3 Ways To Elevate A Living Space (To Your Space)

Updating a room gets easier with time.  I am not here to tell you how your space should look like. 

The space is yours; you will make the call.

Today, I am only here to provide you with a path, to help you alter your space to your taste.

We hate to waste time and energy. So, for spaces, it is good to make informed decisions.

I know this sound all serious. But think about it for a second, when we are well informed, we make better decisions.

We see clarity in the steps we take with the knowledge we have acquired.

The track record of what we learn will help us discern what to toss out of our space, and what we should highlight.

We may not master everything yet.  But nailing theory and practice will enrich our journey. These two things work hand in hand.

Personalized rooms are not built over night.

A kickstart to this journey, these three practical principles will rescue any space.

1. Develop Your Decorator’s Eyes (See A Room As A Decorator)

No need to sweat it.

There is a believe system where most of us think some people are born with some skills and talents.

This is a partial truth; some skills are more remarkable to people but we can learn from any skill. Anyone can learn any skills. It comes down to exposure and practice.

We develop our inmost decorator’s eye by looking at spaces. Yes, you are reading that right.  It will take a run-through approach.

We should see this concept the same way we see skills, we use every day, such as swimming, biking, or driving.

We perfect skills with practice. When mastered, we no longer think about it, it becomes second nature.

We don’t take these activities because we are trying to join a competitive sport.

We learn these knacks because they are great to have, and we end up applying them in our life.

Swimming becomes a way of leisure, and driving we use it to commute. The same way, we can learn to look at our space with a vision. 

A skill that comes in with practice which we can use to make a space our space.

Trust the journey, it is all a process.

 We can apply the same notion of practice in spaces with decoration. The more we look at spaces and identify the things that make a space work.

The easier it becomes to pin point what to highlight in our space. We will start to detect things we need to incorporate to transform it.

Limit your vision, look at a space the same way you see a photo

Think of a picture you love, how is it structured? There is something that draw you to the picture. The composition captivates us.

The photographers use the rule of third to take their shots.

Rule of third causes the photographer to look at the entire shot. And put the capture under three segments, within the horizontal and vertical lines.

In a grid where these lines intersect, they place the photographed object. When done right, it catches the eye.

The same way, we can use the same concept to balance the space. So it becomes harmonious.

This helps us visualize the way we can position items in a room to achieve the right balance.

Treasure the room you see, learn to observe

Look at your space. Is the room conveying the right emotion? What mood you want in this space? Are you able to identify the styles?

Immerse in what you see.

 See other rooms, study what is working, and the placement of furniture.

How many colours can you identify? How is the colour working in the space? Does the space have an element of surprise?

What do you like about the space? Will the space feel unfinished if you remove an item from it?

What is working in the space? how do you feel looking at the space? Practice, gaze on images If something catches your eyes, ask yourself why.


2. Create a place for the eyes to land (a focal point)

A focal point is a star of the room.

Think of your space as if you are staring at a picture. A good picture is a picture that tells a story.

When we see an image, its composition makes us pause. This directs our attention (eyes) to focus on one specific element. The same way, we should have the same feeling in a room.

A focal point creates a sense of order, and it tricks the eyes to see a kept room.Not everything in a room should demand our attention when we enter and look at a space.

A should have something it is highlighting where the eyes should focus on. We can guide the eyes in the space. We tell the eyes where to land in two ways:

Highlight a room natural’s feature

We see this with architectural feature in a space.

A great place to rest eyes can be a fireplace, a window with a good view or/and a high ceiling. We can stress on the ceiling with statement light fixture of our choice.

Other features to highlight are bricks, wood beams, built in shelves, and a staircase.

No architectural focus, create one yourself

We can create our own feature with artworks, photos, gallery, or any sort of hanging, like mirrors. These help us create a landing spot for the eyes.

We can create an accent wall, or add a mural to make a statement. We can bring in a drama effect with wallpaper or by adding panels.

Now look at your space, is there something that can catch your eyes? Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify this when a room is already filled with items.

The best way to approach the space you want to decorate is to take a picture. Nothing fancy, use your phone and capture your space.

Now look at the taken pictures. Do you see an architectural feature you can highlight? Or do you see a spot where you can create something to catch the eyes?

Have elimination process in place. Take items out of the space to make the space feel and cohesive.

3. Create a visual map (a mood board) for the space

A little effort will not go wasted.

First identify your style. When you know your style then it is easier to collect visual images for the space that you want to create.

Knowing what you want to create dictate your image collections.

We can break down a mood board into four categories:

  • Plan it
  • Create it
  • Experience it
  • Translate the findings in your space

Plan it, cut the clutter

We will go with an elimination process. Create a list of the things you will keep and the things you no longer use.

Donates or sell things that need a new home o create a more functional airy room. The room will breathe when you get rid of the things that you no longer use.

Create a list with three categories:

  • Must definitely keep
  • Things to toss/donate
  • And treasure for a sale

Removing clutter in the space reveals the room potential.

We all have things in our space we know we can’t stand, but we haven’t gotten the courage to remove them from our sight.

After the room is clear of the clutter, then proceed to take pictures of items with your phone.

The pictures we take, we will need them later on. The captures, we will add them on the vision board.

Create with emotions and activities

How do you want the space to make you feel? What are you going to do in the space? Who will use the space? is the space for entertaining?

Is the place for relaxation? Is the space for watching tv? Is the space for reading? Is the space for working? Is it a multifunctional space?

Answering these questions will direct your choices on the things you will want to see in the space. We could incorporate a desk in the living room if we are also using this area as a workspace.

A seating area around the tv tells that the main activity in the space is tv watching. A long comfortable sofa may translate to relaxation, a place to lounge after a long work day.


Determine how you will experience your space, check your closet

Our closet will give us pointers on the colour we are able to tolerate.

What colour we like? Which colour is our go- to colour for our outfits? Do we even have colour in our closet?

What do we wear that uplift our spirit? Do we love to dress up? Do we have a more laid-back look?

Think about how the outfits on your closet makes you feel.

If it is a vibe that you love, bring this vibe in your space.

Select the colour that are going with the emotion that you want to space to convey. Red to most brings energy in a room, but to other it can frustrate them.

Pick a colour that speak to you from your closet, and build around that, because it is your space. warm or cold colours? It is your pick.

How will you characterize your style? Is it modern? Feminine? Masculine? Bring These elements in the space.

Items with sharp are masculine, and feminine are furniture with curves.

Think materials and textiles

Are you seeing smooth or rough things in the space? how are they incorporated? How is it working with the space?

smooth materials make a space feel comfy.

Bring in an ambiance with materials like metals, stone and textures that are either soft or rough.

If you know your style, start collecting images for inspirations.



A home is what you make of it!

An inspired timeless space does not mean compromising on style.

 It should show who we are what we value, and our taste. let’s learn to create rooms that move, and inspire us.

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