Decorating: use your eyes
Photo by shuna fish lydon
We’ve finally come to using the sense of sight, which is, quite frankly, the most obvious one when it comes to decorating your home and making it a haven.
Instead of reinventing the wheel and writing things that are already out there, I’ll just write a few tips on what I do when I consider my home’s visual appeal, and then I’ll point you to places that inspire me and fuel my idea tank.
What I’ve learned:
• Group items in threes. Whether it’s framed photos, a gathering of candles on a table, or a stack of books, items look better bunched in threes. And then fives.
• Hang it lower than you think. More often than not, people hang pictures on walls WAY too high. It shouldn’t be at direct eye level, it should be a smidge below.
• Along those lines, hang some kid-friendly art really low, at their level. After all, this is their home, too, and it’s a great way to introduce them to the art world.
• Think outside the box when it comes to art. I’d personally go with something homemade over a cheaply-made, store bought imitation. I’ve got a post coming in the next few weeks that explores this idea in detail, so I won’t go in to too much here. Just think scrapbook paper, kid’s art, old frames, old calendar pictures, book pages, vintage children’s books, cork board, and magnetic paint.
• Sheets and thin blankets make great curtains.
• Great free decor lies outside your door. Leaves, rocks, twigs, flowers, sand, and grass can make some great visual items indoors.
• Think of everyone living in your home. I’m blessed to have a husband who has similar taste, but if you’re super girly, consider whether your hubby feels at home in a flowery bedroom. Likewise, your kids appreciate a colorful, visually appealing home, regardless whether they know it. Get down to their level and consider what they might like.
I’m a very visual person – so much so that it would be impossible to list all the places on the internet that inspire me. Nonetheless, here are a few:
Internet Eye Candy
• Photos and photography provide scads of visual inspiration – just a few sites with great photos are My Happy Little Life, Nectar & Light, Missy Muh, 3191, and simply the Creative Commons section of Flickr (which is also where I get most of this blog’s photos – after you search for something, click on “most interesting”). Know of more sites with great photos? Please let me know!
• Ohdeedoh is the children’s channel of Apartment Therapy. Great stuff there!
• Design Mom has tons of ideas, and it’s a great place to discover new blogs as well (as if we needed to find more blog greatness out there).
• Today’s Creative Blog, Delightful Blogs, and store after store in Etsy are all great landing pads for discovering beautiful blogs with great design inspiration. This is a nifty tool on Etsy, where you click on a color and it pulls up different items throughout its stores corresponding with that shade. Fun.
Do you have a great site you enjoy? Is there something you’ve learned as you decorate your home? Please share your tips!
I’ve had fun exploring the five senses, but I gotta tell you, I’m ready to get back to my usual fodder of simplicity, organization, and productivity! Look for more of that next week. But exploring these senses really have reminded me just how much inspires me – the smell of a lemon scone in the oven, the beauty of a great fabric, just the right color choice, an old mason jar, the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack, even a chocolate chip cookie. Inspiration is all around me.
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