use books-Books are great for adding height and interesting things for people to look at. Coffee table books can get pricey, but I've found some great ones at second hand bookstores or estate sales.
- Something funky-One thing should be a little bit odd, different or interesting.
- Play-Try something and if it doesn't work, then change it up. Move stuff around until it feels right.
I feel like my home is almost there. I do have a couple of spots that I'm still playing around with. I'll stop moving things around some day!