5 Genius Tips You Need To Know Before Decorating Your Home



Just 5 days before Christmas, my family and I moved into our new home. We had spent the last 5 years saving up for this home and spent the last year going through the building process.

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We sold most of our furniture before we moved, so this house has been a clean slate for me. I was so excited to decorate and add personal touches to make this house a home . . .

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Then I sat looking at this blank slate and felt so overwhelmed. I had NO idea where to even start in this decorating process!

I decided to start with my family room, as this is the room where we spend the most time. My main floor is just one big open area – my kitchen, dining room, and family room are all connected – and I needed to make it a space that was comfortable and inviting. The family room area is kind of a different shape (long and skinny), so I wasn’t sure what kind of furniture would fit best in there. I had always envisioned a big, curved sectional, but there was just no way it was going to fit into the shape of this room!

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That is when I reached out to La-Z-Boy and the free in-home design service that they offer . . . because heaven knew that I needed help!


I know what you are thinking . . . La-Z-Boy just does those big over-stuffed recliners, right? That’s what I thought too! But I met some of their designers at a conference this past year and we started talking about all the things that La-Z-Boy offers . . . besides recliners, they have custom-made sofas, sectionals, chaises, accent chairs, ottomans, love seats, tables, accessories and more!! They can pretty much design and decorate any room in your home.

Besides their huge selection of furniture, the feature that hooked me was the FREE in-home design – you can come to them or they can come to you, whatever is best for you (you can find a store near you HERE)! I had the chance to work with Jill Morse, one of La-Z-Boy’s Interior Designers. This woman knows her stuff!

I started talking to Jill about things that everyone needs to know before they start decorating their house and she gave me these 5 tips that I thought were brilliant and wanted to share them with you today:

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What is the function of this space? Is it a TV room? A sitting room? What activities will happen here? Is it for entertaining? Knowing the answer to these questions will determine what type of furniture we will use in the space and the durability of the material.

For me, my family room will be the place where we hang out; definitely a high traffic area!! And with three kids under the age of 8, I am going to be needing some extremely durable furniture!

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By knowing how many people will be using this room at any given time will determine how much furniture we will need. A little furniture can really do a long way if you plan accordingly.

For me, we are a family of 5 and I knew that I wanted seating for at least 5. However, we don’t always want to be sitting right next to each other and when people come over to visit, I need room for them also. I ended up deciding that I would love to have seating for 7 people at any given time.


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If it’s a family room, probably start with a sofa or sectional and go from there. It’s much easier to add accent pieces, colors, pillows, etc once your biggest piece is in place. When planning out this piece, also think about your entrances and exits into the room. You want to leave a couple of different ways that you are able to get in and out of the room so that you don’t have to walk around your furniture every time (more about that later!).

For me, I had mentioned that I had big dreams of a large comfy sectional, so that is where I started.

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As you shop around for furniture, knowing the exact dimensions of your room and having pictures of what it looks like will help so much! Looking at furniture on a show room floor can be deceiving and many times you will get furniture that is way too big or way too small, but having a floor plan with exact dimensions will help you determine what size of furniture will be the perfect fit. Also, you can use this FREE 3D Room Planner that will help you design the perfect room!

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What colors make you smile? What fabrics are you drawn to? What inspires you? What are some examples of rooms you have seen on Pinterest or elsewhere that you want to pattern your room after?

This was such a hard thing for me . . . I wasn’t sure what my style was. I did take this little style quiz here and discovered that my style was casual chic. Who knew?!
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I like things to be warm and comforting; I felt as though I wanted this room to be welcoming to anyone who came into our house and I feel like this style is exactly what I need.

So, with these tips under my belt, I felt so much more prepared to start the decorating process . . .
I am pretty excited with how it’s turning out- next week I will post an update!


A big thank you to Jill Morse from La-Z-Boy for helping me design my family room and sharing these tips with me! For more tips and ideas about interior decorating, be sure to check out La-Z-Boy’s Interior Designer blog: Design Meets Comfort.

This post is part of a collaboration with La-Z-Boy and I received product in exchange for this post, but the reviews and opinions are 100% honest and are my own.






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26 Responses to “5 Genius Tips You Need To Know Before Decorating Your Home”

  1. judy wilson
    Your tip to start with the largest piece of furniture I want to put in my living room and build around it could make designing it much easier. I can see how it would be pretty easy to buy a couch and use that as an element that will dictate how I design my living room. I'll try that out by buying a sofa and start adding accent pieces, colors, and pillows that will pull everything in the room together.
  2. Sarah Anderson
    How will it be used and by how many are good points to consider when designing a room. If it's going to be the TV/entertainment room, it should have somewhere to sit and a TV/games. Of course you can add other things if you wish, but try not to make it seem all cluttered.
  3. Brooke McAvoy
    Wow these pictures are lovely, you definitely have a knack for interior decorating! I like your tip about keeping in mind how many people you need to be seating. My family growing up was pretty big, and we never seemed to have enough couch space for everyone. Taking a floor plan also sounds like a great way for me to picture what I am buying and how it will fit. Thank you for such a helpful article!
  4. Lillian Schaeffer
    This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to start with the largest piece of furniture and build around it. My husband and I just moved into our first house, so I'm really excited to decorate everything, but like you, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'll definitely use the largest piece of furniture in each room as a starting point, then I'll kind of build around that until I have all of the decor and furnishings figured out. Thanks for the great post!
  5. Thank you for providing this information about the things one needs to know before decorating a home. It is a good idea to think about how many people will use the room. It would be best to get an adequate amount of seating. Something else to consider would be to hire a professional to get a second opinion on thoughts and ideas on decor plans.
  6. I really like your tip about starting with the largest piece of furniture when decorating a room and then building around it. I have a hard time decorating a room so that my wife likes it. But I'm renovating our house and I want to have it decorated and finished by the time she sees it, so this will be really helpful to me so that it's up to her standards. Thanks for sharing!
  7. You mentioned that as you shop for furniture, for your home, that it helps to take your floorplans with you. My husband and I had an easier time imagining what the furniture we were interested in purchasing for our home would look like when we took our floorplans to the furniture stores with us. I will have to share these home decorating tips with my husband since we have more projects in our home's future.
  8. Katie Dunn
    I'm going shopping for new home decor today, and so I am so glad that you mentioned taking pictures of the room and having them at the ready when I go shopping. I definitely think that it would be very helpful for knowing the dimensions. However, I also think that it would be good so that I could keep the textures and colors that are used in my current design and be able to find things that go with the room. http://www.aqueensway.com/decor.html
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  10. Georgina Winter
    The best part of your article for me is when you talked about how you should consider the function of the space in order to figure out the type of furniture that you will use in that area. My 1-month vacation will start tomorrow, and I'm looking to beautify the house. For me, your suggestion to know the purpose of the space will really help a lot to help me decide what are the things that I need to buy. I will make sure to remember all your tips so I can make my shopping list of home decors and furniture. http://www.treasureshopgallery.com/decor.html
  11. Allen Stillinger
    I like how you said in this article that adding accent pieces, colors, and pillows are much easier once the largest piece of furniture is in place. That helped me quite a lot because I'm planning to redecorate the house for the Christmas season. Since almost every part of the house has a large furniture the needs to be present I know following that guide will make things easier. Though I think it will be much better if I just hire a decorator to help me out. Thank you for sharing. http://sharonmccormickdesign.com/what-we-do/
  12. Isabelle Reed
    I like how you sell all the furniture before moving into your new place. New place, new furniture and other home decor stuff sound like a good plan. Thanks for your guide! I love decorating my home, I find new ways to decorate it. Always in the search of new ideas or home items to decor. Because of this hobby, I chose my profession in this too. Many of you are unaware of these beautiful Himalayan Salt Lamps, they are incredibly versatile and can easily adapt to any style of interior. I invite to visit Saltean's website when you have a chance. You’re definitely going to love the product. www.saltean.com
  13. Sharon Wilson-Smith
    I like that you talked about how determining the number of people that will use the given room can help you to know how much furniture you will need. My husband and I recently bought a new house, and I'm looking to decorate it before we move. It's important for me to know how much decorations and furniture I will need to shop so I can plan accordingly. Since our family is big, your tips are absolutely helpful. I will make sure to consider all your tips. http://www.lisaandjim.com/decor.html
  14. Latoya Anderson
    Your statement in your article about how you should consider the number of people that will be using the room to determine how much furniture you will need appealed to me the most. My sister and I are doing some changes in our house, We're looking to shop for new decor accents and sets of furniture for it. Since we often schedule family meetings and we have a big family, it will make sense for us to consider our number when choosing how much furniture we will need at every space in our house. Thanks for sharing this. http://www.kenstreasureshop.com/decor/decor-top.html
  15. Patricia Wilson
    My favorite part of this article is when you mentioned that in home decoration, it is best to determine the purpose of the room first. Now that we have three kids, my husband and I decided to move into a bigger home. Just like what you did, we also sold most of our old stuff so that we can start fresh in this new house. I'm really glad that I came across this article when I did. Otherwise, I think I would've done a messed up job decorating it. All I have to do now is to shop for home decors online. This should allow me to spend more time with my kids on the weekends. Thanks a bunch! http://www.soloswansgiftshop.com/decor.html
  16. Pamela Brown
    The best part of your blog for me is when you suggested determining the function of the space in your house that you'd like to decorate so it will be easy for you to find the best furniture that you can use to decorate it. My husband and I are thinking of doing some changes in our house. There's a particular part of our house that we're thinking of converting into an entertainment area or family room. I will make sure to talk to my husband so we can finalize how we want to use our space to find the best furniture for it. Thanks! http://www.lindahaleygifts.com/decor.html
  17. Emery Jean Chambers
    It sure was nice how you suggested going for my own style and picking decor themes that make me smile or that attracts my attention when choosing the best one. If so, then I guess I should go for living room decor that is somewhat vintage in nature. After all, a farm-like atmosphere is what I am attracted to do the most. Thanks for the help! https://pinkpigwestport.com/
  18. Chloe Sanchez
    I love that you've mentioned making a floor plan, that's very genius! It's one of the best ways to decorate easily since you won't have to picture your space inside your head. This has made me very excited and I cannot wait until the day of shopping and redecorate. Cheers! http://www.mytreasures.co/decor.html

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