Tired of looking at walls and sofas that have the same boring color? You could try adding a few dots to spice up the interiors of your house. Polka dots have made a comeback not only in clothing, but also in home décor. Here are a few ideas on how you can dot your house without making it look over-the-top.
Dot Your Walls
If you have a white wall, paint medium-sized red polka dots on it. To downplay the look and not draw too much attention to the dots, place a plush black sofa with a glass coffee table accompanying it, and let it transform your room from boring to absolutely mind-blowing.
When it comes to using dots for home décor, there is so much one can do. Right from bathrooms to bedrooms, polka dots can be used in varying combinations to accentuate the beauty of the room. As home décor is such a subjective topic, views may vary from person to person. But, what matters most is the way the ideas have been implemented, and the final look of your home.
Playing around with dots is easy, as long as you pair them with other patterns that complement them. Neutrals and stripes are actually the perfect and safest options to go for. The fun part about dots is, you can explore so many options and combinations that you will get confused as to which one to choose. For example, you are decorating your living room. So, you choose a nice red wallpaper with white dots. You actually have an option to go in for a nice, rich, blue sofa or one that is black, or even white. Plus, you have your coffee table to consider, and a small decorative piece that goes on it, to think about. See what I mean, when I say it’s confusing! Luckily for you, this DecorDezine article will give you some amazing home décor ideas that will surely ease away your confusion.
Living rooms are usually considered the main area in the house. Therefore, people are very particular about how it looks, and what others think about it. That is why, more often than not, even if someone has a brilliant idea, they opt for safe and conventional designs, like using neutrals or pastels. However, adding a small scattering of dots here and there, accompanied by stripes or solid patches of color, never harms anyone, and neither does it make the room look garish.
You have an array of ideas when it comes to decorating living rooms with polka dots. You can go for a nice, dotted wallpaper, and balance the look with a soft sofa, or you can have plain walls, with dotted curtains, blinds, rugs, sofas, and cushions. If you want to keep everything plain, then all you need to do is add in a few vases that have a polka-dotted design, filled with fresh flowers, and you are good to go. If you are hell-bent on accentuating your walls with dots, use a subtle wallpaper for only one wall, or get a few pictures of polka dots, and hang them together on the wall.
Bedrooms are the easiest rooms to decorate in the house. If you do not want to paper your walls or use rugs, you don’t need to. All you need to do is add a nice polka-dotted comforter, duvet, or even sheets, and your room will look amazing. For those who do want to revamp their room by doing up their walls, but don’t want to do all the walls, they can just select one wall, preferably the one that the bed is backed up against, and accentuate it with a few bold dots.
Apart from the walls and the bed, one can even use polka-dotted laminates for their bedroom furniture. Keep the walls neutral, dot your wardrobe, and see how beautiful your room will look. Small elements like a small, polka-dotted upholstered couch in the corner, or near the window, is also something that will add that “jazzy” look to your room. There are a vast variety of polka-dotted cushions and pillow covers available today, that you can use, if you do not want to make the dots too obvious. Keep everything neutral, and just use dotted and stripped pillows, along with a few, brightly colored cushions and bolsters, and your room will look absolutely wonderful.
Kids’ Room and Study
Decorating a kids’ room is every parent’s biggest joy, as well as worst nightmare. Every parent wants their kids’ rooms to look amazing yet delicate, something that portrays the innocence of childhood. Apart from using plain pink, blue, and yellow for the walls, one can paint large dots in these colors on white or off-white walls. If you do not want to paint the walls, then you could just highlight the door, bed, and floor instead with dots (not too many, a few large ones here and there).
A study room is the formal area in the house where one tries to concentrate, and get work done without too many distractions. Some people get disturbed with prints of all types; that is why study rooms are usually kept bare and formal. For those who want to break the rules, and add in a small touch of color, you can go in for neutral-colored rugs, or lampshades with dots. Use dots in combinations of black with gray, teal and light gray, white and crème, pastel shades, etc.
Where bathrooms are concerned, one does not have too many options. Dotted tiles and shower curtains are available in the market. Investing in those are a good option. If you want to add an artistic touch to your bathroom, and are willing to shell out a bit of money for it, then you could get the glass of your shower enclosure painted by a professional stain-glass artist, or if you have a steady hand, you could do it yourself.
If your bathroom has a medicine cabinet, you can use a nice and subtle polka-dotted laminate on it. Also, framed polka-dotted designs can be hung on the bathroom walls. If you do not want to modify your bathroom in any way, then you could get a nice, polka-dotted mat, towels, napkins, or vases, and keep them in your bathroom. The idea is to make your bathroom look as neat and presentable as possible.
Polka dots should be used very carefully in the kitchen. Going over-the-top with dots in this area of the house is not a good idea at all. What you can do is, get a hold of some really cute kitchenware that has a polka-dotted design on it, and place it any corner of your kitchen, or you can use it as a decorative centerpiece.
Polka-dotted wall art is also a very good idea, since papering the walls with dots will never look too good. You could frame different pieces of cloth or paper which has these dots together, so that one wall gets accentuated, or you could randomly place it. Both look good. Refrigerator magnets, aprons, napkins, tablecloths, etc., can also be used, provided your walls and kitchen equipment are kept neutral.
The amazing thing about polka dots is that it is a very retro design that has come back in vogue. This design is very refreshing, and adds a touch of glamor to the house, if used wisely. Decorating a house needs a good eye for design, and one should be good with color combinations and balancing contrasts. If you end up making a mistake, don’t worry; you could always undo it by neutralizing it with solid colors. Wherever polka dots, stripes, or any other designs are concerned, always remember to have at least one or two elements that are in solid, one-tone, neutral shades.