The 10 Best Decorating Tips From A Designer

Who wouldn’t want a couple pointers here and there on decorating from a designer? We would love to share some with you, so we have round up what we think are the 10 best decorating tips! Let us start by saying everyone should decorate to mirror their personality; therefore, these decorating tips might apply to multiple homeowners differently. Everyone can definitely play up each idea however they would like, though!

Don’t Follow Trends



A certain idea is a trend because it will come in and out of style, and sometimes, it’s a trend for only a second. It will be out of style before you even have time to use it in your decor. We suggest not going with the flow and following trends, but instead, sticking to classics that are simply timeless.

Always Keep It Changing



You don’t have to go above and beyond and completely re-do rooms all the time, but switch out some pillows or a throw, maybe even hang some different wall art. This way you never feel as though your decor is boring, and you actually will prevent yourself from getting that urge to completely re-do the room.

Hang ‘Em High



We’re sure you hear all the time to hang your window treatments high, but it’s actually really important and can make a huge difference to the overall look of a room. It makes the window appear taller, but make sure your take into account those extra inches when looking for the length of the curtain. You want them to go all the way down, either just barely touching the floor or puddling on the floor.

Have Some Investment Pieces



Invest where it matters most to you personally. These are the items that will last you the longest, so make sure you absolutely love them.

Don’t Settle



Look around and keep shopping until you find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s out there; you just have to search a little bit. Whether that means a pink velvet couch or a teal shag rug, trust us. It’s out there.

The Rule of Threes



It’s always a good idea to group decor items together in threes. This could mean you use three candles of different heights or three vases with size variety. Either way, keeping things grouped in threes brings about a balance that wouldn’t be there otherwise, and having balance in your decor invites positive energy into the home.

Hang Some Mirrors



Mirrors are very important to include when decorating, because they make a space look larger. They’re also great to use in a room with a bit of natural light, because they will reflect the natural light and spread it throughout the room.

Mix & Match



We mentioned in the beginning to decorate mirroring your personality. We think you should get fun and creative. Mix things up a bit. Your furniture doesn’t always have to match. You don’t always have to have all the same chairs at a dining room table. Play with some colors. Just don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit.

Bring In the Plants



Including greenery when decorating actually brings great feng shui. It welcomes positive vibes expressing growth and success. Plants purify the air around you and provide more oxygen. So not only are they great for your health, but they also really help pull a room together.

Use Rugs



Rugs can really just complete a room or space. They expand the room making it appear larger, and they give you order to where everything should be placed. Rugs can also be used as the accent piece to a room without being over the top considering large furniture is on top of it.

We hope you have enjoyed our list of the best decorating tips and can incorporate them into your home decor with your personal style twist.


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Bookcase Styling Tips From A Designer

We all want to know how bloggers, artists, and designers get their home decor so stylish and on point without going over the top. Well, we have the secrets for you and are willing to share! It all starts with a bookcase. If you can style a bookcase, you can style anything! There is one basic guideline we follow. Keep it simple. What we mean by that is, add whatever you would like, just don’t overthink it.



Now, the items you should be using will include your favorite books, accent pieces, additive boxes, plants, objects of interest, and picture frames. We’re going to be using these items to create an appealing bookcase for your home. Just make sure you’re using items you love and will supply inspiration and good vibes.




First, start with choosing your favorite books and grouping the together keeping their size in mind. Put together the books that look best side by side keeping in mind there genres. Make sure the stacks range from 3 to 6 books depending on their thickness. Place them in rows and columns spaced out throughout the bookcase. Use your artistic eye to feel out how many stacks you need since it will vary depending on how many shelves there are and how wide and tall the bookcase is.

Accent Pieces



Accent pieces come in all shapes and sizes! We love them all, but keep in mind; you have objects of interest coming too. Use tall pieces if there is space. This is the best way to add height to your display. Try out vases, candleholders, long-stemmed glasses, or even a lamp (if it fits).

Additive Boxes



Use decorative boxes here and there to make it look less busy. They can add so much style too. If you’re going for a rustic look, place some wooden panel boxes or woven baskets. If you’re looking for something a little more chic, use a glass box or white office boxes. They’re great for storage as well!




Some greenery is always nice no matter where you put it! Plants tend to have a calming, relaxing, and tranquil effect. If you don’t quite have that green thumb, check out our Best Indoor Plants for Your Home post. It provides knowledge of the best plants for the anti-gardeners out there. These plants include succulents, cacti, aloe vera, Fiji palms, and a couple more. Put them in a cute and stylish pot; they’re good to be placed on the shelf! Use as many plants as you want, but try to use that artistic eye to know when enough is enough. We suggest using only one plant that makes an impact just to be safe not to overdue it.

Objects of Interest



These will be the items that…interest you! You want to decorate with items that will keep you inspired, encouraged, and excited for each day. This also includes objects that have a lot of meaning and sentimental value to you. Use these important pieces throughout the shelves as bookends, paperweights, or just little décor to fill a small space. Again, don’t over-do it with these though. You don’t want it to look cluttered!

Picture Frames



Last but not least, the family aspect comes in. Pick up some cute frames from Target and HomeGoods. Print out your favorite pictures with friends, family, or just creative pieces of artwork. Place sporadically down the bookcase.



We have a couple key rules we go by when decorating a bookcase. Use the items you love. Books are essential for a bookcase, and should be arranged in both rows AND columns. Use a variety of items and objects that range in both height and width on each shelf to create balance. Distribute color and weight evenly. Our last rule: group items in odd numbers, preferably threes.

Hopefully, this has helped! Feel free to comment and send us pictures of your new and improved bookcase.


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