Whether you have just moved or are looking for a quick, little home pick-me-up, or perhaps something more significant, there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers employ that you too can easily do with minimal effort and cost. Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, a painting, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Take a look at these clever design tips and see how they can inspire you!

  1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger
    A compact size room has the tendency to seem cramped, but the large windows, bright colored walls and ample use of lights gives you a great example of how to maximize a small living space. It does not only reflect the natural light pouring in from the doors and the windows, but it also gives the optical illusion of space, making the room seem larger than it actually is. Conversely, darker colors will make a room feel smaller. Even with the abundance of natural light and the strategic placement of your collectibles, the room in a darker shade would have a more boxed-in feel to it.
  2. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.
    Placing decorative mirrors can make a room look more spacious and elegant. Mirrors are great for a couple of reasons. First, they don’t take lots of space and can be placed on different surfaces. Second, the best way to fix a room with limited natural light is putting a mirror right across the windows – that is to make it look more spacious. Additionally, mirrors are not expensive. So, if you’re looking for something to add dimension in your house but your budget is limited, these items can do the trick.
  3. Mix up old and new, expensive and inexpensive
    There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style. The antique Chippendale desk that was your grandfather’s tells a story. It tells the story of your past. The modern couch you fell in love with and simply had to purchase also tells a story, your present story, and there is no reason why the present and past can’t co-exist beautifully together. With fabrics whether it be furniture, rugs or pillows, varied colors and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space.
  4. Use what you already have to decorate
    We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!

At Rosemary’swe delight in transforming your home and office into a haven even with a limited budget. We also offer consultancy and advisory services on all aspects of interior decoration.

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