Timeless Decor: 10 Decorating Tips for a Classic, Elegant Space

For long, the interior of the house has been used as a measure of status, and the trend is not fading away any soon.  But regardless of the kind or level of renovation you want for your rooms, some basic interior design tips always work.

Experts use these tricks all the time to perfect the aesthetics of our interior environ, and we too can try them without much ado or the need to break the bank.  Decorating a room is not a difficult task, but only if you operate within some rules of thumb.

Sometimes a small addition or omission turns everything around. Perhaps smoothening or repainting all or some of your walls, or just adding a fireplace to your living space is all you need to get a better look.

Discover some smart design tips and what they can do to your interior

1. Whatever you have can work!

Revisit your stores for anything that can fit into whatever you have in mind. Most people are under the impression that we have to spend to decorate– which is not true. Anything you will find there, be it; old furniture, trays, wood carvings, acrylic or racks can be used to get away from the normal. Hang your old art pieces on walls or use cups and plates to form wall art.

2. Use softer colors on rooms to make them look spacious.

Interior designers can make a small living room look large in many ways. One trick is to use light colors on walls. And if you have large windows, add mirrors in strategic positions to help; (1) reflect natural light from windows to brighten the room. (2)  Create a visual illusion of a large room.

Dark colors make a small room look even more packed. So, pick lighter colors and complement with mirrors. The colors you choose matter; enough light and mirrors alone can't maximize a tiny room.  

3. Add plants

You can never go wrong by going green. Add a few or many flowers or plants to your rooms according to your preference. This is an economical way to accessorizing your rooms and add more design, color, and texture.

On top beauty, plants clean the air in your interior and balance the level of humidity. Plus, they absorb pollutants and clear the air of many harmful gases. Think plants when looking to add to the aesthetics of your rooms. Nature has provided a wide range to choose from.  

4. Mix the old with the new, the cheap with the luxurious, blend patterns and textures.

Don't be afraid to use your inherited artifacts besides your modern set of furniture. The best remodelers insist on decorating a house to reflect the owner. When mixing fabrics blend between furniture, pillows, and rugs of different materials and colors to make your living room livelier. When mixing furniture, you can also check out this history of remodelers and their work to see if you can go old school. Use pricey decors along with cheaply bought locally made types as long as they fit the space.

5. Add some comfort underfoot with a rug

Rugs add warmth and comfort to your floor.  Hardwood or tiled floors can be attractive and friendly to clean, but they are obviously not as comfortable as those with rugs. Blend different fabrics and patterns to suit your taste. Carpets can also be changed with seasons using lighter types during warm weather and heavy types during cold months.  

For maintenance purposes, consider the washable cotton rugs more so if you have kids who will be spilling things around. Let not your kids hinder you from making your dream home come true.

6. Modernize your kitchen with a Pot Hanger

Your cooking space should attract the designated cook and your guests. Plus, it should be user-friendly–and pot holders are one way to make these essential cooking devices accessible. Adding your favorite type of holder also frees your cupboard giving you more room to store other stuff and reduce clattering.

7. Use slipcovers to change your room's look with the seasons

Carefully selected slipcovers can reduce monotony in your living space. Go for well-fitting bright designs that blend with your wall colors. Apart from making the room livelier, slipcovers help protect your furniture from spills.

8. Arrange Wicker basket to add storage space

If you need additional storage in your living space without spending in the skies, then wicker baskets are one way to go. They are a one-for-all carrier for anything from books to toys, towels, stationery and many more. Strategically place medium-sized wickers on your kitchen counters and see how they look with utensils or fruits arranged on them.

9. Add wallpaper or paint your bookshelves.

Wallpapers are also easy to apply, yet they can turn around how your room looks. Adding a new coat of paint to the least expected place like your built-in bookshelf can bring a unique touch. It is also economical because you are not painting all the walls. For a change, try to paint your ceiling hall paths, fireplace or interior of closets.

10. Create more space

Most well-decorated homes are not those packed with everything from the door, but the well-arranged types with enough spacing to move around and support daily routine.  Trying to display nearly everything you have may mess up the whole thing. Arrange whatever you don't need in storages leaving out only what you need.

Final Remarks

These tips highlight the basic principles of interior design. Be careful when executing the steps above keeping the law of moderation in mind. Don't “overblend” or mix colors and textures. Go for pocket-friendly options so that you don't use up everything you have on improving your interior. Know the changes you need to make and draft a budget before you start doing anything, so that don't suffer financial issues in between. Consider making small changes that create a huge fashion impact on your living space, so that you don’t waste time and finances on a remodeling step that won’t be noticed or which will require you to seek alternative accommodation.