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.

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Dining room furniture

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Venna Dining room

A luxury solution for the living room, the collection Louis white and gold includes dining room and living room. Characterised by finishing white over gold, the imposing dining table and the coordinated chairs are realized with particularly elaborated artisan shapes. The attention to the details and the elegance of the style make this collection a unique experience.

Importance of Classy Dining

Dining tables are considered to be the centre of any home, as they have multifunctional purposes that must be taken into account: people eat here, they have private conversations at the table, birthdays are celebrated at the dining table, the family organizes board games here and so on.

Do I really need a dining table?

Dining table. Like a sofa, a dining table is typically considered a household essential — but it doesn’t have to be. If you don’t mind sitting on the floor, a coffee table may suffice. In fact, in some cultures, a simple low table is the norm.

 

The Classic B Sofa

The Classic Sofa

It is a well-known thing that the sofa is the protagonist of each living room in classic style. The choice of the stuffing has a particular importance. Among different variants of furniture for a living room in classic style, the sofa Classic B is no doubt one of the most elegant.

Just look at the back of the particular shape of wave, the great arms seem curved towards the inside. The centre set, very particular so elegant and refined, adapts without any difficulties to each environment.

Moreover, the sofa is carved and gilt wood is used, it is rich in carvings with black and gold finish. The gold is one of the recurrent elements of this living room in classic style:

PICKING LIVING ROOM FURNITURE (PART 1)

Your living room is a very important space. It is here that your family spends the most time together and also where most of your guests will be entertained. Hence, choosing furniture that creates a pleasant, welcoming appearance as well as withstands the wear and tear of everyday life is paramount to designing a living room that is both attractive and functional.

You can start by Picking Pieces

  • Start with the basics. Most living rooms contain a sofa, armchair, side table, and coffee table. Look for these basic elements before adding extra pieces such as ottomans and additional tables.
  • Buy investment pieces. Look for solid furniture with sturdy wood frames and sinuous steel springs. High-quality pieces may cost a little more, but they tend to hold up better and last longer
  • Look for high-quality, stain-resistant fabrics. Luxurious, high-quality materials will keep you feeling more comfortable and tend to last longer than cheaper fabrics. Stain-resistant fabrics are especially useful if you have young children, but they might still be a good idea even if you only plan on using the space for guests since spills and stains can happen to anyone.
  • Look for cushions made of wrapped foam. Foam is comfortable and durable. Some cushions may be filled with down, but down usually breaks and wears quickly.
  • Test the strength of the frame. Lift one leg of the piece about six inches (15 centimeters) off the floor. If the adjacent leg has not risen as well, the frame is too flexible and too flimsy.

More on this article in our next post, watch out for picking a living room furniture (part 2) on www.louisvalentino.net/blog

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