How to decorate a Nigerian Home in 8 steps

How do you make your space look its best while reflecting your personal sense of style? Moving into a new home can be one of life’s great joys, but it can also be a time of uncertainty, especially when it comes to decorating. Do it well and you’ll end up with a comfortable, happy home. Do it poorly and you’ll end up with a hodge-podge of furniture, fabrics and paint colors that never congeal into a pleasing whole. With a little planning, and by following the same steps used by professional interior designers, you’ll have a much greater chance of success.  

Here are 8 steps to follow when decorating a Nigerian home.

  1. Don’t be in a hurry to buy furniture.

Don’t go shopping in a panic, just because you have an empty home. Yes, you need a sofa. But if you pick the blue-striped coral sofa just because you like it in the store, without taking measurements or thinking about the rest of the room, you’re stuck with it. The rest of the room will have to be built around that sofa, and if it’s too large for the space it will look awkward. 

Start in the room you’re looking to furnish, armed with a measuring tape and a notepad. 

  • Know Your Measurements

Matching the scale of furniture to the scale of a room is critical. Before you start designing, measure the length and width of each room you intend to decorate, along with the ceiling height and elements that could get in the way – stairs, columns, radiators and other obstructions. A deep sectional sofa can easily overpower a small room and svelte chairs can get lost in a wide-open loft. It’s also a good idea to measure window openings, along with the wall space below, above and to the sides of each one, to get ready for window coverings. 

Carefully measuring your space can help avoid such as buying sofas that don’t fit in the room, sofas that don’t fit through doorways, tables that are too small, desks that are too big, nightstands that hang into the doorway.

  • Make a Floorplan

Once you have the measurements of your room, it’s time to put them to use with a floor plan that gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire home.

One option is to draw a floor plan the old-fashioned way, with paper, a pencil and a ruler. However, most professional designers use drafting software like AutoCAD. In between those two extremes are apps that aim to make it easy for homeowners to create simple floor plans (some even automate measurements with your smartphone’s camera, but double-check those numbers), including MagicplanFloor Plan Creator and RoomScan Pro.

Once you have the outline of the space, start experimenting with the placement of furniture, making sure that the footprint of each piece is scaled to match the size of the drawing. 

  • Decide How You Want to Live

This is the tricky part, and there are no right or wrong answers. Rooms can be traditional or modern, formal or relaxed, and visually warm or cool. “To the best of your ability, you have to try to discern how you would like to live in a given space,” said Ms. Hampton. “What will you be doing? How many people live there? Are there children? What are your ambitions for how you would like to live?” 

The decoration of a home for someone who regularly hosts large dinner parties, for instance, should be different from a home for someone who eats out at restaurants every night. The person who plans to host lavish fundraisers should have a different living room than the person who dreams only of crashing in front of the TV. 

  • Imitate the Pros

Look in design books and magazines, as well as at online resources like HouzzPinterest and Instagram to sharpen your personal style. “Figure out the style that you respond to most,” said Brad Ford, an interior designer in New York City, and develop a dossier of favorite images. 

Once you have images you like, study the details, advised Mr. Kleinberg. “See where pattern is used versus where solids are used, and where color can be used successfully or not,” he said. It will also help inform everything from the type of furniture you might like to a potential strategy for window coverings.  

  • Tape It Out on the Actual Floor

To take ideas on a floor plan one step farther, use painter’s tape in the real space to outline where furniture will be placed on floors and against walls. 

“We use blue tape on the floor to box out different elements,” said Anne Maxwell Foster, an owner of the New York interior design firm Tilton Fenwick. “Where will the rug be? Does it need to be cut? How far is the coffee table coming out? Even though we have everything down to a sixteenth of an inch on a furniture plan, there’s something helpful about visualizing it in the space, and being able to walk around.”

  • Create a Budget

There’s no getting around the math: If you splurge on an unexpectedly expensive chair, you’ll have less money available for the rest of the home. “You want to make sure you’re being strategic about how you spend your money,” said Mr. Ford. “A budget gives you a roadmap for how to divide the costs of things between rooms.” You can still make an exception if you find a one-of-a-kind dining table, he noted, but in order to pay for it you have be thoughtful about where else you can cut back. 

  • Plan the Phases

Finishing drywall, refinishing hardwood floors and painting ceilings is all messy work. If at all possible, it’s better to have this type of work completed before moving any furniture or accessories into the space.

Wallpapers! The New Rave in Town…

You have probably noticed the new trend of recent homes and offices with walls that make open space stand out even with the barest of ornaments and sparse electronics. What do they all have in common? WALLPAPERS.

There are several benefits to using wallpaper over simply painting a wall in your home or office. Perhaps, the most obvious benefit of using wallpaper is the huge variety of decorating options you have. With wallpaper, you can choose from hundreds of patterns, colors, and designs. Some wallpapers can be painted, allowing you to put some texture in the room while still adding your favorite paint color. You can even vary the way the wallpaper is placed in the room. Some rooms look great with a wallpaper border in the room, while others look best with a full wallpapering. As a homeowner, the wallpaper becomes an extension of your personality.

 

 

For rooms where the walls are prone to get dirty, wallpaper is a great option as most of today’s wallpapers are coated so that they wipe clean from common household marks! Also besides being easy to clean, the patterns on the paper will help hide dirt and smudges. This makes your wall covering more durable than some paints, which fade over repeated scrubbings.

Finally, wallpaper can hide blemishes in the wall’s plaster far better than a coat of paint. There are many benefits to wallpaper. The key is to get the right wallpaper for the job!

Table setting tips

Today, the setting of the dining table is no longer seen as an essential skill or mandatory knowledge at home anymore. This could be attributed to the fact that the world as they say is a global village i.e. everyone is busy and moving fast. This skill could also come in handy when hosting family dinner or having guests for the holidays? Improve your party hosting skills with three quick and easy ways to create a proper table setting.

Specie dining

Specie Dining

Louis Valentino would be walking our guest on basic training in table settings. While we do that, we would also want to state the types of table settings, popularly known;

  1. Basic Table settings
  2. Informal Table settings
  3. Formal Table settings

Today, the tip would be focused on the basic table settings;

If you’re getting things ready for family dinner or having guests for the holidays, you might want to know how to set a table properly. For casual events, one needs just a basic table setting: cutlery (fork, knife, and spoon), a dinner plate, a water glass, and a napkin.

Basic Table Setting Instructions

  1. Put the dinner plate on the table.
  2. Lay the napkin to the left of the plate.
  3. Place the fork on the napkin.
  4. To the right of the plate, place the knife closest to the plate, blade pointing in. Place the spoon to the right of the knife. (Note: The bottoms of the utensils and the plate should all be level.)
  5. Place the water glass slightly above the plate, in between the plate and the utensils.

Visit Louis Valentino Today for this family dining.

 

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