4 Important Decorating Tips You Should Know

Highlights of the Blog Post

Start with a Focal Point

Repetition for Rhythm

Create Harmony to Tie it All Together

Find the Right Proportion and Scale


Up-Dated on 01-Oct-2023

When you start with an empty room, it can be intimidating to create an interior design that you will enjoy for years to come. If you follow some basic interior design principles, you can transform your home into a pleasing space where you can be comfortable and happy. Start with a focal point, create rhythm, and pay attention to proportion and scale for the best result.

1. Start with a Focal Point

Arrange furniture around a focal point in the room, such as a large bay window, to create a sense of balance and equilibrium. If your room does not have a natural focal point, create one with an oversized piece of art or an accent piece like a free-standing fireplace. Symmetrical balance splits the decor of the room evenly so that both sides mirror one another.

For example, two identical accent tables flanking a sofa create symmetrical balance. You can also use different pieces of equal visual impact, like two chairs to balance a sofa.

2. Repetition for Rhythm

Rhythm creates excitement and helps lead the eye to different visual elements throughout the room. Just as the notes of your favorite song repeat to create the rhythm, repetition in your dcor can create a pattern of rhythm in your home.

To add rhythm for visual interest, place similar patterns or colors at various intervals throughout the space. You can establish a rhythm by repeating a particular color or pattern in the rug, artwork, and/or throw pillows.

3. Find the Right Proportion and Scale

505526 Coaster Furniture Living Room Living Room Chair

Coaster Furniture Mid century modern chair

417503-100 Universal Furniture Berkeley Living Room Living Room Chair
Universal Furniture Berkeley chair

You might love an overstuffed, comfortable chair in your living room, but a large piece of furniture may seem out of place if the room is too small. Pay attention to proportion, which is the ratio between the piece of furniture and the size of the room. You should also look at the scale, which is how the size of the chair will relate to other pieces of furniture nearby. A super large chair can overpower a smaller sofa and loveseat and make the room seem out of balance.

4. Create Harmony to Tie it All Together

Cassell Park Bedroom

Vaughn Basset Cassell Park Bedroom


Create harmony by making sure that all the elements in the room are sending a unified message. While rhythm adds excitement, you can pull everything together for a pleasing, harmonious look with a subdued color palette. You can also use a single color for elements that vary in size and shape. The right rug and coffee table can unify a seating area, especially in a great room or a large living room.

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