Do you know what looks good in your space?
Great decor can make all the difference. You can make your home beautiful, pleasant, and sophisticated without spending much money. When choosing decor accessories, furniture, prints, and colors, take the time to research online and in stores, so you know exactly what suits your taste and what you can afford. When working with a budget, it’s smart to know how much things are going to cost so that you will not be surprised at the end.
If you are unsure of your style, try looking at decorating magazines (or their websites online for free) and take note to which rooms catch your eye. You will start to notice a trend in what you prefer in furniture styles, color, and decor by looking at similarities and comparing the pictures. Our favorites are Elle Decor and House Beautiful!
Being creative and thinking outside the box will help you when you decorate. You can transform an antique furniture piece into a more modern and sophisticated one, with few changes to the surface and hardware, spending half the amount you would buying a new one. By changing just a few details, your house can get a whole new look. For an example, try changing the room layout, furniture color, some nice pillows and window treatments, or an added slipcover to a sofa, to create a new feel. All you need is good taste to have a beautiful and up to date room.
Check out these tips below for a room by room guide.
The living room is a place where the decor should be harmonious and cozy, as it is a space where family and friends gather often.
To give a distinctive look and brighten the atmosphere, consider changing the color of one wall to create an accent wall or a focal point. Choose bright colors for larger rooms and more light and neutral colors for small rooms to help disguise the size of the space without leaving the environment looking “suffocated”. Wallpapers, wall fabrics, and textured paints are also great options for creating an inviting room design.
The decor should not be too loud. If your room feels to busy or crowded, try investing in more modern pieces to help unite the space. Vases, flowers, candles, and table lamps, all give a special and unique touch to your room. Mirrors, paintings and photographs should be spread throughout the environment in different frames. All of these accessories are great allies in room decor.
Reclaim the pillows with colorful prints or textured fabrics, and perhaps added accents, such as buttons and trim. If the sofa needs a makeover, choose neutral fabrics to keep you loving it for many years. Antique furniture can bring some interest to the room when mixed with more modern furniture. Always include a surprise element in the room.
The bedroom is a place where the decor should be more quiet and with clean, simple lines to keep the space feeling relaxed. For the walls, choose lighter, softer colors, and delicate wallpapers, that bring peace and tranquility to the room. Think about colors inspired by the oceanside.
Sometimes just adding new bedding and curtains will do the trick. Invest into elegant bedding and luxurious window treatments.
The bedroom decor does not need to be extreme. Picture frames and paintings on the wall with personal photos gives joy to the space and brings special memories.
The bathroom can be a sophisticated space or a fun space, especially if you have little ones. Invest in pretty dishes that can be used to hold small accessories, soap, and toiletries, and include nice cotton towels. Vases with artificial flowers can be tricky to use but if you can find one that can “fool” your friends, it can add to the space. (Keep in mind that some designers are against artificial flowers.) Use a beautifully framed mirror or a frame-less, hung mirror to get away from the “builder grade” look. To make any room look more custom and professionally designed, try changing out the light fixture and also consider choosing one that is unexpected.
The kitchen should feel fresh, clean, and airy. Try using bright hues and consider using a glossy finish on your wall paint to help reflect light. The kitchen decor should include modern amenities and a great layout. When deciding on window treatments, avoid covering any natural light with blinds. Choose simple accessories that flow with the furniture design and avoid to much clutter on the counter tops. Try to create a place to hide your small appliances.
Pictures on the walls, a good light fixture(s) or even a chandelier will “make” the room. Also a custom backsplash can bring the room to life.
More tips for home decor
-It is possible to find beautiful objects without huge price tags, you just need to do some research before buying it.
-Create some of your decorative accessories. Look around on Pinterest and other DIY websites for ideas. Besides having a unique piece made by you, it can add a nice balance with new or old decor and make your space more personal.
-Flowers and plants create Feng Shui and have health benefits when added to a room. Repurpose old vases and planters with spray paint for a cheap alternative to new ones.
-You do not have to have a lot of money to create an amazing space, you just need to be creative, do some smart shopping, and think outside the box.