Your home should be a space that makes you feel truly happy, inspired and uplifted. If yours does neither of these things, it’s time for a change. At one time or another we’ve all thumbed through home magazines, scrolled Pinterest and Instagram looking at beautifully decorated houses, and wished we could achieve something similar. But actually, it’s more doable than you might think. At the end of the day, real life means that our houses will never look like a show home at all times. But when you’ve had a tidy up and got it visitor ready, it can certainly have the same appeal if you’re smart with decor. Here’s how you can go about it!
Start With a Blank Canvas
Starting with a blank canvas is an excellent choice. It’s a great foundation for a clean and elegant room, never looks fussy and makes the most of the space. Ditch the busy wallpaper, go for very smooth walls (you might need to hire a plasterer to skim them if they’re not up to scratch) and choose a light, neutral paint color. You’ll never go wrong with plain white, but an ivory or very light gray would work well too. For floors, a plain carpet in a neutral shade that complements the walls or wood are both choices to consider. If you have a bigger budget, natural stone like marble, granite or limestone tiles all look beautiful and expensive and help to keep the space looking clean and neutral. You can always bring in an accent colour with accessories, but for decor there are so many benefits of keeping it simple and neutral.
Think About Furniture
Furniture is expensive, but you can still make your home look stunning and classy even if you don’t have much to spend. For example, a sturdy but basic leather sofa for example will work with any decor changes over the years, is easy to clean and will last you well. You could team this up with a more expensive statement armchair. If you scour auctions and antique stores you might find a stunning piece that looks like it cost a fortune but for a budget price. Upcycling furniture that’s past it’s best too could be an option to stretch your budget. Some chalk paint and new hardware can transform any piece of wooden furniture into a beautiful statement piece to take pride of place in your home. Another important thing to get right with the furniture is storage. A chest or cabinet that matches the rest of your decor is perfect for throwing odds and ends into or kids toys when you’re tidying up and want to make your home look its best.
Accessories and Finishes
The little touches really do make all the difference. Things like making sure all of your door handles, curtain poles, light switches, and plug sockets are all the same color and finish help to tie everything together, and make a home look cohesive and well thought out. Statement lighting is a great way to add personality to a calm, neutral home. When you have too much going on with the decor, it could easily look too much, but starting with a blank canvas you have much more freedom with these kinds of finishes. Beautiful accessories will finish the look, the gold trend works well with just about any color scheme- with metallic accessories giving an opulent and glittering finish to the space. Living plants and flowers are a great option too, they help to really liven up any room, and the stunning colors look lovely against a neutral backdrop.
There’s one thing that Pinterest and show homes have in common, and it’s that they all look very serene and unfussy. Neutral walls, good storage, and the right decorative pieces will make your house look homely and beautiful without appearing cluttered and chaotic.