5 Ways to Get Your Room's Design to Click Into Place

5 Ways to Get Your Room's Design to Click Into Place

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 28, 2015

You know that gnawing feeling in a room? You've bought all your major furniture pieces, hung all your art, added in a few plants but something just isn't "clicking" into place. The room isn't feeling like it's working or quite like how you envisioned. Try one of these ideas if you've got a room in design limbo.

1. Shop your home first to fill in design gaps

If you have a room where you still feel like something is "missing," you might try shopping your space before shopping a store. If you've had an empty spot you haven't filled yet, from a needed extra seat to a storage furniture piece to an art piece, you might be suffering from "I'm not sure what to put there." By shopping your space first — taking something from another room to stick in your gap — you know it'll be an element you already like, and since you already like it, chances it'll work with the room's style. Then you can start with a fresh design gap in another room (where you took the piece from) and have a new design problem to figure out (that won't be the same one that's been sticking you) that you might be able to figure out easier.

2. Watch your woods

The wood in your home, from floors to walls to furniture pieces, can have a bigger impact on the look and feel of your space than you might realize. And if they're mismatching or fighting with each other, you could be creating tension in a room and not even realize it. Read our advice on mixing wood tones and then take a real look at your room in question to see if making an adjustment to a piece's finish might make it "click" with the rest of the room more.

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3. Find your balance

Balance is not about making things perfectly match on either side of an invisible line. It's about creating design moments that complement one another so that a room doesn't feel visually weighted any in one spot. When there is too much visual weight in one spot, you can introduce unintentional tension, which can make a room feel aggressive and unwelcoming. But by working on creating balance, you create rooms that embrace you with elegance.

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4. Go higher

We tend to decorate where we are. And since most of us don't tower all the way to our rooms' ceilings, we don't always consider placing design elements that high. But by going higher, you prevent a room from feeling too squatty by having all its visual weight near the bottom half of the room. Decorating up high helps bring the eye upward, elongating a space and making it feel taller than it is.

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5. Create a design echo

A room in your home might not be "clicking" because it's not connecting...with the rest of your home. You don't have to have a space where all the rooms' styles are the exact same, but "echoing" design elements from room to room can help make a home feel cohesive and connected.

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