I get asked all the time about the rules for decorating, "can I put two different reds next to each other on the sofa?", " can I use modern chairs with my old table?", and "how do you know know what goes together?"
Like many things, interior design isn't as much about rules, as knowledge, curiosity, and confidence. Looking at your room with fresh perspective will start you on your way to creating a beautiful new room. Here are four signs you know you're ready to decorate:
1. You look for art you really love- not decorative pieces that match your curtains or the trendy 'it' thing that's in all the stores, but art that resonates with or impresses you deeply in some way. This is art you'll love in any room for many years.
2. You're curious about the things that capture your attention. When you understand the history behind the things you love, you better understand how they relate (or not!) to the other things in the room. Who knew Colonial style could look so modern!
3. You're willing to wait for, dig for, or make those unique pieces to give your room a personal and finished look.
4. You know nothing is permanent, so you put your design plan in place knowing that the room will evolve as you do. Above is a photo of my bedroom about 5 years ago when Apartment Therapy shot my home. Below is how it looks today.
Today the walls, curtains, and accessories are the same. The art, chairs, and bedding are have changed as I've sold my paintings, found the salvaged silk I needed to make the bedspread, and started a new relationship. As I've grown and evolved, so has my room.
Go ahead, research the pieces you love, be curious and jump in. Go ahead- decorate!