Changing a room around doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive or time-consuming. If you’ve just moved house and are short of time, or simply frustrated with the current state of your one of your rooms and want a quick and easy change, there are a number of simple interior design tips that you can implement that have profound changes on the space they’re applied to.
Use mirrors to add extra light and make small rooms feel bigger
“Mirrors are a godsend!” Connie Bandfield says. “They have an extraordinary ability to make a space feel instantly larger by flooding it with light.” For the most effective results, hang mirrors on the walls directly opposite windows so that they catch direct sunlight. Decorative mirrors can be hung in the place of art, and if you’re clever and creative, you can use mirrors of different sizes to alter the dimension and feel of the space you’re decorating.
Mix up patterns and textures to give a room characters
Nothing is more boring than a monochrome room with little to no difference in fabrics and textures, according to Connie Bandfield. A room’s furniture shouldn’t all be from IKEA and not every piece should be the same color as the wall. Mix it up. Get a modern couch but place it next to a salvaged coffee table; hang up old family portraits next to blown-up digital landscapes; have striped cushions and rugged carpets. In short, don’t be afraid to mix and match! Contrast is one of the easiest ways to transform spaces and one of the most underutilized strategies when it comes to interior design.
Get your hands on some custom prints
Art can be expensive, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best ways of adding character to walls. As a much cheaper alternative but with just as much effect, opt for custom prints instead. They’re a tenth of the price, easily customizable to your tastes or room theme, and are simple to frame and hang up! If you’re a photographer, Connie Bandfield adds, why not print out some of your best photos? They’re bound to change the feel of the room and make for interesting talking points.