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6 Decorating Tips for a Unique and Personalized Space

Interior designer Jie Pambid shares accessorizing ideas for an old house or a rented home

Photography: Pat Martires (Main Photo)

For homeowners on a limited budget, it may be difficult to create a beautiful space. Thankfully, you can instantly improve any area without spending too much. All you need are a few well-chosen and carefully-placed home decor.

If you don’t know how and where to begin, here are a few practical reminders to consider.

Decorate every area in the home

No room in the house should be left bare! If your intention is to inject a little personality in your space, you should always place little knick-knacks here and there. You can display accessories in the foyer, stairways, and bathrooms. 

In this bathroom, architect Kathleen Henares bought in woven baskets to provide storage options. She also completed the space with an accent chair: a solihiya seat.

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Create a focal point on a wall

One of the easiest ways to change a space is to adorn a plain wall with a framed photograph, a piece of fabric, or something that you made yourself.

In this case, a painting above the bed makes a simple bedroom seem so much more interesting. 

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Use three-dimensional objects for depth and variety

Clocks, mirrors, plants, plaques, and shelves add needed height and length to a room. Sometimes, a frame alone can even serve as a focal point.

In this dining room, a mirror with an ornate frame in a vibrant shade against a simple wall becomes the most arresting sight.

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Place accessories at eye level

Make sure that the center of your wall art is placed at eye level. This means that you can easily see the middle of the wall art without looking up or down. 

In this living room, the wall is adorned with a set of four framed prints. In decorating your own space, you can place the wall art and take a step back to see if it's just right.

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Do not go overboard

Once you start decorating, it may be tempting to add too many things! You can create a lived-in look without making the space seem overcrowded. In order to do this, you must control yourselfif you can't control your buying habits, you should control the arrangement! Don't fill your shelves and tables. Leave spaces for the wall to peek through and for the table to be appreciated.

In this living room, the coffee table still has enough room for a cup of coffee and more. If you are decorating your own area, you can take it one small step at a time. You can place a few items here and there and evaluate how it looks first.

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Place accessories carefully

So, how exactly do you avoid a cluttered look? Play with different textures, colors, and shapes but leave enough space between the items!

Click here to read more tips on how to organize your shelves.

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