Tip #1: Less is More - Time to Declutter
Take your time with this and work through each room, cupboard or space in your home and sort out things you want to/need to keep. The most important thing to do is remove everything that you don't use, don't need, or don't want.
If organising really isn't your thing, ask a friend or family member to help you. Don't take on too many jobs at once, you will only become overwhelmed. Work through one small space at a time, start with one shelf or drawer, empty it out and make a "Keep" pile and a "Don't Keep" pile. Then move on to tackling larger jobs like a wardrobe or garage once you've got the hang of it.
Not sure how to get rid of the things you're not keeping? most of the time, you can recycle, sell, donate or gift unwanted items for little to no cost.
Tip #2: Decorate with Meaning
When decorating your home, aim to use a few of your favourite things; pieces that hold really great memories and sentimental value.
It's always nice to display special pieces on a shelf or mantel where they will be seen on a regular basis and will remind you of experiences and moments that truly mean something to you. Don't hide meaningful pieces in a cupboard where you never see them, bring them out and enjoy them!
Don't feel like you have to have everything on display though, there is something really nice about having a few items that can be switched out when you need a change. I love to have a few ornaments or pieces of wall art that I swap between rooms when I feel like a change, this helps a space to feel refreshed on a regular basis.
Tip #3: Style Simplicity
Your home should be a place where you feel completely comfortable and relaxed. The colours used to style a space can have a huge effect on how an environment feels. Neutral colours and tones are perfect for making a space feel calm, inviting and cosy. For more permanent fixtures like walls, carpet, tiles and curtains, I always (and I mean always!) opt for a neutral pallet. I tend to avoid trending colours or vibrant feature walls, my preference is a timeless palette that will compliment any interior design style.
For higher ticket items like sofas, furniture (coffee tables, dining tables, shelving units), rugs and armchairs, always select pieces with neutral colours. Greys, whites, warm wood tones, and natural textures are the best option for these items as they also compliment most interior design styles.
If you have a favourite colour scheme that you want to incorporate into your space, the best way to do this, is with more affordable items like textiles, wall decor and accessories. Throws, cushions, artwork, candles, lampshades, vases of flowers and houseplants (faux or real) are the very best things for injecting colour into a space.
Lighting is also fundamental in creating a cosy and welcoming space. Avoid cold, white lights wherever possible (with the exception of string lights) - while task lighting has its place, it is simply too harsh for most living spaces. Instead, opt for softer, warm-tone lights that make a space feel more homely.
Creating a space where you love to be is lots of fun and is very rewarding. We have all seen pictures of gorgeous interiors that make us think "I'd love for my home to look like that!", and with a little bit of work, it can be achieved. Remember that when decorating a space; less is more, keep styling simple, and always decorate with meaning; these simple tips will help you to achieve the look you're after in any space you want to re-decorate.