After putting your home design together, you might take a second look and think there’s too much going on. When choosing a colour, you couldn’t resist most of the colours that comprise the spectrum, and your furniture is a hodgepodge of all the pieces you have found at antique stores and thrift shops. While you did a bang up job on budgeting, your living space incorporates at least three styles.

Not to say that your design efforts did not work out well but at best your place defines creativity and fun, even if it is a little busy. In a few years, when you have outgrown playful and whimsical, you may choose to redo your interior design or sell up and have the place transformed pre-sale with house staging by Create Expectations. However, that might not be necessary, as you can take action now to redesign the space to reflect a more mature, and stylish you.

Continue reading for some useful tips to help you redesign your space so it is more elegant, modern, and tasteful.

Pick A Style Era

When going for a particular look, settle on one style instead of a few because sometimes simplifying your design scheme can create the look you want to achieve. Some of the more popular design styles include very simple ones like casual, formal, or traditional, or more complicated ones that focus on particular eras, for example, shabby chic, Tuscan, and modern Victorian, in addition to many others. By focusing on one style, you can focus your design on one theme. In this way, you can achieve the simplicity, and in some cases the elegance, you want.

Be Careful With Colour Schemes

An easy way to create space that reflects taste and style is to not go overboard with colour. If you are going to use wall coverings or paint that has print or patterns, then stick with furniture that is not upholstered with busy patterns. Conversely, solid walls and wall coverings can be perfectly matched with furniture that is patterned. The whole point is to create a space that is not too busy.

Also, a good rule of thumb when painting is to remember that lighter colours open up a space while darker colours can make a room look smaller. For rooms that are shaded or large, lighter colours can make the room not only appear brighter but larger as well. Alternatively, dark colours can shade a brightly-lit room making it look smaller. Choosing dark or light colours depends on the designer’s taste, but be sure to avoid clashing colours.

Accessorise The Space

Think about the space in terms of being a canvas. If you have solid-coloured furnishings consider using throw pillows that are ornately designed, and even shiny fabrics can add pop to a room. Conversely, with patterned fabric consider solid throw pillows.

Another way to incorporate style into to your living space is through wall hangings. Most people hang decorative art to complement their living space, but you can explore other options including tapestries that can be hung and decorative photography. The photography can really convey personal style if the pictures are taken by the homeowner because they provide a real glimpse into the person’s style.

As opposed to using wall-to-wall carpeting, which can add to dust problems in the home, consider wood flooring, which always classes a space. For those living in tropical or warm climates, consider trading out carpeting for floor tiles. Both wood floors and tiled flooring can be accented with area rugs giving the space more style.

Creating Taste For Your Space

DIY homeowners do not have to sacrifice fun and whimsical designs to achieve the style and elegance that is featured in home décor magazines online. In fact, in many cases, with the furnishings they currently have, DIY home decorators can easily update their look to reflect current trends. Trendy and chic are words that never go out of style, and when creating space, even the most garishly designed space can be tamed to reflect the ideas embodied in those words.