8 Easy Updates That Add Polish to Your Space
If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly working on creating a personal, thoughtful interior design that looks like it could have come straight from a magazine editorial. Yet creating a space that looks polished, chic, and stylish can get tricky when you have storage, function, and budget to keep in mind. Luckily, there are some easy updates you can make to your rooms to give them that certain something that will set your spaces apart. Read on for eight tips for adding polish to your home.
Bookshelves and built-ins offer wonderful styling opportunities and ways to display your favourite reads and accessories, but overloaded shelves can quickly look cluttered and messy if you don’t take the time to carefully edit their contents. Mix in decorative and meaningful accessories with restraint, and take a step back every now and then when styling to look at your shelves as a whole and make sure you’re not getting carried away. Find other spots for accessories and books that don’t make the cut, like consoles, coffee tables, and dressers.
Add small accent pieces to your existing furniture plan to add interest and layers to your space. Tuck a pair of small stools under an entry console or center table, place a garden stool to the side of a dining room buffet, or add a bench to the foot of a bed to give your space a well-rounded and collected look that is thoughtful and chic.
One of the easiest ways to create a streamlined, polished space is to restrain your overall colour palette to a few dominant hues. The resulting design will look cohesive and well thought-out without falling flat and feeling boring. Though we love the look mixed patterns and colours give a space, if chic polish is what you’re going for, it’s much easier to achieve with a set colour scheme.
Be thoughtful with your use of pattern, and exercise restraint when adding multiple prints or designs in the same room. If you’ve opted for a bold rug, keep the other textiles more subdued and patterns restrained to prevent the room from becoming too busy. If you’re thinking your space has a little too much going on, relocate a pair of patterned pillows to another room and add in some solid versions in luxurious fabrics for a more polished and sophisticated look.
Display mirrors vertically, hang curtains as close to the ceiling as possible, and add an intriguing light fixture to draw the eyes up and give your space a lofty and expansive feeling. A space that appears tall and spacious feels more luxurious, and emphasising the vertical lines of your home will result in a more sophisticated-feeling design.
Corral remotes, books, bar materials, cooking accessories, and vanity essentials in trays of all sizes and styles to keep things looking tidy and stylish. Not only do they help keep your items organised, but their textures and shape add interest to surfaces and offer opportunities to play with unique materials.
Whenever possible, opt for closed storage solutions to hide unsightly but necessary items. While shelves are great for styling, if used for storage, they can quickly become crowded and messy-looking. Relocate bulky or less attractive necessities to closets and cabinets, and save the open shelves for styled displays.
Plants add colour and life to a space and make a big visual impact when placed in unexpected locations like bookshelves, desks, and kitchen counters. Opt to store your plants in a decorative pot or planter to add another layer of visual interest to your space.