7 Ways To Improve Your Home Decor In An Hour

Yep: You can improve your home decor in an hour

tick tock tick tock. Is it just me or are there not enough hours in the day? If the phrase ‘home renovation’ sends you into a fit of time-related stress, stop and breathe. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t improved in an hour.

Got an hour you can put aside? Use it to put that extra oomph into your home decor.

Before you press the ‘x’ on this page and declare me a mad woman, read on for 7 ways to improve your home decor in an hour…

1. Hang Y0ur Artwork Differently

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These decor tips may have entered a whole new level of crazy! Jokes aside, there actually is a specific height to hang your artwork which is proven to be more aesthetically pleasing.

According to decor gurus at houzz.com, the golden height, which is used at museums and art galleries, is 57 to 60 inches above the ground. Why? This is the average level of the human eye. Interesting stuff…

2. Spray Paint An Old Chair

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I hate to break it to you, but that lime green chair isn’t exactly doing much for your living room. Rather than tossing it, why not spray paint it a more neutral color such as white or cream.

Alternatively, turn up the luxe and go for rose or copper.

Compliment your new gold or copper chair with boho printed pillow covers. We love:

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Exotic Oriental pillow cover, floral embroidered pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover

3. Change The Lightbulbs

How many home decor gurus does it take to change a lightbulb? None! It just takes you!

Even the most stunning home decor can be turned sickly by bad lighting. If you find a certain room in your home is to dull, harsh, warm or cool, all it could take is a new light bulb. But how do you know which to choose?

When considering your lighting, think about the purpose of the room, the ideal ambiance and whether you want warm or cool tones.

 

4. Wallpaper An Accent Wall

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Lazy DIY-ers rejoice: the accent wall is totally making a comeback!

Choose a wall in a larger room in your home and add a printed wallpaper for a really unique edge. If you prefer something a bit plainer, paint your wall.

Now that’s an hour well spent!

5. Give Your Bed A Lift

 

Before you bend down and attempt to pick up your bed frame, we are speaking metaphorically here! Your bed is a huge part of your everyday life, so put aside an hour to make it as luxurious as The Ritz itself.

Scents can do wonders and some scents, such as lavender, are proven to improve sleep quality. To scent your sheets, add a quarter of a cup of scented bath salts to the rinse cycle of your wash.

Next, give your bed an instant makeover by adding a printed table runner along the foot of your bed. If you have a printed comforter, opt for a plainer runner. However, if you like to take risks, why not try your hand at print clashing?

We love:

Hand embroidered table runner, chic jacquard table runner, jacquard paisley table runner

6. Add A Color Pop To Your Furniture

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We adore this easy and quick DIY hack from House Beautiful!

Rather than painting the outside of your furniture, paint the inside. This quirky pop of color will add a subtle vibrant edge without being too overpowering.

7. Paint A Sink Or Toilet

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Over time, plastic toilets or sinks can start to yellow. Rather than throwing them out, give them a new lease of life with a layer of paint. That’s home decor in an hour that could save you a fortune too!

You could even consider painting your sink matte black for a unique and on-trend look.

Got a bit more than an hour? Give your furniture a DIY upgrade. Here’s how to makeover an old sofa and how to transform an old table.

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5 Ways To Transform An Old Sofa

Your sofa= your throne. Today we show you 10 ways to transform an old sofa.

You are the monarch of your home and the sofa is your throne. So if your couch isn’t exactly the standards you’d expect to see in Buckingham Palace, something needs to change!

Problem numero uno: new sofas are super expensive! And chances are, you can’t afford to fork out two grand as soon as your couch starts to show a few signs of wear and tear.

Luckily, there are easy ways to transform an old sofa that won’t leave your poor wallet emptier than a drought-plagued desert. Believe me, I’m a first home buyer.. I know all about saving that dollar.

Watch and learn…

1. Throw On A Throw

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Let’s play spot the ugly sofa.

Ok, this one is from personal experience! After my boyfriend and I bought our first home, his parents kindly donated us their old sofas so we could actually #NetflixandChill. As sweet as the gesture was, the battered, 80s floral print was pretty much the antithesis of my decor taste.

What did I do? I ran to the hills! Nope, just kidding: I’m still here! I simply grabbed some pretty knitted throws and turned a monstrosity into something rather cute.

Although they smell a little musky (nothing perfume can’t fix), my throw-covered sofas are super cosy and stylish.

2. Adorn With A Table Runner & Printed Pillow Covers

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Above: My hideous 80s sofas were given a new lease of life with throws, printed pillows and a table runner.

To add further life and style to the said 80s sofas, I added an array of cute printed pillow covers. To highlight the larger sofa, I also added a printed table runner directly down the center.

When choosing your decor pieces, it’s important to keep both your color palette and home decor theme at the front of your mind. For example, as my home decor style is beachy, with a neutral, gray and blue palette, I chose pieces that would fit well with this theme.

The products I used:

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From left: chic jacquard table runner, jacquard paisley pillow covers, floral embroidered pillow cover

3. Reupholster

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This option is great for DIY lovers who are looking for a large rewarding project. As long as your sofa’s shape and foundations are in good form, this could be a wonderful option for you.

Re-upholstering is a fantastic way to transform an old sofa to make it completely gel with your living rooms interior. We recommend opting for a neutral, sturdy fabric to ensure your throne is worthy of your palace for years to come.

First home buyers: why not buy a cheap sofa from a thrift store or garage sale and reupholster? It will save you a fortune. Don’t fret: that hideous, loud Seventies print won’t be part of your decor forever!

Once you have reupholstered your sofa **a round of applause to you**, add interest, prints and color with printed pillow covers.

This selection adds texture and print to any monochrome home:

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From left: Solid geometric pillow cover, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, hand embroidered throw pillow cover

4. Add Buttons

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Love the color, but just want to transform your old sofa? Adding cute buttons or tufting details can really bring an old sofa back to life, especially if the fabric is starting to sag.

Whilst you’re at it, why not change your sofa legs to something more on trend too? After all, it’s the little details that really make a difference on expensive your home looks.

5. Boho It!

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The best thing about boho decorating is that absolutely anything goes. So if your sofa has a retro print or is looking a little shabby, work with it!

The first option is to work with the sofa print you have and compliment it with various printed cushions and throws. Or if you really hate it, cover it with a mixture of throws, fabrics and pillow covers.

Remember: Nothing is too much when it comes to boho!

Time to upgrade your thrown, your Royal Highness!

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10 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Everyone wants their home to scream ‘opulence’; it’s a fact. Even the most laid-back, bohemian, home owner wouldn’t like their house to seem ‘cheap’, even if this is in a nonchalant, effortless manner. If you’re thinking about making your home look more expensive, I’ve got some great news for you: it doesn’t have to break the bank!

As a matter of fact, making your home look more expensive isn’t all about crystal chandeliers and marble flooring; its all about the details. Today we show you 10 easy ways to make your home look more expensive.

1. Change Your Door Knobs & Cabinet Handles

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A brand new kitchen may cause your poor wallet to weep in despair, but giving your kitchen an edge of expense doesn’t have to be so drastic. Simply changing your cabinet and drawer handles can really make your kitchen look more expensive.

Old, crusty or rusty cabinet handles can make your kitchen appear dreary and cheap. On the other hand, sparkling handles will have your guests asking ‘when did you get your kitchen done?’.

Similarly, new door knobs will transform both indoor and outdoor doors.

Word of warning: ensure you change your handles to ones that are the same size as the old ones to avoid unsightly holes.

 

2. Update Your Tables With Table Runners

Scraped, marked and scuffed tables can make your house seem a bit hobo-like. However, if you can’t afford new furniture, a printed table runner could be all you need to make your home look more expensive.

Give wooden tables an up-market, bohemian vibe with the exotic oriental table runner. Or add an air of luxury to a neutral painted table with the hand embroidered table runner.

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3. Makeover Your Entrance

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We often spend so much time updating the contents of our home that we forget about what is outside at all. Updating your front door entrance is a sure-fire way to make your home look more expensive.

Give guests a fantastic first impression by adding a quirky and stylish house number. Then set the scene with potted greenery, chairs and other suitable details. The general rule is to bring out the theme of your home.

4. Layer Up Your Details

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Although unnecessary clutter will make your home look cheap and messy, styled layers of details will make your home look as expensive as The Ritz itself. Think about the homes you see on Pinterest and in home decor magazines, they have those perfectly placed layers: the throw, the stacks of cushions and even the piles of coffee table books.

Take a step back and look at the layers of each room as a whole, then add detail and depth by adhering to a color palette. Throw pillow covers are a brilliant way to add details. Opt for intricate, hand embellished details, as seen on ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover , for a truly luxurious finish.

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5. Change Your Photo Frames/ Layouts

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An aurora of different photo frames propped on various shelves can look messy, and, as result, cheap. Give your family photos a chic edge by investing in matching frames.

Rather than placing your photos on shelves, try arranging them on a wall for an upmarket ‘gallery’ look. Or even create a stylish shelf wall for a modern look.

6. Update Your Window Trims

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Another overlooked element of decor, new, detailed window trims can literally transform your whole home. Opt for matching trims throughout the whole home to make it look like it’s part of the architecture. Marie Antoinette style mansion: here we come!

7. Add Gold or Copper

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Nothing says hundred dollar bills like gold, rose gold or copper accents. Although a gold-pillared hallway may be out of your league, small, stylish metallic accents may be all that it takes to make your home look more expensive.

For your living room, try adding gold or copper photo frames, throw pillow covers, or pendant lights. On the other hand, your kitchen can be transformed with the simple addition of gold tableware, copper hanging plants, or even a copper kettle or toaster.

Your dining room can be turned into an area for royalty with our chic jacquard table runner.

8. Re-stain Your Wood

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Rather than throwing out your wooden furniture, give it a new lease of life with a fresh coat of wood stain. Go for expensive and glossy with a dark, oak stain. Or add an air of expensive vintage by using white paint and wood stain to create a weathered, shabby finish.

This is a great idea for stair banisters and doors too!

9. Sheer Curtains

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Have you ever noticed that the most expensive hotel rooms tend to have sheer curtains? Add these babies to your home for a polished and expensive finish. For bedrooms, layer sheer curtains over black-out curtains for a beautiful finish. Hang sheer curtains alone in living spaces to let that natural light shine in.

10. De-clutter!

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A cluttered home= a cheap home! Make your home look instantly more expensive by removing all clutter from the naked eye! Hide unwanted ornaments, books and general nick-nacks away in built-in storage. Or, if you really have no space, box it up and push it under your bed frame!

Now invite those friends over and watch them gawp!

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10 Hacks To Make A Small Room Look Bigger

We don’t all live in homes the size of Buckingham Palace, but this doesn’t have to mean living in  home that feels small and cramped. As a matter of fact, there are several techniques that you can use to a small room look bigger

Whether it’s a living room that feels too jammed or a bedroom that is comparable to a cupboard, here are our top tips to make a small room look bigger.

Decorate With Lighter Colors

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Lighter and more neutral colors create the illusion of a more open or airy space. If you want to inject some colors, we suggest adding small decorations that will not swamp the area, such as printed pillow covers.

For larger furniture pieces such as sofas and bedding, we suggest opting for white, cream or light beige tones.

Get The Look

Go for large amounts of light neutral tones and add pops of color with smaller embellishments.

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Jacquard paisley pillow covers

Hand embroidered 7 piece duvet cover set

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

Use Mirrors

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An easy way to make a small room look bigger is to use mirrors! Keep it fashionable with hanging wall mirrors or make a statement by leaning a full length mirror against the wall.

Use Artwork For An Optical Illusion

Sometimes spatial perception can be nothing more than an optical illusion. Imagine you are walking through a park, how much larger would the park seem if you could see the horizon in the distance? The same goes for your home! Place a piece or artwork or a canvas on a distant wall, preferably one in the next room that you can see through an open door.

Hanging a mirror in the distance will have the same effect, alongside adding the additional optical illusion of the rooms reflection.

More of a boho lover? Hang a printed table runner on a far away fall for a similar statement effect.

Get The Look

Table runners can be used to enhance the long length of the floor or as a wall hang to use as an optical illusion.

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Exotic oriental table runner

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Hawthorne leaf table runner

Keep It Vertical

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As tempting as it may be to jam pack your floor space with as much furniture as humanly possible, this will make the room seem cramped and cluttered. Take advantage of your vertical wall space and draw the eyes upwards, making the room seem taller.

High chests of drawers or tall furniture will look far better than longer and thicker furniture. Ceiling to floor curtains can also produce an optical illusion of taller ceilings.

Keep Flowing Uniform

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Although using different flooring on each room may create a more defined look, it will make each room appear boxed in. Whether your home is open plan or not, using the same flooring throughout your entire home will ensure that each and every room will look as large as possible.

Use Stripes To Lengthen The Room

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Just as on clothing, vertical stripes can make a room appear longer. A statement striped rug combined with white or light furniture is a great way to do this!

Paint Your Ceilings!

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A colored or dark ceiling draws the eyes upwards and makes the ceiling appear higher! Paired with bright white walls, it makes a stunning, size-enhancing combination.

Opt For Furniture With Legs

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You may think that keeping furniture as low to the floor as possible will make your room appear larger, but this is certainly not the case! As a matter of fact, many home decor experts suggest opting for furniture that is elevated about ten centimeters off the floor. Low arms are a great idea too. Round tables and bar stools are great for making a room appear less cluttered too.

Opt for an on-trend, Scandivanian style sofa that is on wooden legs for an on-trend look that will ensure your living room looks as large as possible.

A Few Large Ornaments Will Work

A small room calls for small ornaments right? Wrong! A few statement, larger ornaments will appear less cluttered and thus make your room look larger. Something like a printed table runner will make a wonderful embellishment and will make a small room look bigger.

Get The Look

Jacquard floral table runner

Golden Orange

Banarsi saree border table runner

How do you make a small room look bigger? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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