Decorating your home can be overwhelming, and expensive. There are so many great home decor ideas out there, and thanks to interior design blogs and magazines, the inspiration is endless. But unlike a great pair of shoes that you can stash away if you decide they aren't really you, your couch is kinda forever. Not only will you have dropped a load of cash on your sofa, you've probably spent considerable energy getting it into your home, and you're also probably looking forward to kicking back and relaxing on your newest piece of furniture.
Susie Kurkowski, an interior designer and owner of the Brooklyn store Items of Interest, sat down with us to explain exactly what to do — and not do — when you're furnishing your home.
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1. Come up with a central concept for your home. Whether it's a seashell or an antique spoon that inspires you, find one theme that will narrow down the rest of the possibilities. There might be lots of things that you like, but they don't belong in that room, and your theme is your guide in limiting your options and keeping you focused.
2. Know your dimensions. Measure the length, width and height of both the space that you're trying to fill and your potential furnishings. Nothing is worse than buying a piece of furniture that doesn't fit in your home. Get painter's tape or cardboard and lay it out to really get a feel for how big (or small) this item will be. If you can't move around your space comfortably or you don't have a clear pathway, it's time to reconsider.
3. Pick one focal point in the room. Let the chandelier or the sofa be the star; everything else is a secondary player. For example, if you have a strong pattern in your sofa, everything else needs to be neutral.
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