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My Top 10 Decorating Tips


We all have our favorite go-to decorating principles. Here are some of our favorites:

1). Use as much color as you want.  Be brave; it’s not permanent and it’s inexpensive to change!
2). Layer fabrics and textures to create sophistication and warmth.
Layered Bedding

Photo via Heatherly Design.

3). Don’t forget there are five walls.

4). Think of accessories as the perfect pair of shoes to go with your favorite outfit.

Bookcase accessories

Photo from Lonny Mag via Haus and Home.

5). Bigger IS better when it comes to accessories.
6). Your first instinct is usually right.
7). The best designs come from taking a risk.

8). Mix old and new.

Modern Vintage

Photo via Emily Chalmers.

9). Don’t be afraid to combine styles.

Eclectic Dining Room

Photo via Houzz.

10) Be unique, but skip the “themes” unless you are working for the Rainforest Cafe!

eclectic bedroom

Photo via Houzz via Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick.

What are your top decorating tips that you are willing to share?

Author: Ella Design Group

Ella Design Group is a boutique interior design firm helping clients express their own unique story, one design at a time.

12 thoughts on “My Top 10 Decorating Tips

  1. Iris you covered it all! But if I were to list one it would be to add to your accessorizing rule…Group similar or like objects together, whether it be color, style or subject it will make a bigger statement as a group than it would in tiny doses around the room.

  2. Totally agree. Sometimes I think a large piece of artwork looks best on its own, but when it comes to knickknacks or collections grouping them does make a bigger statement. You’re very right!

  3. Reblogged this on montsemoze and commented:
    You can tell what she’s talking about. The one that I agreed the most is the “don’t be afraid” tip. Jus like children, they are so unique because they are not afraid to be wrong. Cheers.

  4. Wonderful tips! I’ve been a little overwhelmed with decorating our house – and #9 and #10 definitely speak to me. At first, I thought I had to have a very distinct style and color palette (which seems so overwhelming), but then I realized I really love a mix of things and not having to commit to one specific “look”.

  5. Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Tips 1 and 9 are my favorite! Color is such a great way to change a room from season to season and mood to mood! Thanks for sharing all the great tips!

    • Thanks for reading! I completely agree. It’s such an easy, affordable way to shake things up but I’ve noticed that some people are afraid of color. Even some colorful throw pillows can change the feel of a space.

  7. Love all your tips and the pics you chose. I particularly like No. 6. and mixing old with new… I like an eclectic style, but I have toned down on the colors lately… so my top tip would be, work within color schemes you like… even if you add a pop of color, you need to like that color to begin with… not just because it’s “in” this year (like Neon cushions… you need to really be convinced)… my other tip would be: look at the overall picture, you can make an item you’re not too fond of work when in contrast with its surroundings, you put it next to something else and suddenly you see a different thing, and you might really like it, so don’t toss things away, just refashion them 🙂

    • Thank you so much for commenting. I agree that you have to be comfortable with your color scheme. I’m also a huge fan of repurposing items. Something that doesn’t look great in one room could be an important piece in another. Great additions to the tips!

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