There are a few interior design styles that encourage a plethora of decoration. Shabby Chic is one, Bohemian another. Both encourage plenty of layers, colours and decoration. When done properly they can create fantastic, cosy and soulful homes.
But when does it go from a well thought out interior design style to crazy cat lady?
Well when Mrs Tiddlypuff pops out another 6 kittens and you are so overjoyed you fall over your stack of 8 year old Daily Mail’s, or when you walk into a room three dozen porcelain eyes follow you from the door. Or simply when you feel that the room is too cluttered, and is starting to look unattractive.
The first step is realising you have a problem, so what’s the next step? And how do you go about doing it?
Some people have no issue with clearing things out. They can discard old unwanted items with little to no emotional attachment. Others however, can get a bit more sentimental over things. This is part of the reason their homes turn into a cluttered mess in the first place.
One, rather harsh, bit of advice is to simply be brutal. Do you really need that porcelain Yorkshire Terrier you picked up on that day out four years ago with your friends step-nephew? A quote to keep in mind – ‘Get Rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.’
You could also try setting aside a few items that mean the most to you, and have someone else clear out the mess. A friend with fewer attachments to the items will probably have an easier time discarding things.
One thing to mention, base what you keep not necessarily on cash value, but on personal value. There is nothing wrong with owning something simply for the pleasure of owning it. You will ultimately enjoy the appearance of your home more if it is filled with things borne of love, not money.
When you start distributing decorations a factor to consider is: what the room you are decorating is used for. The bathroom, for example, is typically a room you only go in if you have specific need, and subsequently do not spend much time in there. On the other hand you are in the kitchen very frequently, and for long periods of time. But, the kitchen is a practical room. Not only is all the cooking done in there, but more often than not it houses most of the cleaning facilities, such as the washing machine and dishwasher. With this in mind having a lot of decoration in the kitchen will simply be impractical as they will get in the way.
The room that allows for the most decoration is the living room. We spend lots of time in here, enough to make it your own and warrant some very serious thought about decoration. And the time we spend in here is usually in a relaxed state, without frantic movement, therefore we can allow for a bit more decoration than the bathroom and kitchen.
So now you’ve trimmed down the odds and sods, and decided on what you really want to keep, how do you then decide where to place them?
In most living rooms, sad to say, the TV is the focal point. Some quick tips for this then: place it near a power socket, try and set the height around eye level when seated (around four feet is usually about there) and if you can, the perfect distance is about 3 times the diagonal width of the screen.
But as for the decorations, unless it has a significant history and meaning in your life a decoration should add to a room, rather than distracting from it. What is meant by this is that an individual piece should not be the first thing you notice when you walk into the room. Instead you should notice the effect of the room as a whole, then be drawn to key pieces on closer inspection.
Large pieces obviously take up the most space, and so will typically get pride of place on mantelpieces, windowsills or any coffee/small tables you have. Then smaller pieces fill in the nooks and crannies. This can actually be a fun way of doing things. When someone first walks into a room they are impressed with the whole feel of it, then they are drawn to a large piece, before then being drawn into even smaller, intricate things.