1. Let furniture float
The larger piece of furniture (sofa) doesn’t need to be pushed up against the longest wall. Instead, create a space behind the sofa in order to make your space feel larger, inviting, and cozy.
2. Declutter those shelves
Built in shelving can become chaotic if over done. Make it a goal to avoid cluttering your shelves with unimportant pieces. With styling – rearrange books so they create blocks of colour with the spine. Place some horizontally as well as vertically to create visual interest. Use open spaces and add eye-catching accessories such as a patterned vase or a piece of coral.
3. Switch around your artwork
Change is great and we all need it from time to time. If you’ve kept a canvas in the same spot for years, switch it with another piece of art. Changing your view will force you to appreciate each piece a little more.
4. Bring the outdoors in
With the endless amount of options, this is a go-to-tip for many. Place flowers or greenery in the bathroom, next to your beside or on your cocktail table. This will benefit your mood, energy, air quality, creativity and productivity.
5. Area rugs to soften hardwood floors
Throw rugs give warmth and can add great texture, colour and personality to your living space. Hardwood floors are beautiful and easy to maintain but they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer.
6. Turn off your lights
Natural light is hands down my favourite for a list of reasons. Its key to making your room feel larger, boosts productivity, improves mood, adds warmth to a space, and helps you save on energy bills! Throw out the heavy curtains and place a mirror directly across from your window – this will add instant light to the space.
7. Artwork at the right height
The average human eye level is 57 inches, therefore you should be hanging your artwork so that the midline of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. Relate to human scale, not the structures scale!
Throw pillows, blankets, curtains – these are the things that will make your home feel brand new. Use them to make tiny tweaks to your space. Need more colour, texture, shine? Add some pillows. Not only will they provide comfort but lots of style. So easy!
Scent can have a big impact on how we experience our environment. There is nothing better than walking into a home that smells great. Light subtle candles, spray your linens, and if you’re having guests over – bake something delicious.
10. Add a shot of colour
Whether you paint a wall or pick up a bold area rug, bringing in colour is the quickest way to bring about a dramatic change.
Have any other “5-minute tricks” that we didn’t mention? Post them in the comments!