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A Simple Step-by-Step Process That Will Help You Decorate Rooms With Small Elements

When it comes to decorating rooms, most people would be at a loss for how to get started. There are so many different decor choices to choose from such as potted plants, trays, jewelry, paintings, and even personal belongings. With so many different choices available, it can be rather difficult to figure out just what to use, where to use it, and how to position it for the best effect. Unfortunately, getting good at design involves a lot of trial and error, but there are a couple of ways to make it easier to decide what kind of decor you should be using and how it can be used to great effect.

So without further ado, here’s a step-by-step process on how to decorate rooms by using small elements and design pieces.

Step 1: If you have a source of inspiration, try to mimic it

One of the realities of art that everyone should learn is that most ideas aren’t really original. Many great ideas are just collections of many different designs that the artist or creator has experienced before. Some ideas are even stolen from interior design books or online sources of inspiration such as Pinterest. There are so many different ways to get inspiration that you’ll build up a list of great ideas in no time.

But instead of just using them for ideas, why not just copy them? While a lot of people might feel a bit uncomfortable with the idea of copying, there’s usually no shame in taking ideas from someone else as long as you don’t try to claim them as your own. After all, you’re copying these ideas for personal use; you’re not a designer that is getting paid and you’re not trying to show off the ideas as your own. If you’re proud of what you’ve done and want to share it, then it’s easy to just link to the inspiration that you found so that nobody can say that you’re just copying someone else and profiting from their work.

And that’s it for step 1. If you have an idea in mind then it’s probably because you have some sources of inspiration. In that case, just copy it and see if it works for your home. Whether it’s a shelving arrangement or color combination, just try it out and see if it fits your preferences.

Step 2: Start shopping around for cool little items

There are many places for you to start shopping around for cool decor items that you can fit virtually anywhere in the home. For example, THE ICONIC is a fantastic brand that offers all kinds of homeware, and you can even look on Amazon for interior decorations that can come at a very low price. If you want to explore even more ideas, then why not try something like browsing a store or going to an interior design studio? These places are fantastic sources of inspiration and they may even sell the items that are on display.

Shopping around for items can be a lot of fun and it’ll introduce many unique ideas for you to try out. This also gives you an idea of what’s available on the market. For example, if you’re looking for lots of decors with geometric shapes to create a modern or futuristic room, then you’ll have a much easier time looking at stores that offer modern decor items. This can fill your mind with ideas and you’ll get a good look at what’s available from each store or brand.

Step 3: Decide what areas need to be decorated

Using small items to decorate can be a lot of fun, but you need to decide where you want to put the items. Great candidates for this include blank walls, empty shelves, or surfaces like drawers. These are usually areas that are blank, open, and don’t really get much use. This makes them the perfect blank slate for you to start incorporating art into your home decor or just dotting around lots of greenery such as plants to make things feel a bit more vibrant and lively.

Of course, you also shouldn’t overdo it unless that’s the idea that you want. For example, adding too much foliage to a shelf can make it fairly impractical to use. You also don’t want to completely cover surfaces with small decor elements because it’ll make it far too crowded. This can make it look a little tacky and it’s generally not a very pleasant sight.

jonny caspari KuudDjBHIlA unsplashStep 4: Keep your colors and themes consistent

One of the more difficult things about using smaller decor items is that it can be hard to keep things consistent with colors. For instance, you might find that plants go well with other natural colors in your home, but if you try to use something a bit more colorful then it might clash with larger decor elements in your home such as the color of furniture or large paintings. It’s also important to consider color theory when designing your rooms because different colors can evoke various emotions. This can be important if you’re designing a room to be a tranquil and relaxing space or a soothing work area.

Themes are also important. When you mix too many different themes, it creates a problem where there are too many clashing elements, making your rooms look a bit disorganized and chaotic. For instance, a single shelf could have multiple picture frames, plants, and even personal belongings such as action figures. However, not all of these things mix, and depending on the pictures used in the frames, it could look really weird. As such, you’ll want to try and keep things consistent when placing your small decor items. Group them into different themes that you want to try with your rooms and it’ll be a bit easier to distribute items to create a balanced look.

While it can be hard to use small items to decorate a room, we hope that these simple steps have made it a bit easier for you to have some fun with your decor.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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