Every home designer has his/her own secrets. It’s what makes some homes stand out from the crowd with its beauty and originality. Luckily, we know that their little black notebook definitely has these points covered:

Layer Lighting

Going with the simplicity of lightning and putting just an overhead pendant isn’t the right choice. Proper lighting elevates the mood of a room, so the light should be coming from multiple sources and places. Corners are a good place to put a floor lamp and small coffee tables are an excellent spot for a cute table lamp. Sconces will add a romantic touch to the whole atmosphere. Still, take a look at three basic types of lighting and choose the ones you need for each room:

Ambient: it’s the overhead lighting that illuminates the room whole equally.

Task: as it can be concluded from its name, its lighting with a specific task in a room – for example, lamp in the living room that gives light to the reading area or under-cabinet lights in the kitchen that illuminates the countertops.

Accent: the purpose of these lights is to accent a particular object in a room, such as painting or a sculpture.

Rule of Odd Numbers

First, let’s just point out that this is just a basic rule that doesn’t have to work with everything in a room. This rule represents grouping objects in odd numbers, but that’s not all there is. The objects should vary in shapes, sizes, and textures, but there should be a common feature that connects them, for example, a color or decoration on three jars that all have different purposes – one for a candle, the other for a plant and the third one for decorative marbles. Still, if you feel like it’s too uniform or boring, go with your instinct and mix different styles or objects.


Rule of odd numbers

Room’s Focal Point


The focal point of a room is its most emphasized feature and the thing that our eyes are naturally drawn to when we enter the room. The first thing to do is to determine the focal point of each room. When you do that, decorate around it with some vases or sofas, in case it’s a fireplace or use its main color for other parts of the room. If it’s a window with a view, use the furniture around it to frame it.

In case the room doesn’t have a focal point, you can paint one wall a different color than the rest of the room and decorate the wall with shelves, books or artwork. The simpler thing is to choose a nice piece of furniture for the local point and then decorate around it.

Room's focal point

Measure the Space

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re renovating a room or buying new furniture. People can deceive themselves when they find super cheap short term storage where they can keep various houseware, but once they starting taking it out, they realize just how crowded the room gets and how many pieces of furniture are too big or too small for the room. Regarding the size and measurement, here are a few things to keep in mind:

– coffee table distance from sofas should be at least 15″.

– the center of the hanging art should be at eye level, usually 56″ to 60″ from the floor.

– when hanging curtains, be sure to have 1-3″ of overlap on either side of the window.

– regarding the rug, it should be big enough so you can put all the furniture legs on it.

Measure the space

Negative Space

The negative space is the one not used for anything or by any subject. Most often, it’s the empty area on the walls. You may want to fill every part of the wall with something, but try to resist the temptation – sometimes the negative space does the trick you want to achieve. If you want to use the negative space, you should avoid creating clutter in the room. It serves the purpose if it’s next to a highly decorated area (because it emphasizes the area) or it creates a unique design. Pay attention to the shapes – for example, if the sofa has a harsh and angular shape, a rounded coffee table in front of it can soften the impression.

The negative space

By Victoria Lim 

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