How to Decorate Your House

The lease is signed. The deposit is paid. Now all that’s left is to make your new space feel like your space. If you’ve never decorated a home by yourself (and no, a Sports Illustrated poster in your college dorm room does not count as decorating), the task can seem daunting.

For the design newbie, sticking with a neutral palette is an easy way to create a sophisticated space.

Pottery Barn‘s design studio specialist, Sincere Amor, and assistant visual merchandising manager, Ana Rojas, designed the Men’s Health Rec Room to be fun, yet functional. They decided on games like air hockey and pool, and leather and wood furniture for a masculine feel, turning a totally blank space into the perfect guy’s lounge.

The Simple Rule to Add Color to a Room

“To build color, start neutral and build around that,” Amor says.

Add complexity to your space with an accent wall in a complementary color. For instance, a cool shade of gray looks can be accented with a wall that’s everything from charcoal to burgundy, and even brights. This will set the tone for the rest of the room and bring it to life.

How to Choose a New Couch

As for furniture, Amor suggests starting with your couch.

“The sofa is a good place to start, because it kind of helps [you] to take on direction of where [you] want to go,” he says.

Are you a Midcentury guy or into more Industrial styles? Since the couch is one of the larger pieces of furniture you’ll purchase, use it to set the tone of the room and work from there.

Just don’t try to make things match perfectly, Amore cautions. For instance, don’t stick to a single color or fabric and curate your furniture in one fabric or style. The result is a living room that looks straight out of a Bob’s Discount Furniture catalogue.

And Rojas agrees. “If you have everything matching in a space, it won’t be inviting and it won’t create interest in your space,” she says.

(You can also use your couch to get a great workout in if you don’t want to miss your favorite show, or check out Metashred Extreme by Men’s Health for others you can do right in your own living room.)

The Secret to Finding the Perfect Rug

Don’t forget what’s under your feet, too. Layering rugs adds dimension to a room, and the combination of materials adds visual interest.

According to Amore, an area rug defines what your space is for. He says a 5×8 rug is great for a living room space, but an 8×10 rug is better for a dining room. Having a rug that’s too big for the room it’s in may make the space feel smaller than it actually is.

But most importantly, have a little fun and infuse yourself into your new space, says Rojas.

“As long as everything connects and the pieces play well off each other, there really are no rules.”

Source: How to Decorate Your House

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