Updated: Aug 6, 2019
Most of us have watched those cruel home makeover shows at one time or another. You know the type, where a hyperactive bunch of designers and tradesman bombard their way into an ‘unsuspecting’ civilian’s home, with only an hour to complete a WOW transformation. The magic designer snatches up a few old cushions, whips up the rug, and hey presto, the whole house is a wonderful palace. Don’t we all wish that our tired houses could be awoken with such hasty and invigorating fervour? I’m not promising to make your home your dream mansion, but by following the simple steps below you can bring beauty to your home.
Curtains can make a huge difference to your living space. Hanging curtains from as close to the ceiling can give the illusion of higher walls and bigger windows. Adding printed curtains can also add a pop of colour to any room. Unusual curtain rods will not only add a flair to a room but also show off your own sense of style. Another way to add a flair to your curtains is to add creative ties to add a highlight to an otherwise simple design. You can also use curtains to add a canopy to your bed, by fixing curtain rods to your ceiling.
Mirrors can be used as a chic interior design idea too. Smaller mirrors can be used as decoration pieces. Framed mirrors instead of plain mirrors also a luxurious look and feel in places like the bathroom or any other room in the house. Strategically placed larger mirrors in smaller spaces also add the feeling of the room being larger than it is, closets and door with mirrors visually expand the small room and also reflect light, making the room look not only bigger but also brighter.
Adding a statement piece to your home decor can add a unique panache to your living space. Accents can be added by adding accessories in bright and contrasting colours, or by painting a wall a vibrant colour. You can also add one strip of wallpaper on a wall if you're not keen on painting walls. Adding coloured linoleum over dull or boring floors can also drastically brighten up a room, especially one that as a muted or neutral colour palette. Sprinkling just one or two accent colours throughout the home will add a pop that looks cohesive without going over the top.
Natural lighting and source lighting is very important to a room. Make sure you don’t block windows and also be sure to add table and floor lamps throughout your space for a huge statement. Lighting can also be used to bring focus on certain parts of the decor. Installing warm LED strip lighting on top of a bookshelf or under a mirror adds interest and dimension.
Opting for open shelving in this kitchen, which allows for fast and easy decor changes by Adding colour on open shelves. But if that isn't possible White cabinetry alongside white marble or granite counter-tops gives the kitchen a look that is clean and classic. Long gone are the days when kitchen cabinets were only left naturally stained in varying shades of brown.
Indoor plants not only act as a quick decorating tool, but they also help clean the environment and air around them. This outdoorsy touch is a great way to boost mood, add colour to your interior, and build up gardening skill. Plants like the Areca Palm can be grown anywhere in the house in indirect sunlight. The plant can grow to about seven feet at an indoor location. But if you are a fan of smaller plants, succulents are a great addition and are extremely easy to look after.
Don’t wait for a special someone to buy you flowers, buy a few bunches cheaply from a flower stall or wholesaler and place in your living room, hallway and kitchen.
Studies of the benefits of flowers have proven that the presence of them decreases depression, enriches memory and increases social contact. Place a few single stems from your bouquet around the house for an added touch.
Playing with colours in the living space can spruce things up and add a flamboyant touch to it. You can cane the look and feel of a room just by changing the colour of the walls and the furniture and accessories in it. You can create the illusion of having higher ceilings by not painting the walls all the way up to the ceiling, or give the room a sense of depth by painting the ceilings a deeper colour like dark blue. Or use bright colours in throws, pillows and area rugs to brighten up a white living area space. A white seating area with pops of bright colour is modern and fun. The brighter the colours the more playful the atmosphere will feel.