REMOVE ALL ITEMS FROM ROOM
Rooms often look unfinished and disconcerting when we have too much color, pattern and gee gaws in the room.
A good rule of thumb, is to start with a room that is empty. Move all items into the hall or a storage room first.
A clean slate is best.
GO TO THE LIGHT
Think about your light source. Does the room have windows? If so, are they covered in dark drapes? Too little light in a room can make it feel small and cavelike. If you have little natural light, you need to think about placing something reflective ie: mirrors and semi gloss paint on the opposite wall of your window. This will reflect the natural light back into the room where it is needed.
Try to stick to a color pallet of no more that three colors. Large surfaces need neutrals, paint trim in a color that is bright and clean looking. I generally prefer bright white painted trim myself. For the third color I use it in my accessories, pick something that is in the same color family the wall color and also corresponds well with the trim color.
Example: Sand colored walls, white trim, and for drama, accessorizing in dark browns, and black really pop against the soft wall background, and white trim.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Too much is just that– too much. Decorate like items in groupings of 3, 5 etc.
Its not necessary to fill every inch of wall space or shelf space with items. A few nice pieces look far more sophisticated than a lot of gee gaws that dont really show off the room.
When placing artwork on your walls a good rule of thumb is, Big wall, big art, small wall smaller art. Keeping the items you use in scale with the wall they are going to be on is a good way to show it in the best possible light.
Also, a lot of rooms tend to look off balance because you may have large pieces of furniture in the room with no counter balance. If you have a large tv armoire in a corner, its good to have something across from it that has the same visual weight to give good balance to the room. It doesnt have to be another big piece of furniture.
For example-If you have a large armoire in the corner of your room, try to counter balance it with a large potted plant in the opposite
corner. A decorative large iron grille on your wall on the opposite side will have the necessary visual weight to counter the large furniture too. Visual weight is something that has a lot of “presence” in the room. It can be a dark framed print, or a bold painting, or an ornate mirror. It isnt always as big as the other pieces in the room but because of its color, design or shape can be highly noticeable and offer a weight to the wall and take the place of a large piece, without always taking up the space.