Living room: modern Living room by Brosh Architects

Interior design tricks that'll make your home happier

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Ever wondered how interior designers manage to make a house feel like a home?  If you strive to create that wonderful vibe of easy living, with comfort permeating every room, read on as we're going to spill some of the secrets.

Some of them are so simple you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it yourself. Others will have you nodding sagely and thinking that's clever!. Regardless, the end result will be you feeling refreshed and ready to take on a home improvement revamp. Don't panic that you have to throw all your current belongings out as you'll soon see that it's all a case of keeping the right items in the right place. 

Let's get to it!

1. Mix old and new furniture and accessories

2. Fill the space with items that tell a story

3. Use neutral tones on larger pieces of furniture

Town House, Sussex.: classic Living room by CHALKSPACE
CHALKSPACE

Town House, Sussex.

CHALKSPACE

4. Use lighting well to showcase things you love the most

Richmond - Living Room: eclectic Living room by Roselind Wilson Design
Roselind Wilson Design

Richmond—Living Room

Roselind Wilson Design

5. Embrace white as it oozes refreshing vibes

Battersea Town House: modern Living room by PAD ARCHITECTS
PAD ARCHITECTS

Battersea Town House

PAD ARCHITECTS

6. Include things that speak of your values or heritage

7. Think outside the box when it comes to displaying things you love

modern Living room by WSM ARCHITEKTEN
WSM ARCHITEKTEN

WSM ARCHITEKTEN

WSM ARCHITEKTEN

9. Customise your furniture choices with cushions

10. Don't be afraid to let rooms look a little more 'lived in'

Extension, Loft Conversion & Complete Refurbishment – Kingston: modern Living room by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Extension, Loft Conversion & Complete Refurbishment – Kingston

Cube Lofts

11. Make the most of natural sunlight and its recharging properties

12. Be eclectic! You don't need everything to come from a matching set

Lake View-Cairo: modern Living room by THE Studio
THE Studio

Lake View-Cairo

THE Studio

13. Enjoy creating conversational layouts

Vital extra space from a cool mezzanine : modern Living room by The Market Design & Build
The Market Design & Build

Vital extra space from a cool mezzanine

The Market Design & Build

14. Opt for colours that truly represent you and how you want your home to feel

15. Purge anything that has bad memories or connotations attached to it

Two bedroom period apartmnt: modern Living room by THE FRESH INTERIOR COMPANY
THE FRESH INTERIOR COMPANY

Two bedroom period apartmnt

THE FRESH INTERIOR COMPANY

16. Experiment with textures and natural materials

Miner's Cottage I Living Room: eclectic Living room by design storey
design storey

Miner's Cottage I Living Room

design storey

17. Get an organisational system in place

18. Bring the outdoors in with happy plants or flowers

We know we focused on living rooms here but these tips can be applied to every room in the house! Don't you feel more homely already?

For more home décor tips, take a look at this Ideabook: See How Clever People Decorate Their Narrow Hallways.

Which of these tips are you going to try out?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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