Have you ever decorated your living room with all the pieces that complement each other and thought, “it looks nice but something feels off.”
The home builders did a great work with the architecture. The furniture pieces you selected are also mixed pretty well. You painted the wall with your favorite color – beige – and you see nothing wrong with that. However, you can’t feel the “wow” factor. The home is far from looking alive and personal.
Maybe you need to do a little makeover and add the essentials that have been missing; something that will make your home feel more like a home. Hopefully, this list will help you punch up your space.
1. Something colorful
While we praise monochromatic schemes like all-white or all-beige rooms for their elegance and tranquility, they tend to feel flat and lifeless. A little injection of color can do the trick.
Add energy with some pops of color on accessories, like throw pillows, picture frames, table centerpieces, flower vases, and light fixtures. If you want to go big opt for color-packed furniture pieces rather than sticking to neutral ones, such as a statement couch, a colorful set of dining chairs, and vivid cabinetry.
Colors come in different forms; whether they are light or dark, vibrant or muted, warm or cool, they never fail to punch up an apparently dull monochromatic space.
2. Something with layers of texture
If you can’t bear to inject a contrasting color in your beloved neutral or monochromatic space, one great way to add interest without drifting from your palette is by bringing in textures.
Mix smooth and rough, soft and hard, matte and glossy, like placing a smooth faux fur throw blanket atop a sturdy chair, or hanging an intricate wood carving against the blank, smooth wall. Play with throws, rugs, woven baskets, and other decors that add a layer of interest to an otherwise flat space. Next to textures, patterns can also be used to punch up a standard room or furniture.
3. Something Green and Alive
Plants can do absolute wonders for your home. In addition to freshening up the air you breathe, their mere presence helps in making your home feel more inviting and homey.
Think beyond small vases of the green stuff. Consider putting indoor trees to add wonderful height to a room. Fresh-cut flowers of different kinds are also recommended for adding color and fragrance to your room, but you have to care for them properly.
If you have no green thumb, opt for some trendy succulents which are easy to grow and maintain. If you have the tendency to kill even a cactus, opt for faux houseplants that look very realistic just to add a touch of green to your space.
4. Something Black
A few touches of black in your space are enough to elevate a boring space. Next to adding depth, black has the power to organize disparate pieces.
Hang photos using black frames. Display black pieces of art. Add a black accent furniture or light fixture. Drape a black throw blanket on your boring beige sofa. Hang a chalkboard-painted sign. Have a black accent wall, and contrast it with light-hued decors.
5. Something to Read
Books are staples for every room, whether you’re a bibliophile or not. You can barely imagine a space without books in it, right? Aside from having something to grab and read when you get bored, books can simply be used as beautiful objects in a display. They also help add height to a room.
You don’t have to have massive bookcases. There are several unique ways to store and display your beloved books. You can have a few books sitting on a coffee table in the living room, stack a few cooking books in a kitchen, or have them arranged neatly in a chic basket.
6. Something Artsy
A room without art, despite the exquisite pieces arranged thoughtfully, will look and feel like a furniture showroom rather than a home. One great way of showcasing character is by leaving some room for art pieces, like paintings, posters, figurines, and handicrafts. Adorn your room with selected pieces that reflect who you are and what you want.
Go to flea markets and garage sales. Buy affordable prints of popular art pieces. Visit stores that support local artisans and buy their unique handicrafts. If you have an eye for DIY crafts, you can make your own art, use beautiful frames or containers, and showcase them.
A striking furniture piece, like a big couch with bold colors and patterns or a statement mirror, whose unique design is set apart from others, can be considered as a piece of art too.
7. Something Personal
Nothing beats framed photographs when we talk of elements that make a house truly a home. Aside from displaying family portraits and beautifully-freezed moments of your family’s adventures, you can give the home a touch of personality with art and objects that reflect your passion and interests; things that connect to you on a personal level.
Nature lover? Showcasing your collections of landscape and floral as well as animal figurines may interest you. Music lover? Display 30-year-old vinyl albums with cool covers and mount your guitar collections. Travel enthusiast? Hang photos of the beautiful destinations you’ve been to and display your beloved decor-worthy souvenirs.