At first, it may seem simple and easy, but once you start the process of making your home aesthetically pleasing, then you will realize there is more to it than meets the eye. However, when you know the factors to focus on, making your home look like the one on IKEA's magazine cover shouldn't be that hard. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Small rooms tend to make any space uncomfortable by creating a feeling of contraction. Therefore, if your living room, kitchen or bedroom is small maximize on mirrors as they tend to make a room feel bigger and airier by creating an illusion of depth. Trick your eyes and mind as well as that of your guests by placing mirrors on focal points of the room in question. For instance, if your living room is small, place a large mirror near the window as it will reflect the room, making it appear to be spacious, lighter and airier achieving the much-needed effect.
Your plain walls offer you a great chance to transform your living space into an aesthetically pleasing space without you having to spend too much. Paint one of your walls with a beautiful neutral color, or any color that you think blends in with your décor, and then bring in some artwork. The painted wall acts as an excellent backdrop for the piece of art you add on it and also creates a focal point that your guests are immediately attracted to whenever they visit you. As for art, always go big as large works of art have the same effect as mirrors; that is; they create an illusion of a bigger space.
Besides art, frames are now a hot decorating trend that you can use to give your walls some life. You can use both small and large ones. For instance, if the wall space available is big, bring in a large one and add a piece of art you like in it, a dried plant, your picture or better still, leave it empty and then bring in a few smaller ones and strategically position them around the big one. Combining small framed art pieces with a big one creates a striking display that makes your home even more appealing without you having to break your budget.
Lighting plays an essential role in how pleasing your home becomes. You might do everything right, but if you get your lighting wrong, then all your hard work will have gone to waste. Therefore, try and get it right. Add different types of lighting to give your room dimension and ensure the kind of lights you use blend in with your décor pieces. Ditch harsh bulbs for those with softer, warmer bulbs that cast a flattering glow and blend in with your décor to create an inviting ambiance.
Use accent lights to create a focal point. For instance, place a stunning painting on your corridor, and use an accent bulb to highlight it so that guests may stop to stare at it whenever they are walking along the corridor. Also utilize task lights, for instance, under cabinet lights in your kitchen to illuminate countertops. While at it, don’t forget natural lighting. If you have large windows, use sheer covers so that you can let it in as much natural light as possible.