Do you have a room in your home that is looking a bit tired? No problem! Here are 10 easy-to-do tips for making a room look prettier!
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 decorating shot in the arm! These rooms are not awful but they could be so much prettier! Do you have a room that needs a little updating and editing! I can help you! Let’s talk about 10 tips for making a room look prettier.
Most of us have “that room”. The one that needs a little help!
The ideas for making a room look prettier in this post are not hard or time-consuming. Some are super easy and you can do them in minutes and some might take a little longer but they are all e-a-s-y.
These ideas are tried and true and will make a big difference in how the rooms in your home will look!
Ready to have a pretty room?
Pick Up Clutter
This is the best thing we can do to make our homes look nicer! Neat equals a pleasant and pretty room.
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!
This tip really goes without saying but often we get clutter blind. We tend to overlook and look over the clutter in a room the longer it is there. It sort of becomes part of the decor.
Our sunroom gets the most cluttered out of all the rooms in our home. So I keep it picked up and encourage everyone else in our home (Bobby) to do the same.
Here’s how to Declutter Your Home In 15 Minutes A Day.
Put Nicknacks And Collectibles Away
What is it about collectibles? You buy one and poof, all of a sudden you have 20 or 50 or 100! They seem to multiply.
They may be fun to collect but they make a room look cluttered.
Pick one or at the most two or three collectibles and display them if you must. I know this is a bit of tough love for some of you but I’m telling you the truth!
Create An Easy Vignette
Create a vignette! An attractive vignette will go a long way toward creating a pretty room.
I recently challenged myself to see how many different vignettes I could create using only 10 items. It was really easy!
The secret was to keep the vignettes simple. Simple is pretty when it comes to vignettes!
Our eyes will focus on a vignette. Just creating this one pretty thing will help a room look better!
You can see the 14 Vignettes I Styled HERE.
Know And Use Your Color Palette
One of the best ways to make a room look cohesive and attractive is to use one color palette in a room. Too many colors are confusing to our eyes and our mind thinks that is unattractive.
Choose three to five colors and stick with them!
Look around a room you want to make prettier and take out anything that does not work with your color palette!
I love neutrals. And sticking to a neutral color palette creates serene beauty in the rooms in our home.
You might like to read WHY COLOR IS AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN DECOR.
Add A Little Black To A Room
A tad of black will add drama and depth to almost any room!
Some think this is sage designer advice and some think it is an old wives tale. But, I adore using black as an accent.
I believe that black or dark brown or charcoal or colors that are very very dark can help a room! Especially if the room is neutral.
The trick is the balance. Not too much and not all in one spot!
I’m not a drama mamma AT ALL in my life. But, when it comes to decorating… bring it on!!!
Learn to use a little bit of black to pretty up a room in our home!
Add Something Metallic
Don’t overdo this tip, but DO IT!
Put something that has a shine or a little sparkle into a room that needs a little oomph!
There is a little bit of magpie in all of us. We love shiny things!
And don’t be afraid to mix metals in a room. LONG gone are the matchy-matchy days of just one metal per room. Thank goodness!
Metals not only add something shiny to a room they add a smooth texture too.
Use the 70-20-10 rule. Seventy percent of one metal, 20 percent of another, and 10 percent of another. If you are only using two metals then use the 80-20 rule.
You might like to read 7 Tips For Mixing Metals In A Room.
Don’t Use Overhead Lighting
This is such a common mistake.
Most overhead lighting just kills the mood in a room! It’s too harsh! Opt for great lamps with nice shades!
The lights in a room should overlap one another. Not blind us from above like we are being interrogated! And overhead lighting is the most unflattering light of all!
The only exception to the no overhead light 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!
Think about lighting if you want an easy way to add beauty to a room.
Unless you need to work, use softer lighting! And if you want an extra pretty room light some candles.
Candles hide so many room flaws and add amazing ambiance! Oooooh, think lanterns too!
Pillows And Decorative Throws Are Like Jewelry To A Room
Add a few gorgeous pillows that will pull your room together. I say, pillows are the jewelry of a room, and that is so true. Nothing can quite change the look of a room like pillows!
Shop your house for pillows to add to a room that is in need of a bit of prettying up!
Another thing to know is how to add pillows to a sofa or bed in an attractive way. A pretty room needs pretty pillow arrangements!
Flowers And Plants Are A Must
This is probably the easiest way to create a pretty room! Add flowers or plants in great containers!
Faux or real, flowers and plants will always add a big dose of fabulous attention to a room! Our eyes love organics!
I love to cut flowers from my garden and at those times of the year when my gardens are not producing I grab flowers from the grocery store or faux from the basement!
And how about succulents? They are trending right now. Pack them snuggly into a lacquer box or a round bowl. Keep it simple!
ADD A FEW DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
Using accessories adds your personality to a room. Add just a few and don’t overdecorate!
Count the number of flat surfaces in a room and add one vignette to the main flat surface and then add two to five things to all the other surfaces, not counting a lamp.
You might like to read The Overdecorating Dilemma.
Now, it’s your turn! Use these tips when a room in your home could use a little sprucing up! You will have a pretty room in no time!