If your apartment or house does not look totally fabulous, perhaps you should read the following advice on giving your space a makeover that will change your life.
- Your style. You should make your home a reflection of who you are. In order to find the style that best corresponds to your taste, go through magazines and house catalogs and tear out pictures you like. When you have a pile of pages, look for common themes. For example, you may realize that the pictures you have been saving illustrate rooms that have colored walls or lots of patterns or similar artwork.Another way to gain insight into your style is to think of your most beloved object. It actually represents things you are passionate about. So, if your prized possession is a blanket you bought up last summer from Mexico, you are into eye-pleasing things and comfort. Try to incorporate those elements into your own home.
- Your color scheme. For your house to release a balanced and welcoming atmosphere, each room should contain two base colors and an accent color, and their proportions should be roughly 60 percent for the main base color, 30 percent for the second, and 10 percent for the accent one. According to experts it is best if you do not to have all three colors in equal amounts, as the eye does not like that. Throw pillows, vases, lamp shades and wall hangings can add that 10 percent accent color.
- Your textures. If the main color scheme of your house is neutral, mixing up textures you like is extremely important, since your house can look flat without an interplay between hard and soft, shinny and matte. Thus, rugs and throws should be combined with sleek surfaces, like a lacquer table.
- Your light. Every room needs at least three light sources, arranged in a triangle formation so that the space in the center of the room is illuminated by this triangle light effect. In fact, this small change can make a huge difference to the overall outcome.
- Your size and shape. If a room has too many towering items or too many short, squat ones, it will look awful. Also, if it is dominated by square pieces and sharp edges, they need to be offset by some round or curvy lines. One easy way to solve both of these imbalances without buying any new furniture is to work with your wall hangings. For instance, if you wish your sofa or table that is against the wall to appear taller, consider hanging directly above it a large painting or photograph. Also, if you have too many angular elements in a room, consider hanging a round or oval mirror.