Bet you didn't realize that a few little things would create major messes.Everyone knows the key to a livable, functioning home is to first keep it clutter-free. But are your drawers, closets, cabinets, and cupboards perfectly organized and your home still feels disheveled? Or just…off-kilter? Mini design mistakes could be to blame. Adjusting just a few things you may not have thought to before could be the key to a settled, visually stunning, and organized home. The home is a whole of many parts, and neglecting just a few areas throws off the entire vibe. Small accents, like tabletop décor, rugs, art, and your tech gear (and dreaded cables!) all add up to a negative or positive influence on a room. So to help you conquer the nuance and nitty-gritty of organized home design, we've corralled some do's and don'ts, and photos of particularly beautiful, orderly rooms. For even more inspiration and how-to's, check out our small space organizing tips.
First, of course, are the largest objects in a room: the furniture. The two things to think about here are scale and placement. Furniture that is too large for a room overwhelms it; ensure your furniture is appropriate for your room size and the other pieces in that room. Next, allow some furniture to float. Having all your pieces shoved against walls disallows natural flow through the room.
Next, think about textiles. Ill-fitted slipcovers guarantee a messy look. Neatly fold and smooth out throw blankets. And last but certainly not least, carefully fluff throw pillows. Check out design and style expert Phoebe Howard’s guide to arranging sofa pillows.
This is the first space guests will see. It should be inviting, functional, and a representation of your family’s home. One of our favorite tips? “My mother always had a red Oriental rug in our front hall to take Virginia’s dark red clay soil off your feet,” says Bunny Williams. “She’d say, ‘Look at the color of your soil, and get a rug with that background.’ ”
Tech cables, cords, and plugs are the bane of contemporary existence. Alas, can’t live with them, can’t live without them. But you can also hide them. If you can, tuck the TV away in an armoire or arrange a gallery wall around it.
An appropriately sized rug can make a room feel polished and sometimes even bigger than it is. While smaller rug sizes can be much cheaper, splurging for the 8x10, 9x12, or largest size appropriate for your space can save you in the long run. The right size rug, plus thoughtful furniture placement, adds up to a clean, pulled-together room.