Boost Your Home’s Style With These 10 Decor and Design Tips
By Ashley Miller
Feel like you’re living in the past? Ready to up your style game when it comes to your home decor? You can bring glamour and style and boost your home’s style by making a few easy changes. Check out these 10 tips to add panache to your home!
Make a big splash for a small price with paint. You can change the look and feel of a room with new color. Keep up with current color trends to keep your home looking fresh. Colors like hazelnut, sage, olive, and navy are big now and give a room a unique look and style. Neutral tones are classic, but if you’re attracted to darker or brighter colors, create an accent wall to make a room interesting without making it overpowering.
2. Update Old Fixtures
Updating fixtures is another easy fix that doesn’t have to be expensive. You can start in the kitchen by replacing handles, knobs, and drawer pulls. For a unique look, shop smaller hardware stores, flea markets, and antique stores. Matte black is popular, along with champagne gold and copper. Don’t forget to update your bathroom fixtures. Pewter and gunmetal are trending, giving fixtures some depth and texture.
3. Maximum Molding
What’s the one thing you hear prospective homebuyers say on TV shows when they walk into a house? “I love the crown molding!” Adding moldings or trim makes the home look more polished. The wider, the better. White molding gives a room a classic look, though some choose to paint it to add a bit of color. You can put this trim on the baseboards, crown, ceiling beams and chair rails. It ties the walls and ceilings together and gives a room a finished look.
4. Add Statement Pieces
Give visitors to your home something to talk about by adding statement pieces. Gold is a great way to bring glamour in, but don’t overdo it. Put your pictures in gold frames. Add a large gold mirror. This has the added bonus of making a room appear larger, as it reflects the room back.
5. Fresh Flowers/Plants
Going green with fresh flowers and plants adds style and beauty to your home. Don’t match flower colors to your interior designs. Instead, use complementary colors. Choose vases that add to the decor and go beyond that, by putting flowers in cans, jars, and other containers you can dress up with paint, burlap, and trim. Just make sure all the vessels are watertight.
6. Window Treatments
Update your window treatments to boost your home’s style. Without them, a home looks unfinished. They can add refinement, as well as provide privacy. You can get custom window treatments, although that can be pricey. It’s easy to find off-the-rack curtains that look good and aren’t expensive. The best fabrics are natural silk, linen, and cotton. If you prefer something else, you can put up wood blinds or woven shades.
Light fixtures can be statement pieces. Find some that are chic and unique and get people talking. Check out second-hand stores and flea markets for one-of-a-kind lighting. Some may need buffing or painting, but once that’s done, you’ll have a special fixture. Be sure to have plenty of lighting in your home, including natural light. A dark, dreary house won’t look elegant and stylish.
8. Go For Hardwood
Some people like the warmth and softness you get from carpet, but to boost your home’s style, go with hardwood. The shiny, classic look immediately boosts a home’s elegance. You can choose from different types of wood. Birch and oak are usually less expensive while cherry and mahogany cost much more. Some homeowners like dark floors for a more luxurious look but others go for lighter wood, to keep the home bright and airy. You can pull the look together by adding quality rugs. Be sure to keep everything in proportion. Using rugs that are too small can make the room look smaller.
9. Keep It Clean
Keeping your home clean is one of the simplest, least expensive ways to keep it stylish. Regular dusting and vacuuming and picking up can work wonders. It helps you find stains and tears quickly, so you can fix the problems before they get worse. Clean your windows often. This allows more natural light into the house, adding to its elegant look. Cleaning forces you to pick up and declutter your home. When everything is shiny and organized, it looks more elegant.
10. Include The Yard
Don’t forget the yard when you’re looking to boost your home’s style! Not only will it look better, it can increase the value of the property. Try to match the landscaping to the house. For instance, a grand Tudor isn’t necessarily going to pair well with tiny bushes. The plants and shrubs should match the scale of the house. Add color with flower beds. Proper lawn care is essential. As we head into fall, fertilize and water the grass regularly, so it’s able to handle the winter months. The yard is the first thing visitors and prospective buyers see, so it must look pristine.
These tips may seem like a lot, but take the chores on slowly and steadily and, in no time, you’ll have a stylish home you’re eager to show off.
Ashley Miller is a home decor and lifestyle writer who cures her HGTV obsession by refurbishing anything and everything she can get her hands on into something new.