No matter the size of the home you live in, whether it’s a huge mansion or a small loft apartment, if you manage to decorate it the right way, you will be left with a breathtaking space. However, the sad fact is that not many of us can afford to hire an interior designer who will make our space look as beautiful as it can possibly get.

On the other hand, if you have just a bit of creativity and you know how you want your space to look like, you don’t even actually need to hire a designer. The fact is that you know yourself best, which means that you shouldn’t have a difficult time decorating the space you live in.

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Know what you want

To ensure that you start off on the right foot, you first need to know what you want to do with the space. Take a moment to think about the style you wish to implement, create a mental layout of furniture pieces you wish to add and think about how bright a color you want your space to be in the end. This brainstorming session will help you immensely later on.

Write down your ideas

Once you have a bit clearer idea of what you want to achieve, make sure you write it all down. This way not only will you avoid forgetting about an awesome idea you had, but you can also always go back to the list and see if anything needs to be removed or added to it.

Get rid of unwanted furniture

Dining room table

The next step should be getting rid of all the unwanted furniture you currently have in your home. All of the old furniture pieces that can’t be salvaged in any way should be taken to a recycling center. Other things you can choose to donate or even upcycle yourself and make them fit with the new theme you wish to create in your home.

Choose the right color scheme

Choosing the right color scheme is one of the aspects of interior design that can either make or break the entire space. This is a delicate process where, aside from your favorite colors, you need to think about the amount of light you have in the room as well as how some colors can affect our mood. It is always best to go with a modern but neutral base and add your favorite shades with carefully chosen décor pieces and accessories.

Make the space well-lit

Well lit living room.

Furthermore, you need to make sure that your space is well-illuminated. For instance, the ever-so-fashionable Aussies understand just how important well-layered lighting is for the final look of the space. That’s precisely why they choose to shop in only the most fashionable lighting shops in Sydney that offer breathtaking fixtures in all the possible materials, styles and finishes. So, make sure you create a stunning lighting layout and choose the right fixtures that will elevate the pizzazz of your space to a whole new level.

Play around

Once all the hard work is done, it’s time to have some fun with furniture and layout. Start by organizing your furniture how you initially envisioned it. If, on the other hand, you’re not 100% happy with the layout, do know that you can always change it. Two very important rules to follow are: to make sure that your couch or sofa are not pushed all the way to the wall but instead brought closer to the center of the room and to ensure that you choose a stunning area rug to create a base for your layout. This way, you will get a perception of a much bigger space that’s well-balanced and coordinated.

Add some greenery

Finally, greenery pays a huge role in interior design. With just a few carefully chosen and well-placed plants, you can make your interior look like a million bucks in no time. Just make sure you choose resilient plants that are easy to maintain, to avoid having your space filled with unhappy, withering plants.

These were just some of the tricks that will help you create a truly amazing space worthy of an interior design magazine cover. There are, of course, numerous other ways you can make your space look more fashionable and even more personal, but these tips are definitely an excellent starting point.

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About the Author

Derek Lotts

Guest Blogger

Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.