Do you feel like your home and spaces could use a quick pick-me-up? Good news is you don’t have to hire a professional interior designer to spruce things up or spend loads of money. Just by using a few techniques below, you’ll instantly be on your way to a happier, healthier, and more classy home:
Category 1: All Natural
- Add organic elements like fresh flowers, plants, or faux (good quality ones that look real) arrangements.
- Use natural material and weaved baskets to hide clutter (opt out of plastic).
- Place a mason jar or small vase with tulips on any of your counters or window sills.
- Place a ceramic bowl full of fresh fruits on your kitchen island/counter, not only is this functional, but it’s organic eatable decor.
- Add cotton textiles like blankets and cozy throw pillows wherever appropriate. Change the covers throughout the seasons to freshen up your spaces.
- Have an inviting entryway with flowers, plants, and some decor (don’t overdo it or it will look cluttered).
Category 2: Lighting
- Invest in good quality designer lamps with linen or burlap shades.
- Use faux wax or real candles around the home, it adds ambiance.
- Replace white lighting with yellow lighting whenever possible. White fluorescent lighting gives an “office vibe,” not a “home vibe.”
- Layer lighting with multiple accent lighting (table lamps, floor lamps, decorative lamps) in one room.
- Keep windows open for natural lighting to enter and use good quality curtains.
Category 3: Colors & Art
- Keep wall color paint palettes cohesive and neutral.
- Add sophisticated artwork housed in gallery frames for an elegant, clean look.
- Choose diverse pieces. Don’t just have all frames on walls, mix it up a bit with sculptures, wood pieces, and artwork.
- Match your colors well so that your furniture and accessories have a complementary, unified look.
Category 4: Measurements & Space Matter
- Always opt in for area rugs because they bring an extra dimension to your spaces, like a 5×8 rug in your living room underneath the coffee table. Don’t forget to anchor them appropriately to the positioning of your sofa. Look below for quick rug size to room size ratio tips.
- Make sure your furniture is talking to each other and placed cohesively.
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Category 5: Organizing (of course!)
- Purge your home of any ugly, unusable, or ‘no longer feels good’ items.
- Use unique storage for functionality and looks, like glass canisters to hold your flour, sugar, or rice on your kitchen counters or cotton balls, make up and trinkets in the bathroom.
- Trays are a great functional organizer that serve decorative purposes as well, especially on dining room or coffee tables. They can hold essentials in one place and still look minimalist.
Category 6: Interior Decorating 101
- Alternate your shower curtains once in a while for a new, inviting look. Stick to colors that you love and are pleasing to the eye. Go for lighter colors in smaller spaces to give the illusion that the spaces are bigger.
- Add mirrors to open up spaces visually.
- Keep your bed spruced up with a quilt, duvet cover, and Euros for a cozy feel.
- Cinderella outdated finishes.
- Mix up vintage and contemporary. Too much vintage can look too old and too much contemporary can look sterile. Mixing will = a more intriguing atmosphere.
- Disperse unique items from personal experiences, travels, or family traditions to personalize your spaces and increase conversation starters for when guests arrive.