Aren’t those home makeover shows amazing? With a few days’ work and a little bit of cash, a decorator can transform a run-of-the-mill home into a showpiece. Looking at the before and after pictures, it’s hard to recognize the place. Luckily, you don’t need professional help to rock your house!
Here are seven of the best ways you can make your rooms pop:
If you’re living in a monochrome wasteland, mix it up. Paint is a relatively cheap and inexpensive way to personalize a home and give it a unique feel. Don’t hesitate to experiment and try something a little off the beaten path if it calls out to you. Most stores sell small paint samples for customers to try out; if you don’t care for the results, just cover it up with a new color. You can also experiment with painting one wall a shocking color or painting wooden furniture or shelving in a contrasting tone. Faux finishes are another option to add a little variety to a room.
Nothing pops like a rich texture against a smooth background. While a faux finish is a good substitute, the real thing on a small scale is even better. Think stonework, ceramic tiles, or woodwork. Although this sounds complicated, most home improvement stores, and many websites, have easy-to-follow instructions for do-it-yourselfers.
Plants in a variety of heights and colors are a great way to soften harsh lines and fill in those empty spaces to turn a house into a home. Whether you choose a combination of old standbys or go with exotic conversation pieces, this home accent is perfect for any room. As a bonus, plants help filter the air and maintain humidity levels for a more pleasant environment.
Dramatic lighting makes all the difference. An assortment of lamps can softly brighten any room without harsh glare while some light fixtures, like chandeliers, drop pendants, and decorative lamps, can become focal points in their own right. Use recessed lighting in strategic areas to highlight your prize possessions, and take full advantage of the natural light from windows and skylights.
If you hate your furniture, there’s no need to replace it if it’s still comfortable. Use an assortment of attractive throws and accent pillows to cover up the boring or the ugly. If you choose something interesting like a Southwestern print or an heirloom quilt, no one will ever notice what’s underneath; an attractive, put-together room is all your guests will see.
6. Accent Rugs
Shining hardwood floors and spotless wall-to-wall carpeting is lovely, but both are a little boring on their own. To take it up a notch, use accent rugs to define your living spaces. In addition to adding a little detail to the flooring, an attractive rug can protect the flooring underneath from heavy traffic.
7. Art Work
If you have a Van Gogh sitting around, by all means, hang it. Otherwise, expensive artwork isn’t the only way to rock a room. Just about anything can be defined as art depending on how it’s displayed. Whether you purchase a piece that calls out to you or decide to create your own masterpiece from odd items with personal meaning, go for it! As long as it’s interesting, it’ll work wonders.
The best tip is not to overdo it. Choose a single focal point and use accents sparingly to create an inviting look without overwhelming the room with clutter. Before you know it, your home will sparkle and pop!