The first rule of interior design: there are no fixed rules in interior design. Every environment should be comfortable and full of objects and furniture that you truly love. Of course, it is not as easy as it may seem and often those who furnish an entire apartment can risk having a lot of confusion and indecision, which are also the cause of stress.

Creating welcoming environments in harmony with specific tastes and desires is not always simple and fun. But with some professional suggestions, you will be able to create beautiful, functional and rich spaces of character.

So, before heading off to find the right furniture, read our five best tips for decorating your home.

1. Don’t focus on one style

Often, in search of new trends, we talk about specific styles: Scandinavian, country chic, industrial, contemporary… But to have welcoming and fascinating environments it is better not to follow a single line of furniture: combining languages, mixing styles elements different, makes each environment more interesting.

One thing we notice as interior design professionals is that many people want a particular style for a room, but they tend to exaggerate. It’s nice to follow your taste, but if you fill the living room only with shabby chic white furniture, sofas and white retro cushions, without taking into account some important elements for interior design, the whole will start to look monotonous and not very personal.

The choice of a theme (colors, materials, and mood) can help you more than lean towards a specific style. So, you are certainly starting from your favorite decor style, if that’s what you want, but try to add a personal touch with elements from other stylistic expressions. We can assure you that the most appreciated and welcoming interiors are those that do not follow a unique furniture trend. The mix of styles it’s the new trend!

2. Choose a focal point and give the right space to the furniture

Few people will feel comfortable in a room full of furniture and objects. If there are too many things to look at, the eye will not know where to rest, creating confusion. This is why we advise you to give the right space to furnish your home, to make it stand out. Such as? Making choices.

You will have to choose the focal point of the room depending on the type of space you are in. So you decide from the outset what the focal point of the environment will be, so you’ll be organizing most of the furniture around this.

For example, in a living room, the focal point could be the fireplace, your beautiful vintage armchair or the large window, etc. It would be a real shame if your room was full of beautiful things, but little valued.

3. Live the house and furnish «slowly»

It is particularly important, especially for those who are furnishing a new home without being helped by an interior design professional, to do it in a «slow» and progressive way. This means that you must literally live the environments before making important decisions since every decision has a cost (even a significant one) and you may soon regret it.

For example, when you go to a furniture store, don’t let yourself be persuaded to buy all the pieces of a set because you see them on display there: your room would risk looking like a catalog page, totally devoid of personality and interest.

Take the time to buy the different elements of a room a little at a time: this gives you the opportunity to evaluate how each piece adapts to the environment, before adding another and understanding if you really need something new.

Choose the main furniture, the ones you can’t do without. If you don’t have clear ideas, try to prefer clean and simple lines, which make the furniture timeless. Then wait to see what daily life in that house suggests. There is nothing worse than spending money, which you put away so hard, and then regret the choices made. Sometimes, you realize that you can reuse an existing piece or recovered in the attic or in a flea market. Other times it is enough to just add new textiles or simply move the furniture.

4. Take the architecture into account

No need to turn a room into something that is not. If you have vintage moldings we all agree to highlight them, but adding frames around ceilings and walls in a house from the 70s and 80s isn’t exactly the best of ideas.

The speech is similar to what is done about clothing: we need to emphasize our gifts and minimize defects or weaknesses, not try to be someone else. Only in this way, it is possible to give the best impression of ourselves to others.

Highlight the strengths of the architecture of your home (large windows, a beautiful fireplace, exposure …) and don’t fight it, wanting to make it look totally different, because it is not in line with your ideal home.

5. Each room should have 3 qualities

In the home furnishing project, make sure that every room has these 3 qualities:

  • Personality: The unique and personal touch is what makes a room interesting. For example, enter an unusual item, a family heirloom, a work of art or even something vintage. Filling your home with brand new furniture and objects can be beautiful, of course, but it is only with pieces that make it unique and special, that the personality and soul that every environment needs is added.
  • Function: Is it the form that determines the function or vice versa? It’s an old stylistic battle. In our opinion, every room should be as functional as it is beautiful. If the distribution of the furnishings hinders your daily life, that room will never be welcoming.
  • Lighting: Not all rooms are lucky enough to have a good source of natural light, but a well-designed lighting system can create a really comfortable space and bring out the elements and strengths of the room.