Image Credit: Alpine from Molmic Furniture, Made in Melbourne


Many of us at some stage of our lives will move into a new home or decide to downsize. How to decorate can be very daunting and overwhelming. Whether you are just starting out or even starting over these simple steps can help in your quest to get a style that suits your home and you.

  • Deciding what you “like.” Sounds simple, but with so many choices and beautiful images on social media and in magazines, finding one image to reflect everything you want to do is near impossible. Learn how to "Pinterest" and save all the pictures of things you love. When you have your collection, look at them all and see simple threads that tie them together. Colours, style patterns or a certain look that stands out. Take inspiration from a favourite artwork or rug as a starting point. If colour isn’t your thing, mixing your neutrals using texture is a must to create an interesting and welcoming décor.

  • Be realistic about the house or the room you want to decorate. Choose furniture to suit the home, making sure your purchase reflects your style and meets your needs. I suggest making the sofa, dining table, chairs and your bed your priority purchases. Buy the best your budget will allow.

  • Remember, the scale of the furniture in each area is also imperative. Drawing up a plan to scale will help when choosing a sofa, dining table and any other larger items. Measure everything making sure it is right for the space and can fit through the door. A professional will stop you from making expensive mistakes, so it is well worth engaging them to help you put it all together.

When you have chosen your sofa and dining table, you can look at an entertainment unit, coffee table and side tables and any other furniture items. Don’t be tempted to match everything. Choose complimentary pieces that help to bring your style together. Anchor these pieces with rugs while tying it all together with artwork, cushions and throws. Don’t overdo accessories – and remember - less is always best.

  • Think about the size of rugs and artwork. Rugs need to be placed under a sofa and art items need to be thoroughly thought over before running out to make purchases. Placement of art needs to be a focal point that is anchored by either cushions or accessories across the room.

  • You don’t need to decorate every surface in your home, you also need to have negative spaces to enhance collections of interesting pieces you have strategically placed together.

Using neutral tones for your big buy items such as the sofa, dining table and chairs, curtains and blinds will allow you to add colour using paint, art, wallpaper and accessories and to change it over and over again as your tastes change or if you simply want to freshen up the room.

Buying quality classic styles for your sofa, dining table and chairs will also ensure that you have them for many years to come.

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