Don't know how to upgrade your home, use this cheat sheet

Everyone wants to have a home that looks fantastic, but let’s be honest: most people don’t have these homes, and it’s through no fault of their own. Everyone has their own skills in life, and an automatic feel for what looks good is a gift that’s afforded to a rare few. But does this mean that you have to settle for substandard decor? Bet your bottom dollar that it doesn’t. Below, we take a look at a few golden rules and practices that’ll have your home looking as good as - no, better than - anyone's on the block.

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List Your Priorities

The first thing to know is that no one golden rule can be applied to home’s across the country, and for one simple reason: everyone has different needs and wants from their home! Before you begin planning what you want your house to look like moving forward, you’ll need to think about the aspects that are important to you. Is it to have a modern, rustic home? Or to have a place that is as equally suitable for adults as it is for children? Once you’ve figured these things out, you’ll be able to start narrowing down your focus.

Steal From Friends

Were you always taught that stealing was bad? For the most part, that’s true - but certainly not what it comes to style. There are very few original creators out there; most people find their inspiration from other people, and you should too. As you’re going about your daily life, take a look at what your friends and family are doing with their homes. If you see something that you like, make a note of it and plan to incorporate it into your home.

Educate Yourself

And of course, thanks to the internet (and before that, those old things we call “books”), you don’t have to just rely on what’s going on in the homes of your friends and family: you can also see what the experts have to say. Take a read of ‘Contemporary Home D├ęcor, Interior Designers, and Modern Ceiling Fan Ideas’, and you’ll learn what the best minds think you should have in your house. There’s a wealth of information on home decor online, so make sure you’re using it to your advantage when you’re planning to upgrade your home.

Understand Your Space

Remember before, when we said that’s no one rule for all homes, because of individual needs and desires? That’s also true because all spaces are different. You can’t plan on going overkill with your decoration if you live in a tiny apartment, for example. Before you begin planning your upgrades, think of the space you’ll be decorating. What is the size and shape of the room? How much natural light does it get? It’s not about understanding the limitations for your home: it’s about ensuring you’re able to bring out the best with what you have!

How to Buy Art

Adding a work of art to your home is underrated: not enough people do it. Yet it adds something that nothing else can and, if chosen correctly, can really make the home special. Of course, there’s a method to buying art: you can’t just buy any piece and expect it to work wonders in your house. The first rule is: buy something you like. You’re the one who’ll be living with it, and it should be something that you love to see every day. Beyond that, it’s about finding colors and textures that contrast (in a good way) with your decor. Also, remember that the framing and placement are just as important as the art you're adding to your home. Don’t blunt its impact by buying budget framing, for instance.

Adding the Small Details

Life exists in the small details; it’s the “under the radar” additions that’ll bring your home together. There’s something to be said for having a minimalist look, but you don’t want to run the risk of having a home that’s too thin on interest. Small additions like statues, flowers, plants, a shelf of books will all help to make your home more visually appealing.

Your Furniture Layout

Sometimes, people get into the habit of placing their furniture wherever they think it’ll fit. But that’s a backwards approach: before buying your furniture, think about what you want to achieve with it. There are different layouts, each conducive to different goals, such as relaxing, conversation, or for children to play in. For sure, there are many more options than just pointing all your seating towards the television.

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Adding the Feng Shui

Your home might have more potential than you realise. Even if you don’t think that it’ll eventually bring you riches, there’s something to be said for adding those Feng Shui touches throughout your house. For starters, it’ll make your home look more orderly and in sync with its surroundings. If you add all the Feng Shui elements to your home, you’ll have a home bustling with vibrant energy. And who cares too much what it does for you if it also makes your house look fantastic?

Dress for the Season

Your home won’t just have one look. It’ll have two, or maybe even four if you’re on top of everything. You should be switching out your pillows, throws, and lighting so that they reflect the season. In winter, you’ll want deep colors that add warmth and coziness to your house. In the summer, get rid of them and replace them with light and airy pillow colors. It’s a small difference, but one that you’ll notice.

Add Your Style

Remember, there’s much you can learn from the experts, but ultimately it’s going to come down to what you think looks good. Don’t be afraid to add your own sense of style to your home. Who knows, what you create might just become the standard bearer of home decor for your friends and family. Get creative, and see what you can come up with once you have some ideas about what works well. 

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