Design & Decor

5 Smart Interior Design Ideas to Upgrade Your Home

Story Highlights

  • 1. Mix up patterns and textures
  • 2. Use mirrors to add light to the room
  • 3. Paint smaller rooms softer and lighter colors
  • 4. Hanging pot holders
  • 5. Use wicker baskets

There is a reason why interior designers are praised so often: they really know what they are doing when they can recreate a room from drab to fab.

Not something most of us can say, nevermind do!

Luckily, interior designers are a caring kind and they often share their secrets with the rest of us.


Whether you have just moved in for the first time or whether you just want to add a little something special to your home, you can’t go wrong with these clever interior design tricks.

The best part? They are easy and affordable!

Check out the short list below and judge for yourself:

1. Mix up patterns and textures

Mixing things up are a great way of adding uniqueness to your home and avoiding a monotonous style. The days where everything matched are long gone and, quite frankly, it was a bit of a boring scene.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Nowadays, interior designers encourage homeowners to place an old heirloom next a modern couch to portray a mixture of old and new. If you have a leather couch, throw a few soft pillows into the mix.

Decorating a room is about finding and creating a unique style, so play around and experiment with a few things before you decide on the final look.

2. Use mirrors to add light to the room

Mirrors are a great way to add some light to a naturally dim room and this will also assist in creating the illusion that the room is bigger than it really is.

Mirrors work best when placed directly across from a window because the light is reflected towards the rest of the room.

Mirrors can also be used as a great way to decorate the room. Many people use them to fill up an empty wall space instead of a piece of art.

3. Paint smaller rooms softer and lighter colors

Small rooms can be a bit tricky to renovate because their size is rather limited. However, you can easily create the image of a larger room by painting it softer and lighter colors.

A small room usually has the tendency of seeming somewhat cramped and if you are lucky enough to have a big window, it can at least give a sense of space to it. But if the window is too small, your best bet would be a fresh coat of paint.

Avoid darker tones because this will have the opposite effect and make the room look smaller than it actually is.

4. Hanging pot holders

This is a super effective way of redecorating your kitchen without spending a lot of money: a hanging pot holder offers ease of access and if you hang your pots in a certain sequence, it can actually lend to the décor of the room.

Kitchens are meant to feel like they are in constant use and a pot rack can definitely help in creating this look.

In addition to this, extra storage space will be freed up as soon as you start hanging your pots and you can declutter your kitchen a bit in the process.

And let’s be honest: no one has ever complained of having too much storage in a kitchen!

5. Use wicker baskets

Wicker baskets are often forgotten about because they aren’t really seen as part of the furniture but rather as an accent piece.

But this is exactly where the mistake is made! They are underappreciated!

Besides using them to present food items, wicker baskets are also an elegant storage option for any room and most interior designers use them for bathroom décor; they are affordable and their functions surpass their design.

Homeowners have used them in several other rooms in the house as well such as the kitchen as a vegetable rack, children’s rooms as toy boxes, and even in the home office to store paperwork or stationary.

Try it out once and you’ll be surprised to see how quickly you appreciate its presence as part of the furniture!

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Xavier De Buck

Real Estate Agent Keller Williams Realty | Social Media Junkie | Content Curator | Early Adopter | Proud Husband & Father

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