Architectural details can completely change the look and feel of a home. Any home can enhanced by adding wood beams, built-in bookcases, a window seat, a panelled wall or ceiling, wainscoting, corbels or brackets, or new charming doors and door hardware. Simple alterations and additions can give even a brand new house the atmosphere of an older home.
A Large Rug
A new rug can be a great statement piece in a room. A large area rug will ground a conversation area and add a softer, cosier element to a room. Get the largest size you can afford, or a rug that fits just under the legs of each main furniture piece. Check out my collection of rugs here.
Repetition in design will transform an eclectic mix of furnishings into a stylish cohesive look. Try repeating the same colours many times throughout your house to establish an overall colour scheme. You'll notice the impact of repetition as you walk through your home.
Add a Mix of Wood and Painted Pieces
A room will be transformed by incorporating natural wood in a room of painted pieces. Wood adds warmth and texture, which will make a dramatic difference in a space. Wood blinds or wooden floors will also add great dimension to any room. See my guide with more tips on how to warm your home with wood!
Vary Your Textures
When a room lacks layers of variation in texture, it can feel one dimensional even if your home is designed well in every other aspect. Vary and layer different textures of elements such as shiny, rough, nubby, wood, soft, knit, glass, metal, leather, painted, etc.
Pare Down and Simplify
Many homes are so filled with trinkets, knick-knacks and clutter that they lack the serene and put-together feel many of us long for. Rather than buying something new for your home to try to transform it, go around your house on a mission to pare down, simplify, and put things away. You might be surprised how much you actually love your home more with less!
A Mix of Lighting
Incorporate a mixture of lighting in your home including table lamps, floor lamps, wall sconces, pendant lights, and as much natural light as possible. Lighting is a great opportunity to establish the personality of your home, so have fun with it! Use colours or patterns you love, mix up your lampshades, or try an oversized chandelier or lantern for a bold statement.
Doses of White
Many homes end up with many "safe" tan or brown pieces in their decor. While that can be a great foundation, it can also sometimes cause a room to feel a bit dull. If your room is feeling this way, consider incorporating some pops of white to add contrast and light! While white alone might not save you from a colour palette that's all brown, it’s a great place to start. Add more white to a room by painting the trim work or cabinetry, or by adding accessories like pillows, white books, a throw blanket, furniture, white dishes, paint, curtains, lampshades, or white frames.
Utilise Wall Space
A home with many blank walls can feel unfinished, as if you just moved in. Use your walls to personalise your space and it will completely change the way your home feels. You don't have to buy expensive artwork if you're on a budget! Frame gift wrap, postcards, a piece of wallpaper, maps, family photos, copied pages of your favourite books, pages from magazines or art printed from the internet. See my guide with tips for creating an eclectic gallery wall here.
An Element of Surprise
You don't have to settle for ordinary design choices! For a dramatic change to your home, think outside the box and add elements of surprise all through your home. Why not replace a standard light fixture with something bold? Or add a strong patterned wallpaper to a bland room? Even simply adding a burst of unexpected colour or a striking pattern in pillows or curtains can add a nice element of surprise.
Adding mirrors will expand your room and can give the effect of an additional window. Find strategic places to hang mirrors throughout your home. Mirrors can be a great design element as well. Find unique frame styles, shapes and materials to incorporate interest in every room.
A home can easily be transformed by the simple addition of natural elements! Find ways to incorporate natural elements through plants, flowers, wood pieces or other natural accessories. Even botanical prints can make your room come alive with the effect of a natural element.
Transform your home by adding your own personality! Use your favourite colour combinations, patterns that make your eyes happy, and decor or artwork that is meaningful to you and your family. See my guide with more ideas for how to give your home its own unique personality here.
Address the Outside
Spruce up your outdoor areas and front porch to create a welcoming outdoor room! Create a conversation area with outdoor furniture, a durable rug, and a firepit. If you have a front or back porch, add a wreath, a pot of flowers or plant, or a new charming outdoor light. Add an old furniture piece to a covered front porch for unexpected charm! Check out my guide with tips for adding personality to a small outdoor space, and my collection of charming outdoor lights here.
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