Written by Cate Palmer
Décor in your home is under your constant scrutiny and critique. What others may consider a great style, you may see as dull and lifeless. But no matter if you’re bored with the current state of your place or it really is decorated old-fashionably, you need to change its look and try not to spend a fortune while doing it. Maybe some of these tips from interior designers may help you freshen up the place and stay within the budget.
Change the Colors
Gary McBournie, a Boston-based interior designer, thinks that doing something as simple as repainting and changing the colour scheme can bring the desired change to your home and redefine your space. His advice is to start with a basic colour scheme for the whole house and then add a little bit of other complementary tones, thus creating your own personal style. Also, McBournie suggests using painted floors instead of playing it safe and deciding on parquetry or tiles.
Of all the advice from home decoration Sydney based experts I read online, I decided to go with the one about changing the colours of my living room. It may seem like something people usually do when they play it safe, but the results were fantastic and quickly visible. So if you’re unsure or afraid of changes, painting your walls is the best start to change the appearance of your place. How far you will go with repainting your home is completely up to you, but today there are many solutions which can give you the fresh and new look you desire while not being hard on your wallet.
Use Mirrors to Bring out the Glam
Interior designer Jan Showers thinks that mirrors are very important when decorating because they add style and brighten the room. This means that if you want to change the overall feel of a room, you can try correcting the poor lighting by placing a mirror across from the window. As a problem solver, it will expand the space and, if decorated with a stylish frame, it can even be an elegant and artful piece of furniture.
Straw Rugs are Chic
“They’re the white T-shirt of interior design”, said designer Meg Braff about straw rugs. Their price is lower than that of indoor rugs and their designs today are stylish and modern, certainly worth taking into consideration for decorating your living room. They are also easier to clean and come in different craftsmanship so before you decide on buying one, try how it feels in your hand so you avoid choosing the one not soft enough.
Don’t Scrimp on Pillows
It’s not unusual to use pillows to add that extra touch of warmth and hominess to your place. L.A.-based designer John De Bastiani even advises using big pillows to give a visual quality to your furniture. Pillows may seem like the easiest solutions, even be considered cheap and tacky, but if used in interesting patterns and playful designs with simply coloured walls and safe upholstery, it can be the perfect solution to open up the space and give it a stylish and refined look.
Bring Out the Friendliness
Nothing is cozier than sharing a sitting arrangement with someone. That’s why designer Thom Filicia likes to mix exotic styles with easygoing furniture. Whether you choose to use a bench instead of chairs for your dining room table, or a cluster of coffee tables, you are deciding to open yourself up to the world and share your being. This kind of arrangement will bring out the warmth and create a friendly environment to spend time with family and friends, even by yourself with a book and cup of hot tea.
Let the Sunshine In
Artist-turned-designer Anne Chessin likes to use daylight and shadow in her designs. Bringing light to the room and complementing it with colour can make the place feel real and ethereal at the same time. When it comes to brightening up your home, if you can’t afford to install bigger windows, take advantage of what’s right in front of you – sunlight. Hang the curtains made of materials which will not remove the natural light from your home and will add class and extra style to the room.
In the End
Before starting any redesign, try to find the style and look which corresponds to you and your lifestyle the most. Usually the advice from interior designers may seem expensive and over the top, but if you use your creativity you’ll be able to adjust them to your taste and desires.
Written by Cate Palmer. Cate is new to writing design articles but she clearly has a gift for it and we look forward to many more contributions in the future.
Edited by Andrea Wexelblatt. Andrea is an editor out of Reno, NV. She is a mother to two wild little boys, a student, and a wife. When she isn’t editing text she enjoys spending time with her family in the Sierra Nevadas.