Everyone has a different home style, design aesthetic, and personality that you want your home to reflect. Maybe you love vibrant colors and want to showcase that throughout your home with colorful artwork or a statement couch. Or maybe minimalism and a neutral palette is what makes your house feel like a home. Regardless of your style, there are many simple home décor ideas to bring more meaning into your space.
That’s why we’ve reached out to experts from Columbia, SC to Vancouver, CA for their best advice on creating a meaningful space with simple and easy home décor ideas. Find out what they’ve suggested so you can start decorating your home today.
Stay authentic to yourself. You don’t want a cookie cutter design or even a beautiful design if it doesn’t feel like home, if it doesn’t feel like you. We always encourage our clients to select belongings that mean something to them and bring them joy and then we will incorporate those items into the overall design to create a space that is beautiful, functional, and entirely you. – Kasia Karska Design
Make sure your home tells a story. Use candle fragrances that will tell the story you want to tell in your home. For instance, use a bakery scent to draw attention to your chef’s kitchen, use a fresh air scent to accentuate an open floor plan, or use a floral scent to compliment a gorgeous view. – Bobby Schmidt, Shortie’s Candle Company
Create a space that’s welcoming. Open up your home to friends, family and neighbors and make them feel welcome. Light a candle close to the front door to make a big impact when they walk in. Don’t feel like you need to have the same scent everywhere in your home. Mix and match. Have your scents compliment the season, fresh and earthy for spring and summer, warm and cozy for fall and winter. – Stacy Negrete, Oak Lane Candle Co.
Place candles inside larger glasses. Burning a candle inside of another clear, large glass vessel magnifies candlelight and ambiance of the room instantly. Pair this look with scents of citrus, mint, or lavender to refresh and re-energize you and your home. – Jenny Harrison, Seminole Candle Company
Keep these three things in mind. Not sure where to start with candles and asking yourself what the heck is your favorite scent? Take these three things into consideration:
1) Your home’s ambiance and which room you want your candle.
2) What purpose your candle serves whether it be to clean, add warmth and light, or just for a luxury piece.
3) Access a special place or memory that takes you back to a moment in time.
Follow the yellow brick scent categories to find what speaks to your space, get your sample on, and find your signature scent. – Broken Top Candle Company
Design with sentimental items. Surrounding yourself with items that have a personal meaning is the best way to create a successful interior. Photographs, items collected during travels or family heirlooms grouped together make for an interesting focal point. Showcase your interests; collecting old books or shells from different beaches? Show them off. A space becomes so much more intriguing if a visitor gets a true glimpse of who you really are when they enter your home. – Carina Blackburn, INTERIOR DESIGN etc
Candles belong anywhere. Candles are versatile and can be incorporated in any space in your home, indoors or outdoors. Through scent and flame, candles bring calm and serenity to any space. They remind us to slow down and enjoy the moment. For summer, bia candle co suggests Wash Away My Sins, for its clean, ozonic notes. Citron Vert is also a top choice for its zesty, energizing citrus notes. – Bia Antunes, bia candle co
Small home décor ideas create a welcoming living space. Candles aren’t always thought of for home décor but actually create a warm and welcoming feel to your home. Mixing and matching candles such as flameless, scented, unscented, different size jars, etc. add that extra touch to your décor. Do remember when picking scented candles to go with seasonal scents such as Lemon Verbena for summer or scents that are good year round such as a Leather Scented candle. – Sarah D. Allen, owner of 76008 Candle Co.
Fresh scents will brighten up any space. Choosing the right scent is so important; opt for a single clean/fresh scent that is more widely appealing rather than anything too heavy, spicy, or floral (those scents can be more polarizing), and use it throughout your home. You want to put your best foot forward, so it should be like walking into a luxury resort, not the Bath & Body Works at the mall. And don’t wait till you’re walking out the door to light them; the longer they burn the more fragrant they’ll be. – David Peters, Chandler Candle Co.
Think about matching “look and feel.” Candles are multifaceted in that you can match “look and feel” or you can choose to compliment thematic space ideas with fragrances. For “look and feel” color coordinating is the obvious choice when choosing a candle as well as selecting a vessel style that fits the look of your space. If you’re feeling adventurous choose a fragrance that matches a theme – a sea salt & orchid fragrance to go with your beach room or maybe a rustic outdoors scent for that cabin inspired man cave. – Deron Blevins, Shining Sol Candle Company
Incorporate functional versatility. Ottomans and footstools are more than just a place to put your feet. They can add a splash of needed color, as well as work as a side seat, easy storage, an accent table & bunched together as a coffee table ensemble. Small spaces need pieces with multiple uses. – Kerri Mason, Enhancing Your Habitat
Strategically place candles for maximum effect. Allow your candle to work it’s magic by placing it away from air vents and drafts. Give it a special place such as a table or desk in the center of the room or home for the best fragrance experience. – Elondia Harden, founder of ElonWick Candle Co.
Placement and personality creates the right vibe. Here at Downtown Candle Company, we design our luxurious fragrances with each client’s home or place of enjoyment in mind. Our top priority when helping narrow down the best candle choice for your space is proper placement. This allows the room to achieve the best permeation possible, which flows with the personality of the décor and of course adds to the desired vibe. – Reese, Downtown Candle Co.
Accessories should reflect your interests. In any space we design, we ensure that any elements included have meaning for our clients. When styling coffee tables and shelves, we always source accessories and book titles that tie back to our clients’ personal interests, passions and lifestyles. This way, accessories become more than just objects on a shelf – they’re conversation pieces that help tell a story about each homeowner. – Corinne Acampora, Founder and Principal Designer at Acampora Interiors
Embrace the current season. Candles can make your space smell like summer vacation. They have fragrances that will remind you of the beach, the woods or a campfire. Pair a beachy scented candle with a framed photo from your last trip to the shore and you’ll feel like you’re right back on the sand. – Melani Weber, WoodWick Candles