When a designer comes up with room design ideas, they are usually trying to create a one-of-a-kind space that (hopefully) suits the personality of the owner. To decorate like a design pro, those two ideas (“one of a kind’ and “suits your personality”) are the key! And who would know your personality better than you?
By now, I have made over all of the rooms in my builder grade house (it came with ZERO personality)…and I have to admit I’ve done some of them more than once. (If you missed them, you can find all of the room makeovers HERE).
Along the way, I have found there are some room design ideas which make it easy to create that one-of-a-kind, unique-to-you feeling…and I do them in almost every room!
Click Next to find out what they are.
Add Something Unexpected
One way to make sure your room has that one-of-a-kind designer feel is to do something unexpected. The unexpected is what creates the “WOW” Factor. It’s all about the element of surprise.
The thing that I get asked about the most in my house is this backdrop. It’s basically a large-sized upholstered headboard that I use behind the buffet, but every time someone new comes to my house, they always comment on it. It’s also a great place to update the room with holiday decorations, like this wreath.
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Create a Collection
Having a collection of something (and it could be pretty much anything as long as you love it) adds your personality to the room. It also gives you some focus if you are looking for accessories for your room. If you find something that fits in your collection, you know you have a spot for it!
I use sea-related objects like dolphins, coral and sea glass in my living room.
My mother used apples on the nightstand in her bedroom (you can see the rest of the bedroom makeover HERE),
Designer Hint: To make a bigger impact, display your collection in groups. It will look more like one cohesive unit.
Hang Some Art
I have nothing against family photographs (they are a great way to make your house feel like home)…but art is what will add that designer touch. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to love it!
This is my favorite wall in my house. Almost everything hung here (except for the blue picture with the fins in the water) is a really inexpensive poster or pictures that I took myself. But it still creates a statement when you walk in the room.
Of course, you can always use real paintings if you prefer.
Or if you want to get creative, you can always try painting your own abstract art on a canvas (geometric patterns are the easiest).
Designer Hint: Large pieces of art make the biggest statement. If you have smaller pictures, group them together. The collection will have the same impact as one bigger piece.
Even if you don’t have a lot of books, bookshelves give you lots of room to display items that add personality to the room.
If you are a lover of books, there is nothing like the library-look bookshelf to make you feel happy.
Designer Hint: To add more interest to a shelf with books, lay some of them down flat and stand some of them up. The change in direction creates a small element of surprise.
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Using different textures draws your attention into the room and keeps it from looking monotonous.
If you have a velvet sofa and drapes (like I do), then adding some smoother items, like a glass and leather coffee table and a capiz shell floor lamp creates some much needed contrast in the texture.
Designer Hint: Using texture is especially important if you are going for a monochromatic color scheme. Otherwise, your room could end up feeling like it is missing something.
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Use Trays (Or Books) To De-Clutter
If you are trying to accessorize your space and it looks like it is too cluttered, try putting a tray under your accessories. It will make all of those individual items look like one cohesive group.
If you don’t have a tray, any kind of larger flat surface (like books) will work as a unifying surface.
Install Floor To Ceiling Curtains
Hanging curtains that start at the ceiling and extend to the floor is another way to add some pizzazz to a room. It seems like this tip appears on every design tips list I read. It’s a really easy way to decorate like a designer.
Besides just looking good, floor to ceiling curtains make the ceiling feel taller (click HERE to find more ideas on making ceilings seem taller).
They can also make a small room look bigger (get some other tips on making a small room feel bigger HERE).
Designer Hint: Curtains that fall an inch or so above the floor are easier to keep clean and don’t get in the way like curtains that puddle on the floor.