Everyone wants to have a beautiful and well-staged home but not everyone has the budget or space. Just because you have limitations doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderfully-styled home, stir up those creative juices and do it yourself!
Look, we get it. Not everyone can hire an interior decorator or home stylist but anyone can dress up their own homes.
Here’s some tips on how you can style your home like a pro!
Vision, vision, vision!
Many DIYers fail at their renovation projects because they jump right into it without a vision of what they want to do. Imagine the look that you want for your home. It may be hard sometimes, especially if you have many ideas in your head, but that's exactly why you need to do it. You don’t want to have a mishmash of random things in your home. You want a cohesive look and you want it nicely done. Go online and get inspired. Pinterest is a treasure trove of design inspirations and it can help you choose what works best for your home.
Pick a Theme
It's easy to get lost in all the samples you’ll find online, especially if you're into so many different things. It is best to choose a theme that you want to go for. Do you love the beach? How about a nautical theme? You might want to choose a color palette while you're at it, too. Two-tone colours are commonly used, but you can jazz up your colour choices as you please.
Use decorative mirrors
Mirrors are great for creating an illusion of space while ample lighting helps make the room look bigger. By using mirrors, you invite light into your home, making your small space feel larger. And as far as decorating your empty walls, you don't always have to put up a photo or a painting, you can use decorative mirrors instead.
Smaller rooms = softer hues
A brighter, lighter color palette for smaller room creates an illusion of light. Like mirrors, light helps in making the room feel larger than it actually is. Did you want a purple bedroom? Maybe go for something lighter in the monochromatic scale. Lavender is a nice color. Try checking out different colour palettes and experiment with colour gradients!
Mix it up
You can bend the rules a bit as long as you know what you're doing. Remember what they say, you have to know the rules before you can break them. Mix up your patterns and textures. Add some of the old with the new. Put together items and furniture from your old home or your grandparents' house. If you have an antique that goes well with your modern home, bring it over and let elements from the past and the present coexist beautifully.
Use what you already have
One of the reasons why people hold back on redecorating or styling their homes is because of budget. You can't afford to buy new furniture or new decorations, well, guess what? You don't need to! You can use what's already in your home and even give new life to the ones you've already forgotten in storage. Sure, buy a new couch or table if you want the house to feel new, but you don't have to replace everything! We all have items, probably packed up in boxes in the garage somewhere and we haven’t gotten a chance to ”sort them out” yet, so make time and do it. Instead of spending money on new items, spend time on going through your stored artifacts and assess which ones work best with your chosen theme.
A Personal Touch
Because it’s all about you. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect of decorating or styling your home is that it should reflect who you are. Let your personality shine with the look and feel of your home. Impressing your guests is one thing, but at the end of the day, you're the one who has to live there.
With these pro tips, you're all set! Now let's start planning and get decorating!