Adulting 101 : Home Decorating

Adulting is defined as acting like an adult or engaging in activities usually associated with adulthood

Since I moved out of my mom's I've been going through a serious transition into adulthood. I find myself enjoying weekly trips to my local grocery shop, staying home on Friday nights, and making lists to keep myself organized. The biggest challenge for me has been home decorating. It's so hard. In a perfect world, I would go to Urban Barn and say I want this whole display for my bedroom and this over here for my living room. But that's not the case YET! For now, I have to shop smart and use my imagination. This summer I'm giving myself the task to fully decorate my living room that I've basically abandoned. I have the big stuff now I just need to add the important accents to bring it all together.

Last night I attended a Spring Design Workshop with Award-Winning Interior Decorator Katie Rioux and Designer/Artist Vandy Midha. I left with a few golden nuggets that I think will help anyone with their starting point.

Tip 1 : Identifying Symmetry

First thing first when decorating a space you want to know  what kind of symmetry is more appealing to you. The three types of Symmetry in Decorating are Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, and Radial Balance.

 

Symmetrical balance;s rule of thumb is what happens one side must be exactly done on the other.

Symmetrical balance;s rule of thumb is what happens one side must be exactly done on the other.

Assymetrical balance focuses on balancing the vision weights of the objects in the room. The balance can be found through color, height, and or size

Assymetrical balance focuses on balancing the vision weights of the objects in the room. The balance can be found through color, height, and or size

Radial Symmetry creates focus on a central sometimes circular object.

Radial Symmetry creates focus on a central sometimes circular object.


I think a  Asymmetrical Balance would best suit my condo to fully utilize the space.

Tip 2 : Add Art

Art adds feeling and a tone to your room. It's personal and represents you just like your home. Whether it's a non original or original, artwork is necessary. Bare walls are boring! I usually look for pictures at Bouclair or Homesense which offers a variety of styles. If you're into original pieces, Vandy Midha has a great user-friendly online art gallery (ArtMatch.ca) where you can purchase original art here in Calgary. The price range of  $275 to $8500 offers a wide variety of options for even the smallest decorating budgets.

 

                                                                                           Dreamland by Carolyn Jerrard

                                                                                           Dreamland by Carolyn Jerrard

I love love love this piece. It's pretty, feminine with a hint of luxury. This would be the perfect  picture to put up in a beauty room.

Tip 3 : USE COLOR

I love me a neutral palette but adding a pop of color won't hurt . Whether is a bright turquoise pillow, a purple pouf, yellow drapes, and or orange walls. Color adds characters and it completely turns up your space. The worse that can happen is you don't like that exact color and you change it to another.

Tip 4 : Keep Your Receipts

Even the best designers have a change of heart. Sometimes what we envision doesn't translate well into our space. So keep your receipt and don't feel bad for returning anything. The last thing you want to do is spend your hard earned dollars on a purchase that you absolutely don't like.

I hope these tips help jump-start your creative juices. Comment below and let me know what tips have helped you. 

 

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