We strive to dress to impress so why not take the same principal and apply it to our homes! Here's some simple tips to make the right impression in your home that will WOW your friends and family and make you fall in love with your space.
Be an illusionist...
Perception of space helps give the illusion of more. Designers use visual tricks to alter how people view the space around them. You know the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? While that’s pretty solid advice for acing an interview, but don’t stop there. The idea can just as easily be applied to decorating the rooms in your home.
If you want a room in your home to appear larger, choose furniture that is scaled to size and slimmer, place a large mirror on the back wall, and create depth with wall hangings.
Introduce pattern into your space to make it interesting and help to expand visual space. People are always afraid of big patterns in small spaces, go bold and big it with stripes, geometric, floral and more!
Bring in the "WOW"...
For a lasting impression the most exciting way to do this is to create a feature in your home. It doesn't matter if you live in a small condo or large open-concept space there are ways to bring the "wow" factor in the right scale for your home.
A feature can be created with paint, moulding & trim, wallpaper, fabric, or invest a little more in tile, stone wall, or a built-in feature like a fireplace, or living plant wall! Don't just decide on your feature based on a trend, pick what really stands out to YOU and this will be sure to impress others as well!
Some tips on how to make the most of your feature...
1) Be strategic: place your furniture in such a way to draw the eye to your main attraction.
2) Go bold & brave: have fun with it! try making your feature a contrasting color from the rest of your walls this will add an extra "pop".
3) Play with pattern & shape: this will make your feature more striking! Playful painted stripes or large scale tile in a geometric print will create a memorable and personal touch.
All you need is personality...
To truly make the right impression in your home you need to inject some of your own personality! You home is a reflection of who you are so why not wrap your space in special things that make you feel great.
Remove the clutter and focus on building "vignettes" of art, decor, and furniture. This means grouping things together to create a warm look and feel. Find art that peaks your interest or finally frame those family photos and put together a gallery wall.