6 Home Design Tips Everyone Should Know

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6 simple home design tips to pull you out of your decorating paralysis and get your home headed on the right track. By Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

Love what you see in everyone else’s home but feel stuck when it comes to yours? We get it. Home design can be overwhelming — especially if you don’t have a knack for it. To help, here are 6 home design tips to pull you out of your decorating paralysis and get your home feeling straight out of a magazine:

Invest in the classics. Go trendy on the cheap.

Things like the sofa, your bed, an area rug, and the coffee table should be quality, neutral pieces that will last for years to come. Then add trendy patterns and color on the cheap with throw pillows, accessories, and lamps.

6 simple home design tips to pull you out of your decorating paralysis and get your home headed on the right track. By Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

Coordinate but don’t match

While buying a furniture set is convenient, it can make your home look like a run-of-the-mill furniture showroom. Instead, choose pieces that complement but aren’t matchy-matchy. Mixed furniture is thoughtful furniture.

6 simple home design tips to pull you out of your decorating paralysis and get your home headed on the right track. By Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

Hang photos and art at the right height 

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is hanging wall art too high. Above furniture, like a sofa or console table, art should be no more than six to nine inches above the top of the furniture, and approximately 2/3 width of the furniture.

It’s best to hang single artwork at eye level – – 60 inches from center to the floor is the magic number.

How to hang art like an interior designer by Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

There’s a mirror for that

Unsure what to place on that empty wall? Go with a mirror. It’ll reflect light and make the space instantly feel larger. Target has some great inexpensive options!

6 simple home design tips to pull you out of your decorating paralysis and get your home headed on the right track. By Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

Hang those curtains high

Not doing so makes your room and windows look squatty and cramped. Hang the curtain rod high; you can even go as high as a few inches below the ceiling. This small change instantly makes your room feel like a designer’s space and brings your eye up.

How to properly hang curtains by Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

Think in threes

When putting the finishing touches on a bookshelf, mantle, or console table – go for groups of three. Odd numbers look best, as does changing up the height of each piece.

Design tips for decorating a bookshelf or mantel By Petrocelli Homes Realty Group in the Bay Area, CA and Treasure Valley, ID

If you need an expert eye beyond these tips, reach out! We’d love to connect you with a few incredibly talented designers in our area to give you custom home design tips for your space!

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