Can’t decide what is best for your home? This advice can change the way you and others see your home, not to mention lift a little bit of the weight of indecision off of your shoulders.
1) Repurpose, Don’t Buy Expensive
One of the best ways to save money is to repurpose unique items into something new. Don’t go buy a $500 chandelier, use mason jars to create your own rustic masterpiece.
2) Use Your Corners
If you want to save space, then use the space you have. That includes corners you can fill with corner cabinets, corner shelves, or corner tables.
3) Use Legged Furniture
Furniture with legs make your floor space look much bigger and makes your room feel more breathable. Flow is everything in a house and you should incorporate it wisely.
4) Use Bright Throw Pillows
Pillows that match your couch can be quite dull and doesn’t mesh well. Try to add a pop of color by adding your favorite bright throw pillows to your livingroom furniture.
5) Organize Your Cords
Messy cords is one of the most common complaints amongst American home renovators. Try building a cord hideaway or tape your cords to the corner where the wall meets the floor.
6) Less Is More
Minimalism is in right now and with good reason. A room that feels fresh, inviting, and clear makes you feel more at peace. Try cutting down on clutter and see how you feel.
7) Maps Make Great Wall Art
It doesn’t matter if it’s a wooden map or a simple paper one from a souvenir store. Maps make great wall art in a study, bedroom, or even living room.
8) Fit The Season
You take your Christmas decorations down after Christmas, so stick with the seasons too. When it’s summertime, make it feel like a beach or forest. When it’s winter, let it glitter!
9) Paint Your Walls Light Colors
White walls make a big difference. But if you’re not into white, then try a pastel blue or an off-white color to brighten the place up. The room will look so much bigger.
10) Small Rugs Always Work
Don’t listen to those who say small rugs don’t look good in big rooms. They actually make a great foot-warmer next to your bed or a placement in front of the closet.
11) One Over Five
If you have to choose between five small items or one big one, then choose the big one. It’s not just about decluttering, it’s about what is going to look best in your home.
12) Fireplaces Never Go Out Of Style
Everyone loves fireplaces. If you can’t have a real one, invest in a fake fireplace to bring life into your living room. In the summer, you can decorate the hearth with fairy lights or plants.
13) Try Round Furniture
Round rugs are ideal, especially under round tables. But any round furniture can draw your eye inward and make the room appear bigger and more immaculate.
14) Make Small Changes
Before completely renovated a room, consider making small changes. Rearrange the furniture or get a new centerpiece for the table. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference.
15) Contrasting Ceiling
Painting your ceiling a different color than your walls can really complement the rest of the room. Try doing one white and the other a bolder color, but be careful.
16) Try Sliding Doors Or Screens
Sliding doors are perfect for studio apartments. You can have two rooms in no time divided by a Japanese room divider or sliding barn doors. It’s all regulation too!
17) Paint Your Switches
Light switch and outlet covers are not at all cheerful. Try painting them the same color as your wall or decorate them for kids’ rooms with shapes and character decals.
18) The Same Carpet Throughout
Changing carpet can divide your house up and make it look small and choppy. Have the same carpet all the way through your house to create the best flow.
19) Invest In Real Flowers
Fake flowers will do if you don’t have time to take care of them, but add flowers either way. They make a much better centerpiece than a statue of an owl or elephant.
20) Surround Yourself With Happiness
This is the single most important piece of advice. No matter what, do what makes you happy. If you don’t like what a designer has to say then don’t do it. Surround yourself with what makes you feel good.
21) Decorate Your Halls
It’s easy to hang a family picture on your hallway and then call it good. But adding bookshelves, wall art, and other decorative items can bring up the apparent value.
22) Islands Save Space
If you have a small family, consider foregoing a dining table and adding barstools to your island. It gives you space to eat without taking up extra space that a table does.
23) Measure Your Furniture
Make sure you know how big your furniture is and how big each space is before ordering. You want don’t want awkward spacing, so make it count.
24) Use Your Space
Unless you really want to bare down, then you can use every inch of space that you have. This is one way to go and works great for people who like to collect.
25) Hang Your Pots And Pans
This looks so cute and gives you a place to put them for easy access. Buy a pot rack or make your own above your countertops. Either way, it’s adorable and efficient.
26) Rustic Always Works
Because Joanna Gaines is so popular, rustic has made a huge comeback. Decorating your house in whitewashed furniture and farmhouse items always looks good.
27) A Little Gold Goes A Long Way
Never overdo it with gold decor, but if you can throw in a little gold then definitely do it. Find an item or two that speaks to you and display it properly for a great spark.
28) Set The Table
Even if you’re not having company, try keeping your table set to see if you like it. It also gives you a reason to use your favorite dishes that never see the light of day.
29) Bedside Low Lights
Dim lights in the bedroom are everything. Keep them on either side of the bed to brighten up the place day and night without overpowering the relaxing bedroom feel.
30) Start Blinds At The Ceiling
Rather than starting your blinds at the top of the window, start them at the ceiling and your room will look much taller. You can even have them reach the floor as well.
31) Don’t Skimp On Some Things
While it’s great to save money when you can, some things are worth the investment. As a rule of thumb, if it’s going to last five years, then go ahead and splurge on it.
32) Bunk Beds Still Work
Every set of sibling should have bunk beds at least once in their life. It’s the perfect space saver and of course everyone wants to argue over the top bunk.
33) Open Concept Living Room-Kitchen
If there’s one thing that adds space to a house, it’s open concept. Omitting the wall between your kitchen and living room can do wonders for the flow of your house.
34) Hang Your Favorite Dishes
Even if it’s just three plates, or one special one, hanging your dishes on the wall can make your kitchen look high end with little effort. Try it and see for yourself.
35) Spread Your Light Out
For a small room, a chandelier just doesn’t work. Try spreading out the like by adding small lamps or ceiling lights around the room. Edison bulbs are really in right now!
36) Keep Your Rugs Timid
Bright rugs can bright a room down. Stick to soft colors and you should be save. Lavender, beige, and soft aquamarine are all at the top of the list right now.
37) Never Underestimate Fairy Lights
Fairy lights can make any room look like a fantasy movie. Hang them above the bed, behind sheer curtains, or add them to mason jars for the firely effect.
38) Store Stuff In Baskets
Baskets look natural and homey. Keep a few on hand for anything and everything. You can even set up a little false shop as a nail salon or Bath and Body Works station.
39) Focus On The Entry Way
The entry way is the first thing that people see when they enter your house. Keep it fresh and interesting with plants, pictures, and a bench. And make sure it’s always clean.
40) Use Mason Jars
Mason jars never go out of style. Use them to store your baking ingredients and more. You can use them in the bathroom for cotton balls or the bedroom for nick nacks.