These days I’m quite busy trying to find some clever decorating ideas, which doesn’t cost the earth, but they will add a bit of a style to our place. Because, let’s face it, the kids already ruined our nice pre-children stuff. We replaced them (and everything new we buy in fact) with functional, child proof but not so nice stuff.
There is a chance for putting our flat on the market, so it worth to think about a little bit of style upgrade, which would look good on the photos. It’s really hard to give a room a character but also keep the costs reasonable. So after browsing around, I now have some ideas which I think would help most rooms to look more stylish by only adding a few items.
Currently, there’s all sorts of trends out there from retro revival to sleek minimalist designs or even a mixture of them. It is of course entirely the matter of personal taste – there’s no right or wrong (well, to a degree), the most important thing is, that you like it and you feel comfortable with living your chosen furniture and everyday objects. In case you’d like a quick guidance on current interior design styles, here’s a useful guide for it, it covers the most popular current trends: Different Interior Design Styles
My little collection of decorating ideas will go hand in hand with most of the different styles.
1. Shine a light
Adding a few extra light sources, stylish lamps and finding good spots for them helps to brighten up every room. Especially when the days are getting shorter and it’s going darker outside from 4pm. More light sources means you don’t need just one -often too bright-, unnatural ceiling lamp, but you can achieve a more harmonious, mood lifting lighting.
2. Play with textiles
Cushions, upholstery or rugs can really determine a style. My current favourite is mixing old and new: giving an old chair a makeover or hanging up a vintage looking makrame but in trendy colours. Don’t be afraid to use colours if you like them.
3. Plants, plants, plants!
A friend of mine told me that she sold her house by buying lots of good looking plants and flowers for the open house day. Having plants and flower decoration can also brighten up your mood. I normally prefer cut flowers but I’d also love a small indoor palm tree. Well, of course you need to look after them, but you can choose plants which require less watering. The advantage of cut flowers that you can have something different every week.
This is a tricky one. You’ve got to be very careful with pretty wallpapers otherwise you end up with your grandparents’ living room look. (Mind you, I love looking at it, but only occasionally, not all the time.) So why not choose just one wall and a very characteristic wallpaper? My absolute favourite is lately just one wall with palm tree print – but it could be any pattern you really like. The good thing about is, you can change it more often than four fully covered walls, when you get bored of it.
5. Recycle and upcycle
Corks, old brass pipes, crates, jars…. anything! Hit Pinterest and find some cool projects. There’s so many lovely things to make with recycled material. You can DIY or find a small upcycling company. You can create a real, one of a kind item.
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