That’s why it’s important to keep in mind the things that give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to house projects. Need some inspiration beyond the overwhelming abyss that is Pinterest?
Read on for tips on these simple decorations that will bring your home to life.
Don’t Forget the Outside
Curb appeal is something that’s often discussed on home renovation shows, and its importance can’t be oversold. When someone pulls up to your home, you want his or her first impression to include one loud, “Wow,” right? It doesn’t mean the outside of your home has to look like Buckingham Palace. Instead, it can feature some simple tips for boosting curb appeal.
When it comes down to it, keeping your bushes trimmed and flowers manicured is already a huge step. Don’t let tall bushes and trees cover your house, especially if you’re particularly proud of it! Trade in those tall trees for well kept rose bushes that align the path to the front door.
Consider solar or spotlights along this same path for a stunning look at night. Of course, a front porch with wicker furniture and/or a porch swing will go a long way in impressing guests. Lastly, never underestimate the power of a brightly colored door when it comes to an inviting touch.
Paint With Perfection
While vibrant or deep tones aren’t a complete no-no when it comes to accent walls, it’s usually best to stick to neutrals, like white, cream, taupe, or gray. Much like with fashion, this leaves you to have more fun accessorizing with wonderfully designed area rugs, couches, benches, decorative art, flowers, plants, throw pillows, and blankets. Let these things be what catches the eye when visitors enter each room.
Make Your Rooms Conversational
Don’t let the kitchen always be the focal point of every party. Make sure you arrange your chairs and couches in a fashion that promotes conversation.
"A conversation area that has a U-shape, with a sofa and two chairs facing each other at each end of the coffee table, or an H-shape, with a sofa directly across from two chairs and a coffee table in the middle, is ideal," says Michelle Lynne, a Dallas-based stager via ThisOldHouse.com. Lynne also says to avoid the tendency to push all the furniture against the walls to create more space, as this actually gives just the opposite illusion.
Light It Up
Natural light is wonderful; so let that shine in wherever possible. But no matter what the motif is of your overall décor, modern or industrial lighting can really make a room. Don’t cut corners when it comes to lighting, as the more the better—as long as it is strategically placed.
Think of doing a matching pair of wall sconces above your bed. Put tall floor lamps in the corners of room to add just a touch of light. And the kitchen is often the piece de resistance, as a really neat set of pendant lights hanging above your island can really make the room pop. And, although mirrors aren’t light, per se, they have a similar effect. They make each room look distinguished and have the added benefit of creating the illusion of space.
The masterminds behind We Buy Houses Denver make sure to take full advantage of lights when showing a home. Mood lighting is for more than just dating! They make sure that each room is strategically lit so that it’s not bright and cafeteria-like but, rather, subtle and inviting. They often light candles to accentuate this even more.
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Don’t Forget the Final Touches
We might not recognize them consciously but what we likely don’t realize we love about our friends’ houses aren’t the big things but the little things they’ve added. From a gorgeous bowl of scented potpourri or an oil diffuser as you enter and fresh flowers to Chinese lanterns and decorative curtains, little touches can create a big effect.
Add these simple decorations to bring your home to life and sit back as the compliments roll in.