Easy Decorating Tips

Below are some no fail decorating tips that anyone can do. 

  • Mix gold and silver. I absolutely love mixing gold and silver and do it all the time.
  • Mix materials for texture. Texture in a room is so important, faux fur rugs or throws, woven baskets, fabrics, glass, wood, layer texture. It warms up a room.
Aside from my sleeping child, notice mixtures of textures in my daughter, Hunter’s bedroom. Faux fur, glass lamp, wood, cork, and mirror. This is what keeps the Tiffany Blue from feeling too formal. (Also, notice the continuous mixing of silver and gold items which I incorporate throughout the house.)
  • Put wallpaper in unexpected places such as ceilings, closets, bookcases, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other small areas.


The wallpaper in my son Boston’s room is commented upon by everyone who sees it. It really makes this room and I will never get tired of it.

  • Use mirrors but make sure they reflect something of interest such as a wallpapered wall or a chandelier.
I love the way the pendant and wallpaper reflects off this bathroom mirror.
  • Lean art against a wall for a more relaxed look.
  • If you are in question about something, take it out.
  • An antique, something black, and something unexpected belong in every room.
  • When thinking unexpected, put modern fabric on antique furniture. Priceless.
This was my Grandmother’s chair that we recovered in a beautiful damask fabric. The pillow got the boot.
  • Allow your space to change, as you do. Don’t be afraid to move things around or change things out.
  • If you are really serious about getting your house right, learn what decorators you like and study their rooms. It will teach you without realizing it!
  • Begin  your living room furniture layout with the best seat in the room and everything else will start to fall into place.
The layout for the rest of our family room revolved around the sofa, the best seat in the house. The mirror behind was also edited, as it took away from the outside view.
  • Size of your furniture – Pay attention to the size of your room. Large furniture goes in large rooms, medium furniture in medium rooms and so forth. Exceptions can work, but this should be the general rule.
  • If you’re on a budget, invest in the pieces that anchor a room. “It wouldn’t be a bedroom without a bed, it wouldn’t be a living room without a sofa, and it wouldn’t be a dining room without a dining table,” Thom Felicia advises.
  • Group like items together, such as antiques by color, material, or some commonality. And use trays to corral smaller items. This keeps collections from looking cluttered.


  • Collect two expensive pieces a year. This way you don’t break the bank and in 10 years, you have 20 nice pieces. It also gives your room a collection of different eras and styles. A pulled together room is a reflection of where you have come from and where you want to go.
  • The bigger the area rug, the better.
  • Use pink bulbs inside your lights and fixtures. It will really add a warm glow to your space.
  • For a statement wall hanging, Staples does oversized prints called “engineer prints.”
  • Frame a beautiful fabric or wallpaper for art.
  • When framing art, choose a mat with 8-ply thickness. The increased depth will increase the quality ten- fold.
  • Use mirrors, even mirrored walls. Nothing lights up a room or increases size better.
We added mirrors to the top half of this wall of bi-fold closet doors running the length of one wall of our master bedroom. Across from a big window, it made the room look twice as big.
  • Keep large pieces simple, including furniture and curtains. Nothing can date a room more quickly.
  • In a smaller room be daring, Do mirrored wall or a bold wallpaper. Take chances!
This was a small room that I believe was intended as a sewing room when the house was built in the 1930s. This bold scalamandre wallpaper makes me want to hangout in here all the time and I don’t sew.
  • Paint your front door a bold color.
  • If you have white walls, you better have art.
  • Always use dimmer switches.
  • Remember the rule of 3s.
  • 20th-century designer John Dickinson, who maintained that a room is finished when you can no longer take something away without it being missed.
  • No fail formula for decorating any type of table – The formula requires one horizontal thing, like a tray or a stack of books. Then, add in something vertical, like vases, a lamp, or candlesticks. Lastly an interesting object. (Vary sizes)


  • Go for symmetry, it is most pleasing to the eye and avoids the look of clutter. Such as a mirror or painting in the middle. Matching lamps and vases on each side and a filler in the middle.
Matching lamps, photos, and 2 smaller objects of visual weight balance create symmetry on this dining room buffet.
  • Remember to create balance. A vignette can have symmetry by creating weighted balance even when the items themselves are different.
The large vase is balanced with the bust and two smaller objects on the other side of the chest.
  •  The rule of thirds – commonly used in photography and art to describe the best place for the subject.  Draw imaginary lines on a picture vertically at 1/3 and 2/3, and horizontally at 1/3 and 2/3.  Compositions with the subject placed on those lines, especially at the intersection of those lines, are the most interesting.  The same rule can be applied when looking at a vignette in your home.  Instead of placing an arrangement in the center of the shelf, try placing it 1/3 of the way in from the edge.  It is more pleasing to the eye
  • Incorporate items from outside. Sticks, plants, flowers, feathers etc.
  • Decorate in Threes and Fives are key. Decorate with objects of 3s and 5s.


  • When decorating a mantel or table try putting your tallest piece farthest to the left. We read left to right so our eye seems to enjoy the tallest piece to the left.

Remember do what you like. You don’t want your house to look like your neighbors. What fun would that be?


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