Quick and simple design tips to make your home look as good as new

Do you feel that your home has lost its former lustre and is beginning to look and feel old? Worry not, with these tips, you can make your home look good, and give you a sense of belonging like never before!

  1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colours to help make the room feel larger.

A small room has the tendency to seem cramped, but the light coloured walls give the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colours will make a room feel smaller.

2. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.

Mirrors can also be used to make a small space feel larger. For larger rooms, or any room with a more limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly across from the windows, will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in lieu of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.

3. Mix things up for an exotic feel

There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. The modern couch you fell in love with and simply had to purchase tells a story, your present story, and there is no reason why the present and past can’t co-exist beautifully together. With fabrics whether it be furniture, rugs or pillows, varied colours and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space.

4. Slip-covers are your friend

Slip-covers are truly wonderful things. They can serve as a means of changing your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. These easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture. Slip-covers are ideal for rooms used frequently by children.

5. Wicker baskets as storage units

Wicker baskets are an economical and elegant way to add storage to any room. Baskets can be used to store and display books, magazines, toys, towels and blankets to name a few. Place a couple of small wicker baskets on the counter-tops in your kitchen to beautifully display and store your fruit and vegetables.

6. Use what you already have to decorate.

We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Try to create accessories for your home with the things you already have in your home instead of running to the shops to buy something. You will be amazed at what you can create from: old plates, children’s artwork, unused pieces of fabric and ancient trunks!

7. Go green.

Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorising your space and adding colour and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but also many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. No home should be without these wonderful greens!

8. Add colour to your bookshelves.

By painting or wallpapering your bookshelves, you add an instant pop of colour that will brighten and re-energize any room! It’s amazing how something so simple as a coat of colourful paint can instantly transform your space. Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a boring space is to apply a coat of paint somewhere unexpected. Bookshelves are an ideal place to start because you don’t need to paint a large area. Other fun places to add a pop of colour include painting fireplace mantels, the insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.

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Happy decorating!