09 Sep 2021
Spruce up Your Living Space With These Home Decor Ideas
Here are some home decor ideas to transform your home into a welcoming retreat.
As a place where you often escape to after the stress of work or hectic woes of life, your home needs to evoke feelings of happiness and joy. If you find yourself looking around your room and are no longer inspired by its interior, fret not, as there are simple things you can do to fall back in love with your home all over again.
Nothing beats redecorating a room and feeling like you've walked into a brand-new house. Whether you’re on a budget or in the mood to splurge, we've rounded up some big and small decorating ideas to freshen up your living spaces.
1. Create a focal point in your living room with a statement sofa
Not only does a statement sofa become the focal point for a living room, but it also provides an opportunity to inject character.
When it comes to decorating, most people tend to follow the same, tried-and-true, low-risk method: Buy a nice but ultimately unremarkable sofa and bring personality into the room via colourful or patterned throw pillows, a killer gallery wall, or dramatic lighting.
But today, we’re wondering if it might be worth it to consider throwing away that number one rule of decorating and making the sofa the focal point of your whole room. After all, there are so many plush, velvety, gorgeously-hued couches on the market right now, including this Doris Sofa from V.Hive.
If you choose to go big with a statement sofa, complement it with a light patterned rug. Better still, don’t have too many decor elements around it and you would have struck a balance.
2. Bring depth and character with an area rug
Area rugs are great for defining various living spaces so your home feels organised and comfortable.
To complement your statement sofa, choose a rug that has neutral tones or a single color. Instead of taking weeks to repaint or renovate your living space, an area rug can give your desired home update without breaking the bank.
Area rugs are a great way to inject personality into a room! While that alone is a good enough reason to decorate with a rug, there are many other reasons that are just as compelling. You might even say it completes a room by tying all the different pieces of furniture together visually. A rug can anchor a room, define it, add warmth, and help layer a room's decor.
However, don't assume that a rug has to be a rectangle. Let the way you group your furniture dictate the shape of your rug. For example, this Luxor 01 Carpet from Iuiga, with its combination of straight and curved lines, might just complement your furniture arrangement better than a regular full-on rectangular one.
3. Enhance style and functionality with modular furniture
Modular furniture offers space-saving, aesthetic, and customisable solutions to create spaces where one can move around freely, and feel comfortable in.
If you’re looking to get more out of a small space, and want to find inventive ways to delineate the study or work area from the living room without putting up a wall, consider modular and multifunctional furniture designs from Scanteak.
Open shelving, for example, is a simple and easy way to give your room a chic and eclectic feel while surrounding yourself with the things that tell your story. This LADDER Display Shelf is one way to put your collections on display or can be used to store almost anything.
If your workspace is in a bedroom and space is limited, it makes sense to choose a desk that doubles up style-wise as a plausible dressing table. Enter the stylishly functional SKRIVA Writing Table with L-shape legs and two drawers. Complement it with the KONTUR Chair, which features round, contoured edges that are coupled with a uniquely curved backrest to provide comfortable seating for you and your family.
Want to add an extra textural note in your living room, entryway, or even dining room? Then this ZATA Casual Side Table in the shape of a 'Z' is a practical and aesthetic addition to any home.
4. Brighten your mood with a pop of colour
Pick one or two brightly coloured furniture to take centre stage before adding in other smaller pieces of bold coloured decor.
For an instant pick-me-up, brightly coloured furnishings and accessories are perfect for chasing the blues away after a long day at the office. A dose of unexpected colour can also take a traditional room and give it an exciting new life. You can do this by placing a bold coloured chair in front of a crisp, white wall.
For example, this bright, citrus-coloured Vanity full leather chair from Molecule can add a fun and playful touch to a room with neutral-coloured walls. It's also a great way to grab people's attention and create an unforgettable space.
There is something fun yet intriguing about having a chair that is bright in colour and completely stands out in a neutral space. In order to make this concept work, you want to have mostly neutral tones that do not compete.
5. Create texture with faux plants
These faux flowers and plants are low maintenance and allow your home to have a luscious flair all year round.
Faux plants bring a touch of softness, texture, colour, and life to any space in your home without the hard work that real plants require. Whether you want to liven up a dark corner in a room, or cover up pesky cords and plugs, faux plants will help your home feel fresh all year long.
Simple greenery like this Chrysalidocarpu Slutescens Artificial Plant from Iuiga is delicate enough that it won’t draw too much attention but will still add a touch of colour to your space.
Remember to dust your plants and flowers regularly to keep them looking fresh and “real.” If you want to deep-clean them, you can wash them in your sink with warm, soapy water. Move them around the sink to help loosen the dust. Then rinse the soapy water off your plants. Shake and remove any excess water with a soft towel. Let them stand upright to airdry to ensure they don’t get any wrinkles or kinks.
6. Wow with modern decorative objects
No matter the size or shape, stylish sculptures never fail to make an impact.
These sculptures and wall ornaments from Molecule come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They serve as an amazingly simple way to overhaul a room and really add that ‘wow’ factor.
Decorative objects like sculptures are a great way to incorporate flashes of bright colour to lighter, more subdued spaces. Furthermore, you can move your sculpture around with minimal fuss. You don’t need to opt for something massive either.
One simple trick for making almost any decorative object feel at home? Give it a companion. Whether hung side by side, stacked vertically or displayed flanking a doorway, a pair of abstract objects will feel intentional and balanced. Also, smaller pieces can be easily incorporated into rooms such as bedrooms or bathrooms, particularly those which have exposed storage or shelving.
Once you start freshening rooms, you may not stop. That can be a good thing. Refreshing your home with new and inspiring updates is fun, and a satisfying form of self-expression and creativity!