Creating a living space is not as easy as just putting a few things in a room. At one point or another, we have stepped into a room and thought, this space doesn’t feel quite right. Maybe it’s bare, maybe it’s too loud, or maybe it is the dreaded… Tacky.
We all like to think we don’t have a tacky living space, but when we feel an emotional bond to that statement table or original art, we can be blind to their real charm, or lack thereof. When creating your living space, tick off the following to avoid a tacky end product.
The right furniture
This may seem a no-brainer. But how many times have you sunk down into a lumpy sofa, dined on stiff chairs, and found the ratio of furniture to room space just not right? All too often. Your first priority when designing your space would be to secure the right sofas in Melbourne. It can be tempting to get something second-hand, but this piece will anchor the entire room and will be where you relax and spend a huge chunk of your time.
The five-year rule
Will I still love this in 5 years? Take a look around your living space and ask that question of every piece of furniture, art, decoration, and even ask it of the paint on the walls. To be changing your design every few years is not sustainable, and often the time between noticing you need to make a change and making one can be too long. Always stick to the classics, and try to avoid trends where possible. We all get a little carried away when changing up a room, but make sure the choices you are making will last the distance and stand up against the critic of your future self and guests.
Injection of culture
Art has a way of telling the world a little about ourselves, without us having to do so. It also brings life and intrigue to your home, particularly your living space. You don’t have to be an art dealer in the know to select something beautiful; beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all. Remember that before you buy something that doesn’t speak to you on any level.
Selecting art could be a task that could turn tacky, so make sure you are not just choosing the most eye-catching piece. Before you start scouting some bare walls to hang your wall-art piece, remember you can always choose an ornament, statue or anything else.
Less is more
We’ve heard this our whole lives. But sometimes it’s worth hearing just once more. Balance and feng shui is the currency of design and livability. These things can only be reached if your living space is balanced and not too heavy or bare. If you can’t look at your space objectively, walk into space with the eyes of a guest like you are seeing it for the first time.
If your eyes are darting all over the room and there is no clear direction of how to get to the next room, or which way to seat and where – you may need to subtract a few things. Tell your family that the coffee table is only for things about that room, and not a place to leave excess clutter. This will keep your space in check and give you a much more easy cleanup.
There is so much inspiration out there to help you achieve the most incredible living space, with nothing tacky about it! Deciding on the look and then selecting the right furniture will set the wheels in motion, and then it will be a case of value adding. Avoid anything that will date as that can become tacky very quickly.