September 30, 2014

The ABCs of Decorating | B

The basics are going to be different for every person. For me, it's pretty simple. I guess that's why they are called basic. When you find yourself wanting to change up your home decor or just add any at all, this is where I would start hands down. You don't have to spend a lot of money at all when it comes to the basics. In fact, several of my basic items were purchased at big box discount stores. So, let's get to it, shall we?

1. Window Treatments | These are a must when it comes to home decor. I feel like a room without some sort of dressing on the window just feels naked. Notice I did not specifically say "curtains." Every home is different, every room has it's own vibe. Follow that feeling and add a covering to your window that accentuates the overall ambiance of a room. Of course there are many window coverings to choose from, but that is another post entirely.

2. Mood Lighting | This is so, SO important. If you were to come to my home right this instant, you'd see I have THREE (3!!!) lamps in our family room alone. We have at least one lamp in every room of our home, even in a bathroom. There are a few times when overhead lighting is important; when you are sewing, cooking, or performing surgery, perhaps. Other than those times when bright, clear light is needed, lamps provide plenty of necessary lighting. You can use several to provide a variety of options for a specific room. Lamps are an accessory in themselves, but when turned on, they provide a whole new level of warmth and coziness. Trust me on this one and try it. You will truly be amazed at the difference lamps make.

3. Rugs | This last basic is going to vary widely depending on the type of flooring you have. Of course if you have wood or tile floors, you will want a large area rug to provide comfort above all else. Rugs anchor a space. They visually hold all of your room together by giving your eye somewhere to settle. They are also wonderful in unexpected places, such as under the table in your kitchen. Not only does it provide a softness to an otherwise sterile place, it is excellent for sound absorption.

So, there are my basics when it comes to home decor. You can find most of these things fairly inexpensively and very easily. What are the basics of your home decor?