If you’re looking to stamp your own style on the blank canvas that is your house, then there are a few surefire tips to ensure your end result is sleek, stylish and, above all, livable. These days DIY and home decorating are all the rage and it’s never been more affordable, accessible or inspired. So if you’re looking for a few hints to get you underway, here’re five handy tips for home styling success.
Consider Your Space
Whether you’re working with small rooms or large, it’s always important to first consider your space. Small rooms can be visually enlarged with color schemes and furniture placement, and the smart use of wall mirrors. Larger spaces can be made welcoming with plush curtains, inviting rugs and over sized furniture. Furniture and homewares stores such as Super Amart have packages to suit rooms of all sizes and some inspirational ideas to help you maximize your space.
Fork Out For The Big Ticket Items
Most rooms have space in the budget for one or two larger items. The big ticket items in the budget should be the pieces that are going to be used the most. Decorating a room to be stylish, but still kid friendly means that you’re going to want to choose a couch that’s going to stand up to children using it on a daily basis. Look for durable fabric items and furniture pieces that are made from real wood, that are finished with products that are going to stand the test of time.
Sweat The Small Stuff
The small details in your home are the things that you notice – and the things that other people notice. These details are going to be what creates the memories in your space, the souvenirs, the knick knacks, the things that you’ve chosen on those long shopping trips searching for the perfect item for the home. Choose these items with care.
There’s little point in laying plush white carpet in the living room if you’re intending on raising a family of six small children in your home. A house is for living, so consider what will work for you and how your décor and furnishings will enhance your lifestyle. Do you need easy-clean carpets, wash and wear paints and a solid three-seater couch that will take a knock or two without flinching? If so, invest in these items and then make use of them.
Look To Storage
Funky wooden chests as coffee tables are a great place for kids’ toys and underbed storage drawers help keep clutter off the floor. Wooden and baskets of other textiles to store toys, and work as storage solutions to stay organized are an easy (and stylish) way to get rid of the kid clutter, and create a home that feels stylish.
If you’re searching for kid friendly storage, look to floating shelves for the solutions you need. High enough that young children are not going to reach them, and an easy way to create storage without using the space on the floor, you can create space for media, or to showcase collections and vignettes, and a floating a shelf can even take the place of a mantle, changing the decor with every season.
Home decor is never finished, I’m always finding new things that I want to our house to make it more functional, to make it more ‘home’. Adding things, taking things away and finding things to replace something that’s not working is the fun of decorating a home.