Whether you need to build, redecorate, or restore your house, here are hand-picked tips and tricks with easy and timeless design techniques that will help you spruce up every corner of your home.
1. Easily removable padded headboards or walls sections allow you to change the upholstery whenever you want without damaging your wall.
2. Padded headboards, drapes, and large rugs can help reduce echoes and acoustic distortion in any room.
3. Ceiling designs should be simple to create serene environment for your home.
4. It is best to use primary colors into a room to bring lively energy and impact before the eyes. Such primary colors are fire engine red, sky blue, and mango yellow.
5. Cleaning mattresses and giving freshly washed beddings, pillows, and blankets make your guests feel at home, ensure also proper ventilations in a room.
6. Exudes a mood of romance with color schemes such as pink, fuchsia, and red in your bedroom.
7. In washing beddings, it is better to use a mild detergent. Clean the stained spot first before washing it.
8. Considers the colors, textures of materials, weight, and maintainability when shopping for beddings.
9. Make your room that accommodates different activities and purposes.
10. Install hooks behind cabinet doors or walls to hold anything like pot holders, spatulas, etc.
11. Slip in dividers to make the most of shelves, drawers, and cabinets.
12. Bright or pastel colors will make your kitchen look well-lit while darker colored kitchens will be harders to illuminate.
13. Test color out on one small area of your kitchen first before making the final step. Leave it there for at least a week, and see if it works for you on a daily basis. Remember that color can influence your mood or even make your food look more appetizing.
14. You can make your space look antiques and old by giving it a distressed look.
15. Too much decorative accents can clutter a space. However, the right items can enhance its look and prove useful to your kitchen needs.
16. Use coasters, trivets, and cutting boards on countertops to help protect your kitchen counter. This will help minimized scratches ans stains.
17. Play with interesting textures. Use contrast and harmony in the selection of kitchen surface materials.
18. Synthetic or stone countertops can contribute to a smooth and cool feel, while stainless surfaces ass a sleek feel and help ease maintenance in the kitchen.
19. When cleaning your stone finishes, avoid using acids, strong soaps, abrasives or anything that might scratch the surface of your floors.
20. Protect stone flooring with rugs or mats, and use felt stickers under furniture’s legs to avoid scratches.
21. Create opening in walls to link areas and create the illusion of more space. A bar counter between a dining room and kitchen visually connects the spaces, giving it a larger feel.
22. A simple way to know if your kitchen appliance is heavy duty is by feeling the weight of the doors, grates, and other accessories. Anything that is thin and light is usually not for long term use, no matter how attractive they look.
23. The old fashioned popcorn maker is for film buffs. Having one in your home gives your house character and encourages movies nights!
24. Beautiful centerpieces add ambiance to any room.
25. Opt for an open plan home which makes areas look more spacious by reducing visual and physical barriers. The living and dining rooms should flow naturally to the garden, thereby visually “borrowing” exterior space and creates the illusion of an expansive area.
26. To get the relaxing spa effect in your bathrooms, soft blues and greens are the best colors to use. Soft blues remind us of the tranquil quality of water, while cool greens reflect the comfort of nature.
27. Invest in matching caddies, racks, and hooks, or at least find those items in the same color or style. A uniform appearance need not be boring; add interesting decor in your bathroom to give it character.
28. Use pebbles and river rocks as an alternative indoor floor treatment, or pile them in bathroom corners for that luxurious spa feeling. Just make sure to have them pre-treated to prevent mildew and molds.
29. Design small bathroom space efficiently. Washbasins with built-in vanity cabinets that provide additional storage spaces are now available.
30. Making the door color of the powder room a continuation of the walls allow the area to have a cleaner, less cluttered look.
WINDOWS, WALLS, AND FLOORS
31. Provide large window and door openings. Design your space as if you want to bring the outdoors in.
32. Wherever security and privacy allow, invest in large, clear windows. You’d be surprised at how spaces can become more inviting and soothing once garden and sky are visible.
33. Save time cleaning your windows by skipping heavy and hard-to-install traverse curtains. Go for window treatment such as matchstick blinds and grommet or tab-type curtains.
34. Create a window seat with a hinged top so you can tuck away pillows or curtains.
35. Surround a lone window with open shelves for books and other reading materials. Have them built from floor to ceiling for an instant library-inspired setting.
36. When using paint, prep walls properly. Any uneven surfaces should be cleaned and sanded. Flat paint tends to come out even but is susceptible to handprints and smudging, that is why it is usually used for the ceiling. Semi-gloss paint is more resistant to dirt.
37. Hang an intricately designed mirror to accentuate any wall and to make the space look brighter and even larger.
38. More than the usual decor and accessories, you can personalize your space by unleashing your creativity. With the use of stencils and contact paper, you can create different designs on mirrors and tiles.
39. Vertical lines on walls make a space seem higher than it actually is.
40. the addition of carefully chosen rug can do wonders to spruce up the look of the space. An area rug highlights anything on top of it, be it a center table, a dining table, or even bed.
41. The bathroom floors capture majority of the waters. Therefore, a balance between smoothness and roughness of flooring should be perfectly married. It should be smooth enough to let liquids flow and prevent collection of dirt and grime, while being rough enough to minimize slippage to prevent accidents.
42. If your kids have kids with them, make your space child-friendly with protective mats for slippery areas and sockets covers for electric plugs.
43. When choosing solid wood flooring, pick one that has been treated with anti-insect solutions. Wood tends to shrink over time, it is also advisable to use factory-finished or kiln-dried wood.
44. Keep your walls, floors, and major furniture neutral in color. Regularly update your space by introducing new colors and patterns. This can be easily done to placemats, sheets, slipcovers, and throw pillows.
45. Colors influence our senses and affect our moods, so choose hues that are relaxing and calming. Be careful when using bright or very strong colors for your walls because they can overpower the rest of the design elements in your space.
46. Keep elegance in your design. Look cozy chic and not cozy cheap. Keep it stylishly simple with a few accent touches. Do not be afraid to mix and match but remember to keep it streamlined with your design concept.
47. Take color weight into consideration. This means having one dominant color combination with ‘smaller’ complementary colors so your space won’t appear chaotic.
48. As general rule, try to match the colors you choose to the biggest items you already have in a room – a sofa, a rug, or even painting.
49. Colored glass, stained by the addition of various metallic oxides while it is in the molten state, is an excellent way of enhancing light and accentuating colors in a room.
50. When you have a lot of color in your house, provide points of rest between spaces. This way you have color in your home but also a spot to provide calm when you need it.
51. Use color in combination with texture and patterns when changing the look of a room. Choose two or three patterns that have one common color to avoid a cluttered appearance.
52. Pictures of unusual decorative or aesthetic value should be given ample wall spaces.
53. If paintings are an important feature, repeat the hues of the painting in the color scheme of the room.
54. Rooms with murals, scenic papers, or strongly patterned wallpaper do not require additional pictorial enrichment. Try to keep patterned accent walls free from any other artwork or photos.
55. Relate the subject matters of pictures to the character of the room, as well as the interest of the occupant.
56. Make use of the wall ledges to display your collection. To keep items from falling, you may attach a shallow ridge at the front of the ledge.
57. If you don’t have a very large collection, displaying an odd number of items is always more interesting than an even number of items.
58. Satisfy the senses of your guests with sweet-smelling scents and dramatic lighting for more inviting and relaxed dining experience.
59. Create an illusion of space. A simulated tall or wide window with mirror, or a digital graphic print like a cityscape can transform a cramped area into an interesting corner.
60. Being too trendy will give your home a cookie-cutter look. It can make your space too dated or even a mere replica of your neighbor’s house. Purchasing a few contemporary pieces or updating your color scheme can bring your home into the present but still maintain a classic look.
61. When choosing a door, take into account how often it will be opened, what is in front of and behind the door, and the amount of space available for opening and closing.
62. Make sure your hallways and pathways are wide enough, clear of obstruction, and have logic to them. This way, people can move through the space freely.
63. Choose any corner in the living room or lanai where you can put a comfy chair. Turn this into a cozy reading nook.
64. Always have a focal point in any room.
65. Don’t over furnish! Plan your space with the basic furniture pieces in mind. It is easier to add than be stuck with items you don’t need.
66. Rearrange your furniture and accessories once in a while to avoid a “tired” look. Your interiors must always look fresh!
67. Choose right-sized furniture. Avoid bulky pieces that are designed for a large spaces. Use correct furniture proportion in a more intimate scale.
68. Furniture can be compact yet functional. Look for flexibility in pieces, such as style and usefulness.
69. Contemporary Danish style furniture offer pieces that are both remarkable and functional.
70. Have at least one unique piece of furniture or an investment art by your favorite artist, that will stand out and grab the attention of your guests. It is better to invest on one great thing that you love than on many little cheap nothings.
LIGHTING AND VENTILATION
71. If you want a relaxed ambiance, choose yellow light as it can physically alleviate pain and discomfort.
72. Ensure that there is ample ventilation. Well-ventilated spaces have a lighter and fresher ambiance that can improve your mood.
73. Fluorescent, halide, or diodes are the most advisable types of lighting units for sustaining indoor plants.
74. Light is critical to colors. Make all your lights flexible and dimmable so you can change the moods. Ideally, LED lighting is best for accents and ambiance.
75. When stringing up lights, keep them away from the cooktops and from places where a lot of work is done. Secure light cables so that no one strips on them.
76. Lots of daylights is the greatest ‘colorization’ of space because it is forever changing.
77. Create tall rooms. These make way for air mass and thermal insulation.
78. Eliminate the amount of plastic and synthetic compounds in the home to improve indoor air quality. Opt for organic and eco-friendly materials.
ORGANIZING AND STORAGE
79. eliminate items that are “not you.” Bask in your own personal style and get rid of items that you keep out of a sense of obligation rather than enjoyment. Clear clutter to make space for things and pieces you truly love.
80. Stylish storage and display options can be in different forms and functions. Creating a fuss-free wall system for storage, writing, and display is a space-saving idea. Turn it into a wall when not in use.
81. While in the process of sprucing up the dwelling, opt to add more shelves on the walls. It will provide a place for your things and free up precious floor space.
82. Consider sturdy and durable floor-to-ceiling shelves on an entire wall to hold books, picture frames, and memorabilia.
83. When planning for your storage, be conscious about how deep your drawers are. Remember that the deeper the drawer, the more space it needs to be pulled out. Ensure you have enough space to pull it out completely and access all items inside with ease.
84. Reachable shelving is usually 75 in or 1.90m high. It’s best to tailor the height of the shelving specific to the users. To avoid accidents, place frequently used items within reach. Any storage beyond this height is called dead storage and is usually allocated for items used once in a blue moon.
85. Use the third dimension – airspace. Make use of spaces above and below areas occupied by furniture, appliances, and stairways
86. Maximize wardrobe space. Sliding doors can save more circulation space than regular swing-out closet doors.
87. Frosted glass is a good choice for closet doors if you are not keen on maintenance as it obscures the view.
88. Before deciding on closet built-ins, make sure you are ready for it. Some people find it easier to do in small or tricky spaces, but if you like changes and moving furniture around, choose your built-in areas wisely.
89. Adopt in-and-out rule. If you live in a small home, storage of junk can become a serious problem. Each time you buy something new, get rid of something else to make space.
90. Color coordinating your boxes with the current palette of your home is a good idea to create the illusion of space.
91. Who said that a walk-in closet has to be dull and boring? Paint the walls in a bright color, and opt to make the space more interesting with artworks of your choice.
92. Hanging pockets can hold virtually anything depending on the size of the pockets. An ideal spot to hang them is at the back of your bedroom door, where you can store loose change, keys, and all your little things for on-the-go convenience.
93. Employ an effective furniture layout that allows for easy movement. This provides visual interest, as well as stress-free environment. No one likes bumping into displaced furniture.
94. Choose furniture ideal for lounging and lazing around. Informal furniture such as lounge chairs, low couches, and ottomans invite relaxation and casual conversation.
95. Make outdoor area more fluid by extending part of it onto the garden and placing plants into the space. This way, both areas literally flow into each other.
96. Achieve a calming ambiance in any space by utilizing a composition of plants interspersed with candles in tall glass cylinders or ceramic dishes.
97. Hang plants singly or with other plants. Introduce exciting forms and patterns, and play around with heights.
98. Water is an essential factor in any garden as it provides a source of peace and serenity in any form. Incorporate it in a pool or pond, or let it flow in a cascade or on rocks in a waterfall.
99. Brighten dark corners in your garden by adding pale gravel or colored stones on the ground with a wash of pale paint on walls or fences. Try to avoid using white because it will reflect sunlight and cause glare.
100. Spruce up your interiors using natural elements. Flowering plants, touches of wood, rattan, bamboo, and other natural elements will give your interiors a semblance of rural life – commonly identified as vacation places – and instantly impart a cozy and homey ambiance.
Source: MyHome (The Philippines’ No. 1 Magazine)