Tips, tricks and goals for 2024
It’s hard to believe we are already into the 4th Quarter of 2023. Where has the year gone? How many times do we say that throughout the year and again here we are planning for another year.
For Home Decorators, getting ahead of the curve and trends is an important one. At Homestead Metal, we are constantly getting asked about the latest trends, fads and insights and 2024 is going to be a unique one with many people feeling the pinch with higher inflation, but decorating can be done whether on a budget or not.
Here are some of our top tips and insights as we head into the 2024 season for home decorators:
It’s important to Set a Clear Purpose: Before you start decorating, define the purpose of the room. Is it a living room for relaxation, a kitchen for cooking, a bedroom for sleeping, or a home office for work? Knowing the primary function of the space will guide your design choices.
Color, color and more color. Make sure to choose a Color Palette that fits your style: Select a color scheme that complements the room’s purpose and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Neutral colors create a calming atmosphere, while bold colors add energy and vibrancy.
Bigger is always better, at least we think so. Start with the Big Items: Begin with the larger furniture and elements such as sofas, beds, tables, and major appliances. These pieces will set the tone for the room and should be selected based on comfort, style, and size.
Balance is the key to success
Balance Proportions: Ensure that the scale of your furniture and decor items is appropriate for the room. Avoid overcrowding or leaving large spaces empty. Achieving balance is crucial for a harmonious look.
Focal points matter and your home is no exception to this rule. Create a Focal Point: Every room should have a focal point, such as a fireplace, an artwork, or a statement piece of furniture. Arrange other elements around this focal point to draw attention to it.
Textures and more textures. Mix and Match Textures to incorporate a variety to add depth and visual interest. Combine smooth, rough, soft, and hard textures to create a multi-dimensional feel in your space.
Layer Lighting: Use a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Lamps, chandeliers, and sconces can add both functionality and style.
Who doesn’t love to accessorize!
We sure do. Personalize with Accessories: Decorate with accessories like throw pillows, rugs, curtains, and artwork that reflect your personality and style. These items can easily be updated or changed to refresh the look of a room.
Furniture needs to be Thoughtfully organized: Arrange furniture to create a comfortable and functional flow. Ensure that seating areas encourage conversation, and leave enough space for people to move around freely.
No one likes clutter and your home should be no exception to this. Declutter and Organize: Keep your space neat and organized by regularly decluttering. Consider storage solutions such as shelves, cabinets, and baskets to maintain a clean and tidy environment.
Embrace Symmetry and Asymmetry: A balanced mix of symmetry and asymmetry can create visual interest. Symmetrical arrangements are more formal, while asymmetrical ones can feel more relaxed and eclectic.
Scale matters and we don’t mean the one you step on! Pay Attention to Scale: Consider the size and proportion of your decor items and how they fit within the room. Oversized or undersized items can disrupt the balance of the space.
Mirrors are more than just looking at yourself. Use Mirrors: Mirrors can make a room feel larger and brighter. Place them strategically to reflect light and views.
Traffic flow makes a big difference. Be Mindful of Traffic Flow: Ensure that there are clear pathways through the room, and that furniture placement doesn’t obstruct natural traffic patterns.
Testing and Testing and Testing!
Test Before You Commit: Before making major decor decisions, use samples, swatches, and mock-ups to visualize how different elements will look together in your space.
Take Your Time: Don’t rush the decorating process. Take your time to find pieces you love, and make decisions that suit your budget and lifestyle.
Be inspired, it just makes everything that much better. Seek Inspiration: Gather inspiration from interior design magazines, websites, and social media platforms to discover trends and styles that resonate with you.
Remember that decorating is a personal and creative process, so feel free to experiment, trust your instincts, and make your space a reflection of your unique personality and preferences.
The Homestead Metal Family