Can I style my own home?

Do you want to modernize your living space? Do you want to create a peaceful environment within your bedroom? Wanting to update a dated kitchen? You don’t need an interior designer. With the below top tips and your creative taste and style, you can transform any room within your home.

How to use light to style your home

Take note of your home’s natural light. Where does it come from, and how much is there? You want to make sure that any room you redesign has enough natural light to make it feel bright and welcoming. If not, consider adding skylights or floor-to-ceiling windows so that the space feels brighter.

Dark rooms make your mood dip and can make a room feel cramped and uninviting. Lighten up the room by using light-coloured paints and fabrics. If you want to use dark colours, make sure you counterbalance them with lighter tones everywhere else. Use dark colours only sparingly in the room and place one large mirror in each room. The mirror will help to make the room seem bigger.

How to style your home based on room size

Consider the size of your room. If it’s small, adding a lot of furniture can make it feel even smaller. Instead, look for ways to add storage options and open up space. A good example of this, is how to utilise the space in your downstairs toilet. Often these small cramped spaces can be difficult to design.

Make sure there is enough space. For a room to feel inviting and relaxing, there needs to be room to move around freely. Keep walkways clear and free of furniture, or clutter. Clutter is distracting and uncomfortable. Clear out unnecessary belongings. Use storage space, boxes and baskets to keep things organized and less distracting in the room.

If you have a large room that needs to feel more intimate, look for ways to divide the space into smaller areas. This can be done with with furniture or plants. You can also use mirrors to make the room appear larger than it is by reflecting light and creating an illusion of depth.

How to decorate your home with accessories

Add artwork to your walls to create a room that is not only beautiful, but also vibrant and homely. Match the colours of the images to the colours in the room, and choose images that fill up at least most of the wall space. Small frames in a large space will look out of place and cluttered, whereas larger frames will look as if they belong there.

Use the rule of three. Arranging objects in threes has been shown to be more appealing and memorable, and the odd number formation (such as five or seven) can also be effective. Placing candles and flowers on a sideboard can create a high visual impact if you arrange them in groups of three. Use a mirror to create the illusion of space.

Mirrors are great tools for creating the illusion of space in smaller rooms. They can be used to reflect light and make a room seem brighter, or they can be strategically placed to make your home appear larger than it is. When placing mirrors, think about what you want them to do first—light up or expand?