19 small underrated things that make your home nicer

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We always thought the saying it's the little things that count was a silly sentiment that should be kept to greetings cards but, low and behold, it's actually true! Especially when it comes to your home décor and making it as amazing as is humanly possible.

Ask any interior designer and they'll tell you that less is often more but it's how you use the 'less' that makes a big difference. So rather than a loud sofa, for example, choosing a neutral couch and adding funky cushions is a better way to go. 

We've found a host of fantastic tips along this train of thought, so if you feel as though your living room is languishing in limbo or your kitchen could be cuter, dive into these solutions!

1. Add bright cushions to a neutral sofa

For an instant room facelift.

2. Fresh flowers

​The Living Room at Newton Road.:  Living room by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​The Living Room at Newton Road.

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

Are a treat for you and an instant upgrade for your home.

3. Something to nurture

things like a terrarium full of plants will add some interest to even the most boring room.

4. Buy rubbish bins you actually like

 Corridor & hallway by Ambientedirect

Korbo Bin Henkelkorb


This actually helps!

5. Treat yourself to a delicious-smelling candle

Baked Cookies Large Scented Candle (Case 4):  Gastronomy by The Covent Garden Candle Company
The Covent Garden Candle Company

Baked Cookies Large Scented Candle (Case 4)

The Covent Garden Candle Company

Light it as soon as you get home each day.

6. Hang some inexpensive wall prints

Waves A3 screen print:  Artwork by The Lost Fox
The Lost Fox

Waves A3 screen print

The Lost Fox

They'll cheer you up whenever you look at them.

7. Invest in an awesome teapot

 Dining room by un'dercast

Unify teapot & cups


That makes a little more of cuppa time, so it feels like a treat!

8. Treat yourself to a favourite mug

Kami Mugs:  Kitchen by Such & Such
Such & Such

Kami Mugs

Such & Such

That always makes you feel comforted and ready to take on the day.

9. Luxury bubble bath

 Bathroom by Copenhagen Bath
Copenhagen Bath

Hornbæk 168 bathtub

Copenhagen Bath

Will make you feel good and your bathroom look expensive!

10. A heated towel rail

They really do make life easier because who has time to worry about drying towels?

11. Pretty pots to store and display things in

Tunisia Made Vases and jars:  Kitchen by Hend Krichen
Hend Krichen

Tunisia Made Vases and jars

Hend Krichen

They make a big difference, especially in the kitchen.

12. Keep bottled water in the fridge

  by Creazione Interiors
Creazione Interiors

Kitchen Design (Fridge Area)

Creazione Interiors

So you always have something cold and refreshing to drink. Plus, it makes you look fancier and organised when guests come over!

13. Don't forget diffusers for less than fragrant rooms

Choose a really rich scent, such as oud, for an upmarket feel.

14. A record player

Pot plants in design:  Interior landscaping by Custom  Media
Custom  Media

Pot plants in design

Custom Media

Can add a retro touch to your space and your music will never have sounded so good.

15. Treat yourself to a quilt you really love

 Bedroom by homify



That encourages you to make your bed every day.

16. A mattress topper

Fulham Penthouse:  Bedroom by Yohan May Design
Yohan May Design

Fulham Penthouse

Yohan May Design

Will make your bed irresistible. Just don't blame us if you struggle getting up for work!

17. A gorgeous chair or sofa throw

They're practical and stylish.

18. Beautiful wine glasses  Dining room by J & M Collections Ltd
J & M Collections Ltd

J & M Collections Ltd

What sort of house has lovely crockery but no amazing wine glasses?

19. Luxurious towels

Outrageously soft and colourful towels make every bath and shower a treat!

For even more home improving suggestions, take a look at this Ideabook: Quick home upgrades that pack a punch.

Which of these suggestions do you fancy indulging in?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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