Often people get stuck when decorating. They may like the style they’re using. They’re fairly certain they’ve got the right elements.
But something still isn’t right. And they can’t quite figure out what the problem is.
It’s usually something called “editing.”
I put one or two decor objects in a room and stand back and gaze at it for awhile. Then I might take one of the objects away, sit down and gaze at it some more.
The Other Word Is “Balance.”
Edit and balance.
If you arrange things in a vignette, it need only be maybe three decorative objects to achieve balance. Odd numbers seem to be best. You don’t want a jumble of objects.
Instead you want a pleasing and balanced look so that you can enjoy the look of each decorative object you’ve chosen. Put too much together and you lose that.
I find adding house plants really don’t need to be edited as much. They are perhaps the exception to the rule.
Plants May Be The Exception To This Rule:
You can gather a bunch of house plants together and the look is what you might see in nature. A jungle of green.
Because plants gathered together mean they create their own little rain forest, it is good for them to be gathered in one spot. It is the one area where editing doesn’t seem as important when decorating a room.
Of course that also depends on how much room you have and whether they interfere with furniture or something that really needs to be in that room. Then you’ll have to carefully choose where to put them.
Boho Style & Balance:
When decorating in the boho style, it’s typical to use various patterns and colors and such. But I don’t like to go too far.
I like to choose a few colors and then let them blend into something like this wall quilt hanging above my dining table.
A wall quilt is surrounded by whatever paint color you have on the wall. And mine is white.
You achieve balance with neutrals such as white. It creates a pause, a breathing space. Then I minimalize the colors underneath it so as not to overwhelm the room.
Especially if you live in an apartment like I do, you don’t want too much going on.
A Kitchen Of Few Colors:
My kitchen has a lot going on because it is small and must serve its purpose. But I use just a couple of colors, red and white, to tone down the look.
It might look like I just put things on the open cabinets willy-nilly. But that’s not true. I edited and edited until I achieved the look I wanted.
Had I used a lot of colors, it might have looked too cluttered.
Edit, then edit some more.
It’s Important For Decorative Objects To Have Room To Breathe:
Arrange decor to give objects room to breathe.
I do the same thing out on my patio. I group and arrange things, and then I edit to get the look I want. It truly is just finding balance by editing.
So bring things you truly love into the room.
Add a piece of your chosen decor to a surface, then maybe two or three. I find that three is usually best. And live with it for a bit. Maybe an hour or maybe a day if you’re still not sure.
The Concept Of Edit & Balance:
Edit and find the balance that makes you happy. Because being happy in our homes not only improves our outlook, it affects our mental health.
And in this year of COVID-19, home has been everything. It has had to serve as our home, our work place and everything in between.
I like what The Daily Meditation had to say about this:
“The design of your home has a direct affect on your mental health. A badly designed, disorganised, cluttered or messy house could be contributing to a mental health condition.”