If you’re looking to add a touch luxury to your home without spending your whole time seeking professional advice, start with these basic DIY tasks. Here are five things you can do that will help you design your home without looking like a fool doing so.

1. Declutter your home

Declutter your home

Nothing destroys a great looking home like clutter. Look around your house. Do you see paper piles or mail stacks? Are you just adding to knickknack collection rather than selecting favorites. And frankly: when was the last time you cleaned up your refrigerator?

Simply decluttering your home to boost its appearance costs very little money that you can spend elsewhere, like nice office trays, and frames for your kid’s artwork. Put trash/recycling trash around the home accessible to toss junk immediately. Removing the clutter will make your home appear larger and more stylish, helping your treasured objects be emphasized rather than lost. Removing clutter is the perfect time to assess what you no longer need and what you can make room for.

2. Paint to impress

Paint to impress

Paint can be the single defining factor of your home design. It is, as you probably know, makes the most dramatic change for your money. Be daring, be bold and most importantly – stay away from beige! Instead, choose a complex color. This means that if you would use more words to describe the color, it’s probably complex. For instance, if you said it was a “kind of gold, straw, beige color,” it’s a complex color. If you simply said yellow, it probably isn’t a very exciting look.
A good color on the walls can make the room go from “meh” to “whoa” in less than a day.

3. Prettify display surfaces

Prettify display surfaces

The art of accessorizing differentiates a professional from a wannabe decorator. Flat surfaces like bookcases, mantels and coffee tables are perfect places to restyle. The key point here is making it simple. Your bookcases should only be two thirds full. Place no more than three items on end tables. Do not put mirrors above your fireplace (it’s a very dated style) – place artworks instead.

4. Change with the seasons

Living room wood slab table with DIY Halloween decor project. Glass vase wrapped in orange tulle ribbon holding candy corn next to tiny fresh pumpkins and squash with American Home by Yankee Candle fragrances

Repurpose your things into DIY seasonal decor

You probably know this one: lighter and brighter designs are for spring/summer and richer, darker are for fall/winter. Change out bath towels, accent pillows and other placements.

Still, sometimes it’s hard to change styles when your neighborhood and community you’re at is dull. If you’re considering a new experience, then perhaps looking into new places to call your new home like the land for sale in Shellharbour by Lend Lease is the right choice.

Starting fresh will also help you…

5. Make it personal

Decorating a house is a job, but styling it is fun! Personalization gives you the ability to put your hobbies, interests and values into your décor to make it truly YOU.

How can you accomplish this? One idea is to pick up inexpensive curtains at your local store, and then purchase exquisite wide ribbons to glue on the edge. You may finish it off with a scarf you wore on your first night out with your honey to tie back the drapes.

By applying these simple tips, you can make a big impact by taking your home from ordinary to fabulous in no time!

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.