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Add big statement furniture pieces

This is a common mistake most homeowners make —too many small, spindly pieces in one room. A room with leggy chairs, leggy tables and lots of small knick knacks only serve to clutter the room and confuse the eye.

Instead, try for a room that is well mixed. Have a large sofa, some skirted club chairs (so you can’t see the legs) and then one or two slender arm chairs with attractive carved legs (depending on space). This is just one example, but it gives you the idea of mixing furniture styles and sizes so that the room looks balanced not too bulky and not too spindly.

Even if you are decorating a small apartment, there are plenty of decorating ideas to try. Most designers will recommend that even the smallest of rooms have one large statement piece, such as a large armoire or cabinet. A mixture of big and little is key to a successful home interior design. This rule goes with accessories, too.

Use trays, decorative bowls and baskets
Designers love to use trays, decorative bowls and sometimes baskets, to arrange collections or loose items that need a home. For a hint of glamour, try adding a glitzy gold tray to your coffee table, ottoman or side table. On top of the tray, place a pretty candle, a couple of books and a small bowl of colored stones. Little vistas such as this seem frivolous, but they are imperative to a layered, decorated aesthetic.

If you desire a more rustic approach, then try woven baskets in your home. Baskets are fabulous decorative tools that can hide a lot of clutter. Try to create these little niches throughout your home.

You will love how a tray or basket can collect bathroom soaps and perfumes, as you arrange these everyday items into a piece of displayed art.

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