If you love looking through
magazines and seeing beautifully manicured homes with nary a thing out
of place, then you’ll be pleased to discover that it’s easier than you
think to give your home a similar look. And by utilizing a few interior
design tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to do so for much less than
you might expect.
If you want to give your home a
fresh feel and beautiful new look, try one or more of the following
easy and affordable design tricks.
If you look closely at those
photos of pristine homes, you’ll notice one element is spread across
each of them – they’re spotless! There’s not a magazine, a remote
control, an empty glass or a speck of dust anywhere in the picture. The
homes featured in these magazines take a minimalist approach to design
in which less (clutter) is more (beauty).
Take some time and de-clutter
your home. Use storage to get rid of anything you don’t immediately use
or need or sell a few things off in a yard sale. Starting with as clean a
canvas as possible will make the job of beautifying your home much
While rooms of drastically
bold colors might be inspiring to some, modern design experts suggest
painting the rooms each a natural hue to give the house a free-flowing
feel. If you just have to have bold colors, keep them as accent pieces
so they add to the room rather than overwhelm it.
3. Choose Clean Lines Over Ornate
Ornate decorations, mirrors
and picture frames make a room feel busier than it needs to be. Instead,
go with versions that feature clean lines for a more aesthetically
pleasing and tidier look.
4. Choose Modern Art Over Classic
Classic artwork gives a room a
stuffy, museum-esque feel, while modern art makes the room feel larger.
For the best result, choose a piece of art that has a color within it
that matches the color of the wall it is being hanged on. It should be
an accent color in the piece, not the primary color used. This will
allow the art to blend smoothly with the wall rather than fighting
5. Add Some Antique Elements
If you’re going to have a
decorative item on display, make it something worth displaying. Antiques
will sometimes have a patina on them that adds a sense of warmth and
style to any room. Just be careful you don’t over do it. Shopping flea
markets and antique stores can become addictive and you don’t want your
home to wind up looking like an indoor garage sale.
In interior decorating, trends
are just that – trends. This means today’s hot design trick or
must-have element is temporary and probably by the time you get around
to incorporating it into your home, it’s going to be passé. Unless you
have the budget and the time to continually update your home’s interior,
stick with tried and true design tricks like those mentioned above.