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4 Essential Decor Elements to Every Room

(4 min read) See, as much as I’d like to start this post with “I was visiting so and so the other day blah blah blah”, I can’t do that with a clear conscience. First of all, we all know it would be a blatant lie because the world is quarantining and secondly, it would send a bad message to everyone out there who are trying their best not to leave their homes. On the same note, I figure this type of post will do us some good, because we are bound to get sick of our home interiors at this point, so some renovations will be in order once all of this is over.

Breathe lighting decor elevates the bedroom decor
A perfect message for this time, Visualizer: Karina Urbańska Karina Urbańska

So, I was working on answering some Quora questions the other day and this particular one really piqued my interest: What are the important components of a great room? Of course, at first, I wanted to argue that the answer depends on the type of room. There’s a huge difference between the important components of bedrooms and those of a living room. Keeping that in mind, that answer would be quite valid. But, me being me and not wanting to let things go, I started thinking… The question itself sounds like it demands a universal answer, not a divisive one. Soooo, what are some universal components?


1. Symmetry

The human eye loves proportion and symmetry in faces and physical objects. I mean, just look at Harry Styles! Am I right? Rooms are no exceptions. That basically means that all of the furniture, decor, and art pieces should be in perfect harmony in every part of the room. Having too many objects on one side of the room and empty space on the other, will disrupt its harmony and make it look less hospitable and inviting.

Symmetry makes a living room perfect
Perfect symmetry in a living room. Image via Decoraid

Balanced living room interiors
Well balanced living room symmetry. Image via Anne Hepher

2. Light

The lighting solution is of the utmost importance for any space. If a room is beautifully designed but it has poor lighting, all of the effort invested in its design and decoration will remain virtually unnoticed. Kinda like an average Instagram model without the humongous lips. If she doesn’t have any, is she really and Instagram model? It’s the same with the lighting. Lighting can make or break a room. Too bright lighting can give a room artificial quality and make it look “plastic” and hostile. Lighting solutions should be added carefully and they are best applied when done by a professional.

Living room lighting is part of a great home decor.
Proper living room lighting.

Gorgeous living room lighting
Interesting living room lighting. Image via Lightology.

3. Color

We’ve talked about the importance of color in home-interior several times in this blog and although the approaches have been different in each post, the advice is always pretty much the same. Unlike trends and styles, the science of color isn’t ever-changing, and while you can experiment and apply different colors to different spaces, you should keep the psychology of each color in mind. For example, red entices appetite, orange is great for enhancing creativity and enthusiasm.

Red is gorgeous for kitchen interiors.
Red is perfect for kitchen interiors.

Green natural marble is ideal for bedrooms.
Green can be ideal for bedrooms. Image via 33bY Architecture

4. Art

Every room should have a focal point and that focal point should be an art piece. Just like with every other thing, it is important to not overdo it. Too much art can make your room look tacky. it is best to choose just one piece that is interesting enough to draw attention without looking imposing. Mosaic artwork will do an impeccable job as a focal point of any type of room. Depending on the size of the room you can opt for anything from intricate details and subdued colors to vibrant tones and simplistic design. Mosaic artwork will never fail to capture the attention of visitors, so you can’t go wrong with mosaic art. Well… I dunno if Kevin Bacon mosaic made of bacon would go well above your bed, but… You know what, scratch that. Whatever floats your boat! Who am I to judge …

Gorgeous Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab
Mosaic artwork as a focal point. Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.

Glass mosaic backsplash as a focal point. Mosaic Art by Mosaics Lab.

Unrelated content to marvel over while in quarantine:

  • All this talk about “universal components” got me thinking about the Universal Soldier 1,2 and 3. There’s something to binge-watch and be judgmental about while self-isolating
  • Imagine Harry Styles as a room. If he was a room what room would he be and how would he be decorated? Gucci covers and fishnet drapes? Hmm…
  • Life-size Kevin Bacon made of bacon… *insert heart-eyes Sponge Bob gif here
Harry Styles mosaic artwork by Jason Mecier.
Harry Styles mosaic made of candy (yum, yum). Harry Styles candy portrait by artist Jason Mecier.

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85 Comments

  1. Nina Bashaw
    April 29, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Yes to number 2! Lots of natural light is KEY to making a room feel bigger and cleaner!

  2. Lydia
    April 29, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I fully agree with the ‘light’ that you mentioned! I have moved house a lot, and I have noticed that my favourite houses have all had a lot of natural light coming in! Brilliant post by the way.

  3. Amber Myers
    April 29, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Light and color are big ones from me. There are many rooms I want to re-do if we get the extra funds. Luckily most of them do have the light! I just need more color.

  4. E
    April 29, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Wonderful essentials for interior / room decoration, including art all the tips are important.

  5. Stephanie
    April 29, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    For me, light and symmetry are most important. Or, at least, a room needs to feel balanced if not symmetrical. But having a lot of natural light during the day and low mood lighting at night makes a room so comfortable.

  6. Joline
    April 29, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    We have a friend who’s a professional decorator who did our house when we moved in 2 years ago. He’s all about symmetry but breaking it too, you know? Like a nice piece to break the monotony. But everything still has to tie together.

  7. Adrienne
    April 29, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’m still working on decorating my home after a complete renovation. I struggle with the art element the most.

  8. Tessa
    April 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    This is a great list! I think these are all things we can appreciate in a space. I especially find that I love lighting! Light fixtures are such a fun and functional way to dress up a room.

  9. Cristina Petrini
    April 29, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    I like all ideas, although unfortunately few would match my house, for this I would like to start again from scratch and follow only my taste. ^_^

  10. Jessica Collazo
    April 29, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I love everything white and then having splash of colors in the walls and in the wall art. I like home decor thank you for this post.

  11. Marie Phillips
    April 29, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    That’s funny. I was thinking the Harry Styles portrait looked like candy or stones. And then it was.
    Those rooms all look amazing but I would be afraid to live in them, lol.

  12. CA
    April 29, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    I think I have all of the first 3 elements but I am lacking on the last one. I’ll think about art and where it can be placed. So, that’s the missing element.

  13. Melissa Quan
    April 29, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I love the design in each one of these rooms. They all have a very unique twist. Great photos

  14. TM
    April 29, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you for this informative article! Now I know what to look for in shopping for decorations 🙂

  15. Agnes
    April 29, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    You listed very good points. Definitely, lighting can enhance the beauty of a room.

  16. Fatima Torres
    April 29, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I’m loving the combination of color and mosaics. I feel like color brings out the art in it.

  17. Ramil Hinolan
    April 29, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    This is a perfect post for home improvement. I will take this tips when I redecorate our living room soon.

  18. blair villanueva
    April 30, 2020 at 12:35 am

    I like the bold emerald green wall in a room. It gives a positive and energetic vibe that screams nature (and money!).

  19. Ayi
    April 30, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Lighting is crucial for me. I want every corner in the house to be well-lit 🙂

  20. W
    April 30, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Love to read again this post, the art is amazing, love to add in interior room decoration.

  21. yana
    April 30, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Wow these are great and it makes sense that these are four things are important. Now if only someone came and decorated my house! LOL

  22. Sarah Ann
    April 30, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Light is a big thing for me in my home. Having as much natural light as possible during the day whilst being able to create a cosy atmosphere in the evening.

  23. petra
    April 30, 2020 at 7:18 am

    I so agree. And yet, using those 4 elements, there’s are endless options to it. I love your pictures.

  24. Krysten Quiles
    April 30, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Yep sounds about right, this is so true. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!

  25. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    April 30, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Oh wow. These interior designs are just so beautiful. I wish I could own a house like that! The bedrooms and the kitchen design is really awesome. I would not mind being in lock down at all if my house was that pretty!

    • May 1, 2020 at 10:01 am

      oh Kristine, one day you will for sure….

  26. Neely Moldovan
    April 30, 2020 at 9:34 am

    YES to symmetry! Drives me nuts when there is not any! Its the main focus when we moved

  27. WE
    April 30, 2020 at 10:14 am

    All these four room decorator elements are important, Good work.

  28. Lynndee
    April 30, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Great tips! Although I like the rooms in the house to be bright and light, I do like a pop of color in some spots.

  29. Kristyn
    April 30, 2020 at 10:57 am

    The molding in that first photo of the master is gorgeous. So beautifully detailed.

  30. Steph
    April 30, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I’m in love with the first photo,from the beddings,to the decorations to the light.Everything is on point

  31. Kev S
    April 30, 2020 at 11:36 am

    I am doing some re-decorating, so this will help

  32. Britt K
    April 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Great points! Lighting is HUGE for me, especially natural light. I’m an outdoors loving person and have no desire to feel like I’m stuck indoors away from the natural environment around us. That’s why I’m so drawn to rooms with big windows.

    • May 1, 2020 at 10:01 am

      oh I love them french windows!!!! Natural light is everything to me.

  33. Ashlee
    April 30, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I’m with you on everything in this post. Love symmetry, and I’m in the Caribbean, so I neeedsss me the natural light. It would be sacrilege not to let it in and I’m also slowly getting more into the use of art and blown up photos to make the rooms feel more alive. Awesome advice and now I really wanna see Kevin Bacon as bacon artwork… what have you done? LOL

    • May 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

      lol I am so addicted to natural light, can’t live without it…

  34. Lisa
    April 30, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    We’re planning on doing a home décor refurb soon, so this came at a good time. Natural light is so important for us.

  35. Tara Pittman
    April 30, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    So many wonderful styles. I want to start my remodel project but have to wait until the covid is done

  36. Luci West
    April 30, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Great points to consider when arranging or re-arranging a room. You are so right that with all this time stuck at home, it’s especially important that the rooms feel right. I spent almost 2 hours this morning re-arranging furniture instead of working. In the end everything pretty much went back into the same spot – but all the dust was gone. And now reading your article, I realize that the problem with that room is lighting. It’s an in-between room without any windows. Thank you for the insight!

    • May 1, 2020 at 9:59 am

      I do the same Luci, EVERY DAY lol It just makes me feel better lol…

  37. Katie Lam
    April 30, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Love these tips! Super important to pay attention to the aesthetics!!

  38. Ara Patria
    April 30, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    This is a great idea indeed! As for me, I am not really good at interior design. But thanks to this, I think I’m going to follow this to redesign my interior.

  39. Hannah
    April 30, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Light is an absolute must! This is so helpful. I’m actually trying to redecorate my home and am glad I read this post.

  40. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    April 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    That fox mosaic got me. It was so amazing! It looked so alive.

  41. Bree
    April 30, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    These are all so inspiring! Great tips for interior design. I love the inspiration here!

  42. Maia BG
    April 30, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    A lack of light in a room is such a drag! I love bright natural light. It does everything to give me a mood boost, plus my house plants love it!

  43. Cel
    April 30, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    I love all of these must-haves in a room design. I like space in my home. It allows me to feel free.

  44. Cha
    May 1, 2020 at 2:50 am

    The lighting for me is really improtant as well. when i have the chance to decorate my own home, i will invest on design with natural lighting.. 🙂

  45. Ramil Hinolan
    May 1, 2020 at 2:58 am

    I like the symmetry principle in home decoration because it will give balance when it comes to your furniture pieces, the arrangement and all.

  46. Lyosha
    May 1, 2020 at 5:23 am

    For me light is the only thing I really need in my living room. everything else is not necessary. for example my entire house is monochrome and feel comfortable with it and don’t even think of changes (I have to admit that a year ago we added some wood into the living room though)

    • May 1, 2020 at 9:58 am

      In all honesty, I can’t live in a dark space, it makes me sad and gloomy.

  47. Natalia
    May 1, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Ah, it will be so useful while decorating my new flat! I hope I’ll be able to follow most of your tips in a small apartment. 🙂

  48. Margaret
    May 1, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Great interior design post. All really important aspects of a home. For me, light is probably the most important, especially since my home is kind of dark. If we ever move, it will be in a home that has tons of windows and natural light. And the art is what makes a home personal. Love, love, love the mosaics featured here. They would make such a stunning statement in a home.

    • May 1, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Thank you so much Margaret for your comment. Yep I can’t agree more, Art makes a house “home”, I have a dozen of different art items around, can’t get enough lol

  49. Jon Maldia
    May 1, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Beautiful design! I like the kitchen a lot on #3.

  50. Kevin Akidi
    May 1, 2020 at 9:02 am

    Definitely symmetry, I love colour in other things but love my house colors more neutral. Light is a must and of course art. Art adds so much to any space.

  51. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    May 1, 2020 at 10:17 am

    That Harry Styles mosiac is so cool. I definitely need a pop of colour in my room. Thank you for all these tips.

  52. Rochelle
    May 1, 2020 at 10:36 am

    I have been meaning to hang more art up on my walls. It makes such a difference!!!

  53. Catherine
    May 1, 2020 at 11:09 am

    The light in a space can really transform a room it’s crazy! Love the designs here and great elements to focus on.

  54. Melanie williams
    May 1, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I totally agree with you here on all points. In particular lighting is absolutely key for the way a room looks x

  55. Joanna
    May 1, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I am moving into a new home and the key element for decoration will be light. I need a lot of light, both natural and artificial,at night.

  56. Holly Hood
    May 1, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Your ideas are great. I agree that light and symmetry is a must in order to create some balance. Finding affordable artwork that I like is a tough job for me.

  57. Stephanie
    May 1, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I think those 4 elements are the top 4 things to consider when designing your space. I personally appreciate a house with good lighting and you’re right, what’s the use of a perfectly decorated house if you have poor lighting quality.

  58. Sophia Damasceno
    May 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I LOVE natural light. It makes such a big difference in a room.

  59. Angela Cardamone
    May 1, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I love all the looks. The kitchen is my favorite! I love the red in it, so pretty!!!

  60. Michelle
    May 1, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    I like the green bedroom. The ceiling light fixture plays well with the green wall.

  61. Nart
    May 1, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Such great ideas! I need to do something with my house. Thanks so much for sharing!

  62. Ryan
    May 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    100% on natural lighting part, it is so very important.

  63. Maysz
    May 1, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    These decor are totally amazing and elegant I love the bedroom decor so beautiful This is one of my dream bedroom 🙂

  64. Mark
    May 1, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Great post. I was looking for some ideas prior to reading this post. Thanks for sharing.

  65. TS
    May 1, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    For me, light is the most essential decor element because I really want to achieve that “natural light” look whenever I take pictures. Now really is a good time to redecorate the house, while dealing with quarantine.

  66. Christa
    May 1, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    I agree that art belongs in every room! I’m also a sucker for symmetry.

  67. NAti
    May 2, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Reading this has been so enlightening to understand home decorating a bit better! Thank you!

  68. Kez
    May 2, 2020 at 5:38 am

    Light and colour are definitely important. I know I’ve been in some house and wondered why they’d chosen their colour scheme.

  69. aisasami
    May 2, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Symmetry, art, color, and light are important fundamentals of making interior decorating pop! Thanks for the introduction and the reasons why these four elements are so important.

  70. Lina
    May 2, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for all these tips! I need all the help I can get as I have no eye for design/ decor. Thanks.

  71. P
    May 2, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Right now, I’m wishing there’s more light in our home and of course more space!

  72. Kristen V
    May 2, 2020 at 9:21 am

    These rooms are all inviting! I need an interior decorator to help me with my house! I’d love an inviting room

  73. Melissa Kane
    May 2, 2020 at 9:48 am

    I’m doing everything wrong! This has given me some great ideas as well start spring cleaning and purging our stuff that has just built up. Thank you for these ideas 🙂

  74. Solra
    May 2, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Great tips! I agree why symmetry is a very important element, balance is a big factor.

  75. Lisa
    May 2, 2020 at 10:46 am

    You make it sound so easy! I love looking at decor to get ideas, but I just can’t decorate that nicely. Even with a handy guide like this. I need to hire someone to do it for me.

  76. Melanie Walsh
    May 2, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Since we have been spending more time at home, we have decided to tackle some projects around the house including some fun room redesigns. This gave me some important things to consider when planning.

  77. Tarund
    May 3, 2020 at 1:27 am

    Oh wow. If I had rooms like that in my house, lockdown wouldn’t be so bad!

    These interior designs are just so beautiful.

  78. Louise
    May 4, 2020 at 7:11 am

    I love symmetry and nice, light homes. I had most of the rooms in my new house painted white so they look and feel much bigger 🙂

    Louise x

  79. Darlene W Townsend
    May 13, 2020 at 8:28 am

    This is a great compilation! Thanks for sharing!