Did you just move into your new home? Or do you want to spruce up your home a little? There are well-known interior design tricks that designers use which you can easily do yourself with minimal effort and cost. Sometimes the smallest things can make the greatest impact. Whether it’s the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Or perhaps you want to soften the appearance of your walls, brighten a room or add warmth to your living space.
Here are a few clever design tips that will give your home a more modern look.
Give walls a splash of paint
You can paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colours to help make the room feel larger. Small rooms have a tendency to seem cramped. You should invest in large windows and a few mirrors. They won’t only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and windows, the use of mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem bigger than it is. Conversely, darker colours will make a room feel and appear smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of mirrors, if a room has a darker shade, it could have a more boxed-in feel.
Mix it up
You have the freedom to mix up patterns and textures – old and new, expensive and inexpensive. And there’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside a modern couch. Many good interior decorators are likely to tell you the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and style. Every antique in your home tells a story of your past, so there’s no need to throw them out. Then there’s the modern couch you fell in love with and simply had to buy. That also tells a story, your present story. And there’s no reason the present and the past can’t co-exist beautifully. Different fabrics, varied colours and patterns can all bring warmth and texture to your living space.
Slip into something more comfortable
Slip covers can serve to change your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. They can be removed and allow you to have a more sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture. Slip covers are ideal for rooms being frequently used by children.
Use what you already have to decorate
Everyone has items packed up in boxes somewhere that they haven’t given a second glance. Your home needs some accessories and decoration. So instead of running to the store, take a look at what you already have. Trays ( wooden, metal or silver) can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. You could arrange candles or pile books on top of them. Another great idea is to hang plates to create wonderful wall art. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with what you already have.
Take a look at your kitchen
Kitchens are supposed to be warm and inviting. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whether preparing meals, serving meals or entertaining. A hanging pot rack is usually both useful and elegant. Kitchens are meant to feel as though they’re in constant use and a hanging pot rack will make it feel this way. Besides looking great, additional cupboard space will be freed up to store other things. You should also look at updating other appliances in your kitchen. There are always appliances, such as kettles, toasters and fridges for sale at affordable prices. So if yours is outdated, then it might be time for an upgrade.
Go green in your living space
If you want to bring colour and life into your home, you could add plants to your living space. The option is yours, you could either add them to every room or to specific rooms only, like the kitchen or living room. Plants are an inexpensive way to accessorise your space and add colour and texture. And not only are they beautiful, but many can clean household air and balance humidity. They absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air.
Add a few wicker baskets
This is a cheap and modern way to add storage to any room. The baskets can store and display books, magazines, toys and blankets, just to name a few. You can place a couple of small wicker baskets on the counter-tops in your kitchen to beautifully display and store your fruit and vegetables.
Give your home a modern touch by following these seven tips. You don’t have to do everything at once. You can do it step by step.