Interior decoration by Tatiana Antonchenko. Villas, apartments, cottages, houses, studios, apartments, residences, hotels, restaurants, salons, galleries.
The decor of a home or a private room is both science and art. As in any science, it has its own rules and laws that must be adhered to. And as in any art, breaking some laws and deviating from the rules is only welcomed.
Rule 1: Think about convenience and practicality first.
And only then about fashion trends. Remember, a beautifully decorated home should still be a home. That is, a place where you will have to spend most of your time. In which you will have to live, and not just admire it. Do not forget about the tastes and convenience of other family members: your husband may simply be uncomfortable in a slender-looking armchair with thin legs, and your children will not always be careful when passing by an expensive thin glass vase. This is their home too, and they should be comfortable in it. Make a home for yourself, not for the surprised reaction of guests.
Rule 2: Stick to an idea.
It is much easier to make the interior stylish and interesting if you stick to some motive or color palette. This can be, for example, a floral motif, marine, animalistic (like a zebra or leopard), any that you like at this stage of life.
Rule 3: Add an element of surprise to your design.
Unexpected elements enliven the décor of the room tremendously: an oversized photograph, a shelf hanging too low, a red pillow on a green sofa. Feel free to experiment. Your home should reflect your and only your personality.
Rule 4: Don't flaunt everything you have.
One or two figurines look good, but ten figurines is overkill. In other words, try to strike a balance between comfort and clutter. Even if you really like the now fashionable Victorian style with an abundance of "fintiflyushki", it is better to flaunt only a part of them at the same time, and depending on your mood, change the composition from time to time. If you are a collector, display 3-4 of the most valuable items in your collection in a prominent place, and remove the rest until an interested guest asks you to show more. One or two beautiful paintings on the wall immediately attract attention, but if there are many paintings, the room looks like an art gallery.
Rules that can (and should!) Be broken:
It is better not to use white - the color is too easily soiled.
In fact, white always looks good in an interior. It refreshes the overall decor, visually expands the space and favorably sets off many colors. When decorating your room, choose white materials that can be washed and fabrics that can be bleached. Make white covers for sofas, armchairs or pillows removable so they can be washed more often. The only thing that is better to refrain from is white carpets, especially if there are small children or animals in the family.
If unsure, choose neutral colors.
Neutral colors - beige, sand, gray, etc. - really go together with almost any other color, and if you are not sure of your taste, then it is better to stick to neutral colors in the main range. And not necessarily these, black, white, terracotta color and some shades of blue and green can be neutral. So neutral does not mean colorless at all. And yet it is advisable to add two or three bright color spots even to a neutral decor.
Everything has to fit together.
In fact, mixing styles or colors is not as scary as it is usually portrayed. Moreover, such a mixture is often visible only to a professional. Eclecticism brings an element of surprise, play and a spirit of contradiction to the interior. When mixing styles, it is desirable to have a single connecting link in the interior, a common idea, be it a color or a design motive.
A round table requires a round tablecloth.
When everything fits perfectly and matches each other, it looks boring. There may even be a triangular tablecloth on the round table, if only it looks unexpected and interesting and you like it.
The living room should have a sofa, an armchair and a table.
Try to get rid of your idea of the standard set that must be present in a particular room. For example, the living room should have a place to sit and a place to put a cup of coffee and a magazine. This does not necessarily mean a sofa and a table. Instead of a sofa, you can use a podium or canapes.
The sofa should be against the wall.
Not always. Instead of aligning all of the furniture to the wall, try placing something, such as a sofa, at an angle, or create several different groups of furniture. This gives the room a three-dimensionality and often helps to more efficiently use the space.
Feel free to experiment. Break the rules. But at the same time ask yourself: "Am I comfortable in this decor? Will I be able to live with him? " If the answer is yes, then you've got a really beautiful home.
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