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Tips for Keeping Your Home Effortlessly Stylish
PostedbySuper UseronThursday, 30 October 2014in Realtors Real Estate Sales BlogFont size:LargerSmaller
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Having an eye for decoration that works in your home doesn’t come naturally to everyone. I’ve stepped foot in houses that belong on the covers of lifestyle magazines and I’ve also visited homes where proud wives have spent small fortunes on “beautifying” their house only to end up with something that I thought was overdone, outdated or tacky. I’ve found that achieving understated tastefulness has little to do with cost and everything to do with simple choices.
Stick to a predetermined colour palette for your house, or each room. Unless, of course, you’re going with Andy-Warhol-inspired pop art décor (in which case the colour choices are simply bright and bold). The easiest is usually to stick to neutral, earthy colours. If you’re not one for browns and beiges, then choose one main colour (like teal) and decorate according to that with splashes of other colours that compliment it (like dove grey and white). Just decide on your combination and stick to it.
Lots of Natural Light
Dark enclosed spaces and heavy unending walls are suited for are dungeons, gothic clubs, and Steven Spielberg thrillers. If your home has enough windows, let them let the light in. Sunlight not only gives us that much needed Vitamin D, but it also creates an airiness and openness in a space, often making it feel bigger. If you prefer to keep the curtains drawn, opt for light-coloured curtains and/or only keep the inner sheer curtains drawn. If you don’t have many sources of natural light at home, get mirrors. A nice big, simply-framed mirror on the wall can make a small, stuffy room seem bigger and more welcoming.
This is something that really gets to me. Too many knickknacks in a room make me feel uncomfortable. Often the rooms either look like a flea market or a novelty store at an airport and I keep my arms tucked in for fear of bumping something and starting a crashing dominoes effect. On the other hand, I advocate decorating. I’m all for displaying a beautiful bowl or lining up those Moroccan teacups on the shelf. The thing is: rather have one or two beautiful items that draw attention than have a room full of valuable trinkets that are all lost in the loudness of so much stuff.
While these tips don’t assist with every step of the decorating process, hopefully they provide some guidance and clarity when you’re faced with the formidable task.
Do you have other tips or some thoughts that you’d like to share with us and our readers? Feel free to make use of the comment section below.
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