If you dream of having a home that looks like an “after” shot on an HGTV show, you might think you have to hire a pricey interior designer.
Fortunately, there’s no need to shell out the big bucks for a professional. If you have a good idea of what you like and don’t like, you can definitely save money by channeling your inner interior designer.
The following hacks can help you transform your home into the sanctuary of your dreams:
1. Measure, and then Measure Again
If you ever wondered how interior designers on TV get all the furniture to fit perfectly the first time, it’s probably because they measure the heck out of every space they’re remodeling and then triple check that the new pieces will fit in the space. You can do this, too.
For instance, if you’re remodeling your living room, take a tape measure to determine its size, and when you find a piece of furniture you like, get the measurements and use masking tape to map out where the piece will go. Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with the Nash Fog Sofa from Jerome’s Furniture and its stylish leather upholstery.
In this case, jot down the measurements and then mark out where you want to place it. Hopefully you will be delighted to see that it will fit along the wall near the fireplace; if not, try another wall to see if it will work.
2. Know How to Fool the Eye
If you wish your home had higher ceilings, you can trick your eye into thinking there is more height and overall space in each room. To add height and volume to a room, utilize the vertical spaces. For instance, if you want to replace lighting, long pendant lights will draw your eyes up and create the illusion of a larger space.
The same can be done with draperies. Instead of hanging the curtain rods at the top of the windows, place them higher on a particular wall and choose drapes that will hang down to the floor. The room will seem, well, roomier.
3. Don’t be Afraid of Large Rugs
Have you ever priced area rugs? if so, then you might have experienced a bit of sticker shock. As a result, many people are inclined to buy a small rug to try to save some money. However, even if it means spending a bit more on this accessory, measure the seating area in a particular room and then go with one size larger than you think you need.
While it can be an investment, you will no doubt fall in love with this size and aesthetic of rug. The larger rug will not only fit the furniture better but will also help to make the room look bigger. Choose a rug that matches the largest piece of furniture in the room or that complements most of the pieces you own.
You’re Now Well on Your Way to a Beautiful Home
As you can see, you don’t need to hire a professional to transform your house into a beautiful home. By taking the time to ensure proper fit, learning how to use optical illusions to your advantage, and adding colorful rugs in whichever rooms you wish, you will be well on your way to having a showcase casa you will love to spend more time in.