Like to know the tricks of the trade when it comes to home decorating? Despite what you might think, you don’t need a lot of money to give your home a stylish decorator look. Here are five tricks used by professional decorators to stretch the budget and solve common design problems.
1. Paint smaller rooms in light colours to make them feel larger
While darker colours make a room seem cosy, they also absorb light instead of reflecting it, making the space feel smaller. Trick the eye into making a small room appear larger by painting it in a light colour such as white, off-white or a light shade of grey. And always paint the ceiling white to make the room feel airy. A dark ceiling will make a small room feel even more boxed in. Complete the look with lighter coloured flooring, and the room will feel much more spacious.
2. Use mirrors to add instant light
The strategic placement of mirrors can be used to make a small space feel larger and to brighten up a room. For rooms with limited natural light, mirrors placed directly across from windows add light instantly. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to any living space. Not only do they reflect natural light from doors and windows, but mirrors also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Mirrors can also be used instead of artwork to adorn your walls. A large decorative mirror can make a striking statement piece in your living area.
3. Mix old and new, expensive and inexpensive
There’s nothing wrong with placing family treasures alongside contemporary pieces. Experienced interior decorators will tell you that your home should be a reflection of who you are, your personality and your style. The antique dining table that your grandmother left you tells a story and has emotional value to you and your family. The sofa you fell in love with and simply had to purchase also tells a story, and there’s no reason why the present and past can’t work together. The same can be said for expensive pieces and budget buys. A Waterford Crystal vase can look fabulous next to a chrome tray from Kmart. It’s all about mixing and matching pieces that complement each other.
4. Wicker baskets add texture and storage
Wicker baskets are an economical and stylish way to add storage to any room. Baskets can be used to store and display books, magazines, toys, blankets, plus much more. They can also be used to store fruit and vegetables on the kitchen bench, and are perfect for storing towels in the bathroom. Wicker baskets bring a lovely natural element to any décor, and are available at very reasonable prices from stores like Target and Kmart.
5. Go for greenery
Plants are an inexpensive way to add colour and texture to your home’s interior. Whether it’s the entry, kitchen, living area or bathroom, plants provide a relaxed vibe that makes your home feel light and airy. Not only are plants beautiful, but they can also clean the air, balance humidity and absorb pollutants. Just make sure you choose varieties that are suitable for indoor use.
Make your dream a reality at Select by Hallmark
Creating a cohesive look for your new home is vital, as it can add enormous value to your greatest asset. At Hallmark Homes, we look forward to assisting you with this exciting process.
Our expert Selection Centre Consultants will personally guide you through all your colour selections, ensuring that everything you choose works together seamlessly, both inside and out. They will also help you with all of your choices when it comes to appliances, finishes, fixtures, plus much more. Our Selection Centre, Select by Hallmark, is exclusive to Hallmark Homes’ clients, and entry is by appointment only.
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