Interior decor can be tricky if you don't have a degree. There are so many of us who love to make our homes look beautiful, who really love the process, the creativity, the "newness".
How do you make a home balanced and gorgeous? Here are a few points to help you.
Grouping items in threes creates a sense of balance. Yes, that is an odd number, so it seems like it would not feel balanced. However, in the standard rules of interior design (Feng Shui, and other methods), the rule of three creates that balance you seek.
Just like in the picture below. Grouping three bottles does a bit of magic, don't you think?
Tip: Place the taller item in the back, shorter in the front. Altered widths and shapes really adds a lot to the presentation.
Let's get even more interesting.
Grouping three seemingly random things together will seriously kick your interior decorating game up a notch.
For instance, take a look at this coffee table. Notice the stacks of books? The three stacks of books. Each stack has the larger books on the bottom, smaller on top. Also on top of each stack of books is an interesting piece of decor.
As you see, you don't actually have an obvious rule of three going on. It just works.
Another example is the picture of the mantle below. There are multiple groups of three in this instance.
There are three candle sticks to the left, all varying in height.
There are three frames, not one the same, layered from largest to smallest.
There are three items to the far right. All of them are random. None of them are the same height.
Also notice that there is a bigger group of three. It's the left, middle and right.
Sure, there is the random laid down, tied group of foliage, which balances the red tones from left to right. Then, there is the balance of height with the added foliage in the vase at the right, to compensate for the frame height and bulk in the middle. AND, if you pay close attention, there are a number of other balance makers that create a beautiful presentation on this mantle.
Because we are talking about threes, here are three main tips to create this balance you seek within your interior decoration placement.
1. Color. Tie color into other parts of your room. It can be one subtle color, but be sure to tie it in.
2. Texture. Use texture appropriate for the space. Don't use a rough, country texture in a sophisticated space. This will cheapen the room.
3. Size: Use size appropriate items. If you are just adding items for accent purposes, be sure that they don't overshadow the items you would like to hold emphasis. Also, be sure that the size does not take away from the functionality of the space.
For more on methods of creating balance in your decor, try 7 Days To Master Feng Shui.
We all dream of being the next Steve Jobs, Oprah, or name any other high achiever that comes to mind. The power of that image is so motivating.
What is the key ingredient in the success of high achievers? The power of routine.
Do you manage your time?
Do you use a calendar?
Do you do the same thing each night and each morning?
START WITH A PURPOSE
Most high achievers start at the crack of dawn. They start with a purpose. So what if you have a normal 8-5 job? You can still begin early. Gandhi started his day at 4am. He would have prayers, study, and walk. Richard Branson wakes up at 5:45am to run over 300 companies and believes that starting early is one of the keys to success. Benjamin Franklin started his day with the question, "What good shall I do today?", in other words, with purpose.
Start each day by making the bed. This starts your day right. First achievement of the day...and it makes it so that when you go to bed your bed is all ready and comfy.
Incorporating exercise into your routine actually helps your body and your mind. It's invigorating and awakening. So, incorporating it into your morning routine is such an amazing way to start the day. However, if that is not possible, be sure to incorporate it somewhere. Richard Branson starts the day with a swim around his island. Charles Darwin started the day with a short walk. Victor Hugo included daily strenuous exercise.
Reading is also a key to success for these high achievers. Charles Darwin's days consisted of daily reading. Beethoven spent serious time reading. Winston Churchill would start the day by reading and catching up on the news. Warren Buffet spends about 80% of his time reading.
Set goals. Set small goals that are steps to get you to your bigger goals. High achievers stay focused on their goals, on their causes. They don't get distracted from those goals.
These high achievers find a way to impact the world in a positive way. This becomes their goal, their life cause.
FIND YOUR PASSION
Do you have a passion? Try to discover your passion.
Do you have big dreams? Move on them. Take steps to reach those dreams.
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF
Find yourself and then fall in love with yourself. I think that within that love, you will find your passion and a way to make it happen, a way to make it so that your contribution to society sparkles and shines, making a difference.
GO GET IT
You have everything you need within you to make your dreams come true. You got this! Now go get it.