1. Create a focal point.
Your focal point might be a dramatic interior in the bedroom, artistic tiles and an art piece in the living room or a headboard in the bedroom. Whatever it is, choose something that will draw attention. In this room the fireplace and the lighting work together as a collective focal point, bringing your eye right to the center of the composition and anchoring it there.
2. Consider sight lines.
Your focal point should be free and clear from one room to the next so that it feels like you’re being drawn between them. That’s why the best spot for a focal point is usually directly across from the entrance to the room.
3. Edit your collectibles.
Don’t hang on to a piece that just doesn’t fit. Don’t care if your friend gave it to you. If it’s not working for you, then find a new home for it (maybe in a different room)
4. Vary the scale.
What looks good in the store may look like an elephant in the room when you bring it home. Or it’s too tiny to be of any significance. So always very scale and proportion.
The oversized sunburst mirror frame fills up the wall space nicely here, while the sand dollars make an interesting grouping below. They would be much too insignificant individually. Threes and fives make for more pleasing arrangements than even numbers.
5. Add layers of lighting.
In this kitchen seating area, the backsplash is lit, the artwork is highlighted and the cabinet interiors are filled with light. One central lighting fixture would not have had nearly the same dramatic result.
Professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue, and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Pick a focal point and perhaps a secondary focal point and highlight those. Add general ambient lighting and some lower lighting, like table lamps, for interest.
6. Be bold.
Personality is what makes a space great. Make your own statement and have fun. The more you try, the more you will begin to see what works and what doesn’t.
Incorporate unexpected elements for drama. The unconventional ottoman seats, library-style bookshelves and oversized chandelier here are all unexpected in a conventional living room, but the result has charisma. Eschew expected pieces and interpretations if you want a room that will really wow.