There’s no doubt about it – there’s definitely a difference between a professional designed space and one that is just thrown together. While artistic flare and vision for design definitely play a role in this difference, there are a few decorating rules you can follow to give your home a more professional look:

1.    Maintain a common theme through out

A home should be viewed as one entity. This means every room should be tied to the next through a common theme. While this doesn’t mean you have to stick to the same paint colour throughout, you may want to consider colours that are part of the same palette. In addition, if your style is mid-century modern in one room, you probably don’t want to go country in another.

2.    Create a sense of balance.

There are essentially three forms of “balance” you should consider when designing your home: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial symmetry. Most of us are familiar with symmetrical balance – it’s when one side of the room is an exact mirror image of the other. Asymmetrical balance is when the items on opposing sides of the room are different but balanced. So, in the case of a living room, for example, instead of having two love seats facing each other, you would have one love seat and two smaller accent chairs. Radial symmetry is a little more difficult to achieve – it’s when everything in the room is arranged around a centre point.

3.    Avoid boredom.

Creating an interesting space is all about determining a focal point and paying attention to the details. A focal point can be anything that draws the eye in – from a spectacular view to a fireplace. If you don’t have a natural focal point, you can draw attention to a wall (by painting it a contrasting colour) or highlighting a piece of unique furniture.

Details also add an important sense of visual stimulation to a space. Try to find items – such as flowers, fruit bowls, sculptures or other decorative items – that will provide visitors with something interesting to look at that ties the theme of the room together.