Ditch the Clutter
This one is so easy and just makes darn good sense. Clear of countertops and floor space of non-essential items. Clear out a few drawers, cabinets or a closet to store stuff away when not in use. This goes for the kitchen too. If you keep small appliances out but rarely use them, store them in a lower cabinet or pantry. And we all know toiletry items can overtake the bathroom. Throw away old makeup and empty containers. You’ll be amazed at how much neater your rooms look.
Add One Unexpected Color
We’ve all heard how beneficial a pop of color can be to a room. Well, it’s true and you should give it a try. It doesn’t have to be epic – just a little unexpected color will do. For example, if you have a room with a neutral palette, add a bright pink vase. Or a citrusy orange pillow on a navy blue sofa. It’s like adding a vivid scarf or tie to a dark business suit. It makes a huge impact.
Create Balance and Space
Rearranging furniture is fun and is one of the best ways to completely change the look of a room for no dinero. When planning your new furniture layout, think about balance and space. Take visually heavy pieces and distribute the weight throughout the room to create balance. At the same time, consider your ability to move easily and safely around the room. Relegate a couple of items to other rooms to create a sense of space.
Layer Your Lighting
A variety of lighting layers will give your rooms depth and warmth. Just think about it. A room with a single source of light like a flush-mounted ceiling fixture looks dull and one-dimensional. Try adding a table lamp, floor lamp, uplights, pendants or a chandelier to create a sense of drama and enhance the colors in your room.
Create a Focal Point
What is the focal point in your room? It could be the fireplace, the television, the view or the artwork. It’s best to pick one and make the focus of your room. If your fireplace is the focal point, arrange the seating to take advantage of a roaring fire. Same for the television or the view. Avoid featuring multiple focal points. It will make your room seem overwhelming and disjointed.
Be Pillow Wise
You really need to be pillow conscious to create a great looking room. Pillows instantly add visual interest, color and texture to any space. But they can be total buzz kills if you use them incorrectly. Too few, and your sofa or bed can look downright forlorn. Too many, and there’s no spot to sit on the sofa. Not to mention the hour it takes to style your bed in the morning. Here’s a great rule of thumb for decorative pillows: Use three – one large square, one slightly smaller square and a medium size lumbar. There's no wrong way to arrange them!
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