Over the years I’ve learned a few proven tips along the way, here are six I want to share that will help you freshen up your home. Playing up its strengths rather than seeing its flaws is a better way to approach decorating a home you love. Here are six tips that can instantly change your perspective.

1. You Only Get One First Impression, Make It Count.

Consider painting your front door over the weekend. Its a gallon of paint, paint brush and FREE labor.  Its something easy, costing less than thirty dollars to give your home an instant lift. Great paint colors for your door: Benjamin Moore- Hampshire Rocks 1450, Benjamin Moore – Evening Sky 833 and if you want to go bold go red, Fine Paints of Europe – Tulip Red 1001.


2. Create Conversation.

There is nothing that makes a room feel unwelcoming than all the furniture pushed up against the walls. When space planning your living room think the letter “H” and “U” – these are ideal arrangements in a room.

Below is a perfect example of a U-shaped arrangement: A sofa with two chairs facing each other on each end of the coffee table.

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And, here is an H-Shaped arrangement: A sofa directly across from two chairs and a coffee table in the middle. Or, a sofa directly across another sofa with a coffee table in the middle.

3. Mirror, Mirror, Mirror.

If you have a small room add a mirror.  Having a mirror in a space creates an open feel, expanding the room. And, it always helps to add beautiful lighting as the reflection.


4. Let Your Art Pieces Stand Out.

When purchasing art its important that the scale and proportion is correct to your wall size. If you have ten feet walls don’t purchase a piece that’s three feet, it will look dinky.  Hang an over-sized piece for a large wall or gallery of smaller pieces in a large setting.



5. Ground Your Room.

In our projects we always ground a room with an area rug. Simple rules when measuring for your living room is all four legs of the sofa and chairs in a furniture grouping should rest on the rug. Or, the first two legs of the sofa and chairs should rest on the rug. Majority of all living rooms will require at minimum an 8′ x 10′ sized rug. If the rug is too small it will throw the scale and proportion off in the room.




6. Raise The Ceiling.

To make your ceilings appear taller, use a visual trick by hanging your draperies higher than your window casing. If you have enough space between the top of window casing and ceiling, instead of 3″ – 4″ inches, hang them 5″ – 7″ inches. A standard drapery panel will be 84″ – 120″ L, beyond this your draperies will need to be custom.

Example of where the designer took advantage of the space above the window making the ceiling look taller….


Illustration: Arthur Mount

Before you go, be sure to leave a comment below with an example of how you can implement one of these six tips in your home. 




Image Credits (Betty Lou Phillips, Suzanne Kasler, Phoebe Howard, Jan Showers)

Illustration Credit (Arthur Mount)


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