DIY – 1- hour decorating:

Fast and easy rearranging tips to create the home you have always wanted

By Jeanine Hanson

If you are feeling that the rooms in your home look a bit uncoordinated but you don’t know where to begin, here are a few tips that may make all of the difference. Using these decorating principles, in just one hour you can transform a room to give it structure and a true sense of design.

IDENTIFY THE FOCAL POINT OF THE ROOM. Every room needs a striking focal point. In the living room you might use an obvious architectural feature such as a picture window or a fireplace. You can create a focal point with a heavy piece of furniture, a large framed mirror, a grouping of art or photos, or a decorative screen. Whatever you choose for your focal point, it will become your visual anchor to help hold your room together.

ARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE TO SUPPORT YOUR FOCAL POINT. This focal point becomes most effective if the furniture in this room is grouped around it. Examples are: a sofa opposite a large window flanked with two club chairs, two loveseats facing each other on either side of a fireplace or a small table between two chairs with a painting over the table.

USE PAIRS OF ITEMS TO ADD SYMMETRY. Two accent chairs similar in size and color can be presented as a pair. Two end tables that are similar in shape and finish, even if they are not an exact match, can work well together. Table lamps look best if they are the same height and have matching shades. Look around your home to find other accessories you can pair up: candle sticks, throw pillows, or similar-sized photos in matching frames. Often we buy items in pairs and later split them up, using one of the mates in another room. Reunite them and restore a sense of balance to your room.

DISPLAY YOUR TREASURES. Use pieces that have real meaning to you. This is what brings life to your home. Objects you have collected or purchased while traveling, favorite heirlooms, art created by family members, personal photos and meaningful books can be exhibited in numerous ways. Whether it is a small piece of family china or a large antique armoire, incorporate these prized possessions into your rooms to make your home really feel like home.

To make your decorating decisions even easier, photograph your room before making any changes. Take pictures from every angle and have them printed. This allows you to take one step back and assess your rooms as if they belong to someone else. Set aside these photos for a few days, then take another look; you may be surprised with what you discover about your room design.

Have some fun with this. See what a difference you can make in your home decor in just one hour!


Jeanine Hanson, owner of The Organizers, has been helping clients clear clutter, organize, feng shui and redecorate their  homes, using what they already own, since 1993. Jeanine holds a B.A. in Art from UW, is a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui, San Diego, CA, a member of the Interior Redecorators Network (IRN), New York City, and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She has researched home environments across the globe. Jeanine was previously an owner of the Ovens of Brittany restaurants and bakeries for 20 years.

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 Published in Nature’s Pathways Magazine, October 2014