We probably all have a room or rooms in our homes that look a little tired around the edges. One that needs a bit of polish and a chic shot in the arm! These rooms are not awful but they could be so much better! It needs a little updating and editing! I can help you! Here are 10 TIPS FOR MAKING A ROOM LOOK MORE POLISHED AND CHIC!
PICK UP THE CLUTTER
This is the best thing we can do to make our homes look more polished! Neat equals a pleasant home. Pick up everything that does not belong in that room and put it away! Just try this one thing and you will see how much better your room will look!
GET RID OF THE NICKNACKS AND EDIT
Yes, little collectables are the enemy of chic! I know you may love that figurine from your vacation to Sea World, but it’s not helping your room ascetics. Or maybe you can’t part with those Hummels your great aunt gave you But if you want a chic room then they must go!!! Be ruthless and remember, less is best when it comes to little things! Edit, edit, edit! And when you are done… edit some more! Chic is a clean look!
Think limiting colors in a room for very chic appeal! A limited color palette is a rooms best bet! If you want to add a pop of another color it can be slipped in seamlessly! This tip may take you more time and a little planning to execute. But if you are craving a polished, chic room then you might want to consider editing your color choices.
I love neutrals. They translate into instant chic! Some rooms in my house are a big work in progress, but I’m slowly moving in that direction!
ADD A TAD OF BLACK
A tad of black will add drama to almost any room! I adore using black as an accent. I’m not a drama mamma AT ALL in my life. But, when it comes to decorating… bring it on!!! Learn to use black!
ADD A LITTLE BLING
Don’t over do this tip, but DO IT! Put something that has a shine or a little sparkle to a room that needs a little oomph! Chic and bling go hand in hand. I’m so thrilled to tell you that gold is making a very strong comeback and silver, chrome and anything brushed is still going strong!!! LOVE the mix of metals!
DON’T USE OVERHEAD LIGHTING
This is such a common mistake. Most overhead lighting just kills the mood of a room! It’s too harsh! Opt for great lamps with nice shades! Unless you need to work, think softer lighting! And if you want real polish… light some candles. Candles hide so many room flaws and add amazing ambiance! Oooooh, think lanterns too! The only exception to this rule is a great chandy! And if it has a shade… even better!
If you do have an overhead light, put it on a dimmer!
ADD PILLOWS AND THROWS
Add a few gorgeous pillows that will pull your room together and give it life and fun. Chic has a fun side… don’t forget some fun pillows! And add a luxurious throw to a sofa or chair.
ADD FLOWERS OR PLANTS
When using cut flowers or plants be careful what you put them in! Nothing cutsie! Think pitchers and cylinders and any container that has a more upscale feel.
Choose flowers in one color for a big polished look! And how about succulents? They are trending right now. Pack them snuggly into a lacquer box or a round bowl. Keep it simple!
HANG BIG ART OR A BIG MIRRORS
Take down any small, stand-alone pictures. It’s much better to use a big piece of art or a mirror… or a chunky grouping! This adds so much visual weight to a room. It’s better to have a wall with no art on it than a wall with undersized anything on it!
And I hate to say this… if you are going for polish and chic… don’t overdo the ornate frames! I do have a few hung in my home but I don’t have more than that! Go for black or white or chippy edged frames. This is a tough tip for me! I love those gorgeous ornate gold frames.
KEEP WINDOW TREATMENTS NEW AND FRESH
Window treatments can really date a room and make it look dowdy! All those gorgeous fabrics and trim and tassels are out of date! And we spent so so much money on them! UGH! But everything has a lifecycle! Consider taking them down. And here’s the thing… today’s curtains can be found at really reasonable prices. Go for light, easy-breezy curtains! No valances or ruffles please! No mini blinds or blackout shades. Just great straight curtains! White and neutral colors are always polished looking and a big geometric style curtain is so right now!!! Or if you still like some formality go for a more updated classic design… but no frou-frou!
And why not layer a pretty rolled shade under your curtains! How about choosing ones in a great wood like bamboo! Again, they don’t have to be expensive and can be cut to fit most windows.
Now, let’s get busy making our rooms look polished and chic and something we absolutely love!
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