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So, whether you’re searching for room decor to spruce up your own home with or looking for new items to introduce to your store, finding the right products can be harder than you think. With so many room decor ideas around the internet, it’s hard to focus on one specific vision.
To help you navigate the endless streams of suggested Pinterest posts and ad banners trying to market you anything even remotely related to room decor, here’s a list of ideas you can start with:
Before exploring every idea in detail, let’s take a look at what you should keep in mind prior to cramming your shopping cart with items you probably don’t need.
First and foremost, you need to understand your goal. Perhaps you’re looking to design a room from scratch—from furniture to wallpaper. In that case, start big and concern yourself with smaller details later on. There will always be time to find the right knick-knacks. However, if you’re trying to liven up an already well-loved space, consider small, but impactful changes.
Moreover, be mindful of your expenses. Avoid buying items that look nice on the store shelf, but won’t serve you any purpose. Make a list of products you want. If you see a particular item that exceeds your price range, but is a definite must-have, look for a cheaper version of it, or recreate it yourself. A lot can be achieved with some colors, a set of brushes, and a couple of hours of free time.
Let’s jump into room decor ideas you can use to spruce up your humble abode!
“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.”Okakura Kakuzo, Japanese art critic
Be it a small succulent on the desk or a statement palm in the corner of the room, any plant is sure to bring you joy and bring life to your home. House plants add more character to any room and improve air quality and moisture. Plants are also proven to enhance productivity and cognitive attention.
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More and more people are trying their hand at creating terrariums. They allow you to combine multiple plants in one display and generally require less care than a potted plant. Dwarf plants, ferns, air plants, succulents, peperomia, and carnivorous plants all work in terrariums. You can also add moss and lichens as decorations, just make sure that they don’t compromise the habitat for other plants. And be sure to group compatible plants in one container.
Decorate your plant container with decorative rocks or marbles. You can also use pebbles and seashells you’ve collected on your travels. To create a small fantasy world, use miniature figurines.
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If you don’t wish to spend time creating a terrarium, delve into simpler ways to display your taste in flora. However, be cautious of what plants you choose. Plants, like any other living thing, require constant care. If you can’t find the time to water, groom and fertilize them, consider buying artificial plants—these are especially great as dorm decor. And be sure to complement your house plants with decorative planters.
Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author
Take advantage of vertical space and create a gallery wall. A truly exciting display is acquired over time, instead of bought in bulk for decorating purposes. It’s a visual representation of your interests, memories, and goals in life. Think of it as a mood board to showcase your favorite moments, greatest ideas, and biggest inspirations. It’s also an elegant upgrade to the quintessential dorm decor element—the photo wall.
For a clean and formal aesthetic, arrange the wall decor in a grid. This layout works nicely in dining rooms or as office wall decor. To make it look extra classy, stick to a single format and frame color. A unified theme for all featured pieces will make the collection more put-together.
If, however, you want a more personal style, go for a salon-style arrangement. This composition allows for more variety in both the content and format of the wall decor. Mix up posters with photographs or canvas, add an odd three-dimensional item or two, play with the colors and shapes of your frames.
Consider ordering custom pieces—bring your own ideas and designs to life with personalized posters, or canvas.
Remember to mix up artwork with functional items. A clock is often a great design element, while mirrors create the illusion of a bigger and brighter room. Display boxes might not seem like a conventional design element, but they allow to create a three-dimensional look to the wall. They can be used to display all sorts of items, starting from little ornaments that can’t find a place anywhere else to a hefty collection of tickets, postcards and other mementos.
Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.Gustave Flaubert, French author
More often than not, getting (and staying!) productive during work seems like a task on its own. Although there are some distracting factors that are hard to prevent, your surroundings are well within your control. Studies show that, when done right, a person’s work environment is a great productivity booster. So, whether you’re creating your own home office or looking for office decor ideas to spruce up your study corner, remember that a well-thought-out design will help you in the long run.
To save up room, take advantage of vertical spaces—use pegboards instead of cabinets, hang up notice boards and whiteboards or blackboards for reminders, to-do lists, and other quick notes.
As for your desk area, jazz it up by customizing small everyday items—start with a custom coffee mug. Don’t forget about your phone—give it a unique look to showcase your personality. Use stickers to give your notebooks a personal touch or put them on your computer for all to see.
A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort.E.B. White, American author
Amidst all responsibilities and hectic social life, there’s hardly any time for mindful rest, especially when there’s no place where to enjoy some leisure time. A dedicated space for peaceful activities such as reading a novel, catching up on the latest episodes of your favorite show or pampering yourself, serves as a reminder to take a breather.
Coziness is of the essence. Fill this space with comfortable furniture, lots and lots of pillows, and a warm blanket to tuck yourself in.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British author
To finish everything off, sprinkle some smaller decor around the place. Display any memorabilia from your travels or that remind you of your loved ones, customize them to fit your aesthetic.
You can also create ornaments yourself. Perhaps you’re an avid knitter or have dabbled in pottery—use your creations to decorate your living space. Not only will it cost you less than store-bought room decor, it will also give your home a more lived-in feeling and showcase both your style and craftsmanship.
Lastly, add more books! Many bookworms will vouch that there is nothing more beautiful than a full and organized bookshelf. Even a small stack of books creates a more sophisticated atmosphere, so take a look at this list of the best coffee table books and get inspired.
Trinkets can be both decorative and functional. Get something that allows you to showcase your custom jewelry, bring attention to your already chic stack of books with ornamental bookends, create a statement piece with picturesque candles.
The first step in room decor should always be understanding your goal—wasting money on products you won’t need will only result in more clutter. When that’s settled, think of your budget. Consider repurposing items you already have to save some money, or, if the cost of materials justifies it, give a DIY project a go.
Keep in mind that room decor can be practical and add value to everyday life. For example, house plants make any environment more lively and fresh, artwork motivates and inspires you, comfy furniture and pillows provide a space for rest, while small accessories remind you of your own creative spirit.
So, instead of barging on a quest to recreate a Pinterest-worth interior, give it your own spin, your own personality, and your own designs. In the end, it’s your space and you should feel welcome in it.
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