Being a bit of an interiors stalker on Instagram, there’s no shortage of inspiration. Despite that it’s still clear to see the difference between those of who us who just muddle along and style our own homes compared to professional interior designers (although I have to say, a lot of the professional style is definitely not for me!) If you struggle though making those interior decisions and hiring and interior designer is not within your budget, here are a few ways you can still decorate your home like a professional would, by adding some stylistic touches.
1. The Use Of Fabrics
Fabrics are a must for converting a house into a home – have you noticed how empty and echo-y a room sounds when you’re washing the soft fabrics. Whether laying out various rugs, having a few blankets and cushions to enliven the space, or picking the perfect upholstery, fabrics have the power to add comfort and a feeling of homeliness and like a space has been lived in. Yes, we all know the never-ending argument about what to do with the cushions when you want to actually sit on the sofa but it’s an argument well worth having.
Use fabrics in complementary colours, patterns, and textures to add an extra dimension to how your house or apartment feels. Small touches like having a nice welcome mat or having a table cloth can make your space look grown up and sophisticated.
2. Find The Right Window Coverings
Even with a beautiful feature window, curtains or window covers elevate that feature to the next level. It’s easy to leave a good view untouched and let the glass speak for itself but having curtains even if they are of a light diffusing fabric is very important. Not only do curtains add an extra layer to the space, it’s a feature a professional designer will often add into the design process and so by incorporating this look home you can achieve that professional end result.
Don’t forget the practical element too. If you are someone who works from home or works odd hours, having blackout curtains is a useful option to ensure good sleep. Furthermore, doubling up on curtain rods will allow you to hang thicker and more impactful curtains on the first rod and lighter chiffon curtains on the second rod for a designer feel. It also makes your window area multi-purpose, enabling you to use the lighter curtains for the daytime to allow natural light to seep through. If you have specialty art pieces like a house portrait, they will look even more stunning in natural light.
You can also think about the windows from the outside too, it’s important to make sure your gutters are always free of debris and if you need to replace any then an aluminium box gutter is the perfect solution.
3. Pick Investment Pieces For Furniture
Furniture really lifts the value of living space but I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of rushing into purchase decisions we’ve regretted, I know I have. Good quality furniture need not be extremely expensive as vintage or pre-loved pieces can be restored or redesigned easily and undergoing a DIY project is a fun and memorable activity with loved ones (or if you’re like me, fun solo therapy!
If you can stretch to it, furniture should be on the same level as other investment purchases in your life such as designer bags, clothes, or that boujis leather dog collar and lead set that will keep your furry friend comfortable for years to come. Buying furniture made from expensive wood like oak may seem like a considerable financial outlay initially but it will pay off long-term as it will age beautifully only enhancing the value still further.
4. Art Adds Life
Everyone has a slightly different taste in art and your home is the best place to display and showcase that preference for a certain style or era of art. Not to mention that wall art and other 3D art pieces are brilliant for adding character and personality to any space and showing guests and visitors your style and what’s important to you. If you create art yourself or if you paint, you can let the majority of the wall art pieces be your own. We don’t have huge amounts of art up on the walls yet whilst we’re still renovating but our living room particularly reflects our love of travel and some of the places we’ve been.
Always bear in mind that if you have valuable, rare, or very expensive art pieces in your house, perhaps a family heirloom passed down through generations, they should ideally be insured and protected from things like water damage, or environmental damage from elements like humidity. Structurally, making sure the roof is sound is a very sensible precaution and local companies such as Aurora commercial roofing contractors can be hired to evaluate and repair your roof if necessary.
5. Don’t Worry Too Much About Colour-Coordination
We can often tend to play it safe with interiors especially through inexperience and gravitate towards matching tones and colours as much as possible – how many times have you seen people change up a room and say it’s taken them a while to find their individual style? Professional designers are usually less concerned with exact colour coordination and are more interested in mixing and matching colours, patterns, and textures to create a unique end result. Using contrasting colurs in conjunction with each other can spark visual interest and make a room appear larger. Striking the fine balance between pairing different textures together like wood and leather for example can create a very chic vision.
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