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Tips from Pros: Small Decor Changes for a Big Impact

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Published October 23rd 2017

When Candice Olson rejuvenates an old space, it seems so effortless. So how come when you are standing in the corner of the room trying to figure out a way to improve the looks you cannot think of anything that would come close to what you saw on TV?

Here's the catch: you are enchanted by the visual, consequently weakening your hearing sense, thus completely disregarding the advice you are provided in the show. Why did they opt for that specific floral pattern? What is the idea behind certain colour blocking choices? And why are the furniture pieces organized in that particular way?

No, these were not random choices which resulted from a sudden surge of inspiration. We know you've probably seen some of those shows one too many times, but you've probably missed the fact that these professionals always focus on several key elements – and they are the following:

Luminescent lamps

Has it ever happened to you that you enter a room and have a sort of a funny feeling about it? Like there is a cloud of negativity, but you just can't point your finger to it?

In the words of Martyn Lawrence Bullard, lightning is everything; it creates atmosphere, drama, and intrigue in a room. And you know what he proposes – to always use a dimmer switch, even in a powder room.

While this small electrical project can do wonders to your place, you are encouraged to take it a step further – swap out some of the lights. Whether it's a small table lamp in the corner, or an overhead pendant, exchanging the dusty neutral shade for the one with an interesting pattern will enrich the overall look of the place.

Translucent curtains

Those who struggle with small rooms that lack natural light and create a somewhat gloomy atmosphere understand just how important it is to keep the windows bare. While this does visually enlarge the space and helps you rid of the claustrophobic feeling that overwhelms you every time you enter the room, it still makes you wonder – is there a way to elevate the design?

Possibly the only solution (cost-effective one, that is, you could always tear down the wall) would be to hang translucent drapes which gauzy texture lets in just the right amount of sunlight. Home decoration Sydney experts highlight the versatility of translucent drapes, as they perfectly blend with any style, colour or pattern. Plus – they are much more affordable than the heavy ones.

Multiplying mirrors

Mirrors are a must when you are space limited; while they have the power to reflect light, they kind of visually open up the space while tearing down the wall. Well, not literally tearing them down, but by hanging a large mirror you hide a large chunk of the wall and create additional room in a whole different dimension.

Though you might have heard this times and times before, we wish to spark your imagination just a little bit more – dare to hang more than one mirror. It's a great solution for one of those spaces you haven't really managed to find the right artwork for, or even in combination with other paintings and photographs you already have on a gallery wall, just to add an extra layer of interest.

Accentual wall

Appropriate for every room in your house – literally. According to the founder of Déjà vu Déco, Todd W. G. Corder, a pop of colour instantly draws the eye and livens up a room with no more than the cost of a can of paint.

However, it is important to know how to pick the right wall to be used as an accent. It should highlight the focal point in the room – for instance, if you have a massive couch that is neutral in colour, you can contrast it with a warm background. On the other hand, if there is an interesting mantle or built-in shelving in one of the corners, highpoint them, not just with an unusual shade, but interesting wallpaper design as well. Even wood panelling or dark patterned tile can be an option, but be careful not to go overboard with it – gloomy hues can make even the biggest room feel a bit suffocating.

Advocate for your accessories

Anna Cummings from ANA Interiors suggests that coffee tables, bookshelves, and sideboards you already own can elevate room design better than some knickknacks you've noticed in that new IKEA's catalogue. She states that it is not that much about the items, but the way they are positioned – the best way to display them is in groupings, each consisting of a variety of pieces, in different colours, sizes, and direction. Most importantly, stick to odd numbers for a more relaxed and effortless look.

Now is your turn – what do you say you start a weekend project of your own, take a few before and after pics and see for yourself just how big of a difference small things can make.
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