Here are a few of my favorite home design hacks that can be used when staging your house to sell or making your new house feel like home:
Enlarge a room with rugs: While small rugs can make a room feel disjointed, a large area rug can make a room feel instantly larger and more spacious. Not only do they make beautiful tactile features, but they’re great at zoning open-plan living rooms too. Remember, all of the furniture in a functional area should be able to fit on the rug, or at least the front legs of any larger pieces if this isn’t possible.
Makeover worn metal with spray paint: If you have a metal-framed side table or desk that’s a little worse for wear, give it a new lease of life with spray paint. Select a bold statement shade to bring the piece up to date. (Remember to choose a well-ventilated space to get to work.)
Lower pendant lighting: If you want to add space and volume to a room, utilize its vertical space. Long pendant lights that hang down lower than normal can make a room feel elongated and airy. If hung extra-low, make sure they’re positioned over a side table or sideboard and away from thoroughfares to prevent any accidents.
Raise the curtain rail: It’s common practice to hang your curtains just above the window frame. However, simply raising your curtain rods by a foot or two will make the room feel taller and more spacious. Measure the curtains to hang at floor length and add coordinating blinds for the ultimate high-end window dressing.
Give the fireplace a facelift: Fireplaces can make great focal points. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, there are a few simple steps you can take to give it a modern facelift without losing its charm. A fresh coat of white paint can work wonders, while graphic tiles can elevate a lackluster hearth.
Maximize light with mirrors: If your home interior has a tendency to feel dark and dingy, try adding mirrors near lamps and light fixtures. They’ll reflect the light and make your room look bigger and brighter.
Lastly (and my most favorite) add more PILLOWS: Adding a few new throw pillows to a sofa or bed can totally transform a room!