By Francesca Holmes

3 Design Elements to Change Your House from Drab to Fab!

Giving your house a makeover can be tough. There are endless possibilities and options to choose from! If you’re confused about what’ll work and what won’t you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some useful tips and amazing ideas on using 3 design elements to liven up your house.

Plants

Indoor plants can instantly change the atmosphere of your house and help your décor look complete. Just be sure to pick the right plants depending on how well you can care for them. If you don’t have the time to look after plants or if you’re a novice gardener, you might want to select plants that require minimum maintenance.

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Tips

  • Big showy plants can be used in large rooms to fill up empty spaces. Pick a big plant with large leaves such as ficus or philodendron for the best effect.
  • Large plants can be used in small rooms too, but be sure to select ones with small leaves so that the space doesn’t get overwhelmed. Medium-sized plants with big leaves will also look good in a small room.
  • Place plants against a simple background or the space could end up looking cluttered. Plants with big leaves placed in front of a wall with heavily patterned wallpaper will be easy on the eyes.
  • Colors of leaves and flowers should match with the existing décor or complement it. Note that plants like ficus and yucca go well with wooden furniture; dracaena and snake plants will complement steel, marble, and glass furnishings; bulbs, geraniums, and other flowering plants will work in a home with country style décor.
  • If you are allergic to plants and grass, imitation grass can come to your rescue! Synthetic grass can be used on the floor and walls on its own or with low-allergen plants to spruce up the decor.

Ideas

  • To add interest to a room, group plants with a variety of textures together. Placing taller plants at the back and shorter ones in the front will create the illusion of depth.
  • Grow plants in differently shaped pots to draw attention. You can also color plant pots to complement the rest of the décor.
  • Don’t stick to growing plants in pots and urns; grow vines in plant holders suspended from the ceiling.
  • Make use of vertical space by fixing plant holders on an empty wall. Grow herbs or succulents in them.

Art

Be it paintings, sculptures, or small knick-knacks that you’ve gathered over the years, art in any form can transform a space remarkably.

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Tips

  • Hang artwork such that the center point is at eye-level. Art that is hung too high or too low will fail to make an impact. When displaying more than two pieces together, treat the entire grouping as one unit to ensure correct placement.
  • Bigger-sized artwork will look great in a spacious room. If displaying a small sculpture on a big wall, choose a large-sized frame with extra matting.
  • When mixing articles of varying sizes, aim to achieve balance instead of grouping large and small items separately.

Ideas

  • You needn’t purchase expensive artwork to bring your house to life, though; simply hanging pictures that inspire you or displaying photographs of loved ones will do the trick.
  • You can also indulge in some painting and put your work on display!
  • If you travel a lot, you can display photographs from your travels or souvenirs that you picked up around your house too.

Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and can double up space, which makes them perfect for small and cramped up rooms. However, you shouldn’t go about hanging mirrors all around your house; you don’t want this design element to work against you.

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Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a tiny room- doing so will create the illusion of depth and space.
  • For the same reason, don’t stop yourself from using mirrors in narrow hallways.
  • Mirrors on the ceiling can look tacky so don’t use them there unless you want to give your house a retro look or make it look like a cheap motel!
  • Refrain from using mirrors in kitchens- they won’t look great there. Plus, there are various ways to make a small kitchen look bigger without hanging mirrors on the walls.
  • When using mirrors in the bedroom, never place them facing the bed as this can create negative energy.
  • Don’t use mirrors in rooms that already have a lot of accents; a mirror in a busy room can make the space look cluttered.
  • Make sure you’re mindful of where you’re placing mirrors- positioning a mirror that reflects clutter, random objects, or unattractive furniture won’t help your décor. Place mirrors around your house such that they reflect a pretty view or natural light.

Ideas

  • Make a large mirror the focal point of your room by framing. Choose a gilded frame or one in a bright color to make the mirror stand out from the rest of the décor or help tie various elements together.
  • Think wall-to-wall mirrors; it’ll double up the space and coupled with picture windows, can make a space seem bright and airy.
  • Use mirrored furniture to do double duty. Pick a mirrored coffee table or settle for a mirrored armoire!
  • Instead of using a single large mirror, consider using a number of mirrors cut in different shapes or fitted in a variety of frames.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to use three great design elements, what are you waiting for? Give your house a splendid makeover right away!

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