You’ve no doubt “Ooh”ed over the styles of celebrity homes in MTV Cribs or Million Dollar Listings, and you might have “Aah”ed while browsing Pinterest or Designmilk for interior design ideas and gorgeous homes. Well, it’s time to live the dream for those polished interiors are no longer unattainable with these five simple tips. Best of all, they don’t cost a lot, but boy, do they look expensive!
Keep It Clean
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It’s the rare home that successfully passes off overwhelming mess for organised chaos so keep your insides neat and tidy by having a dedicated space for each and every item in your home and making sure it doesn’t stray. Alternatively, consider the use of trunks or other hidden shelving compartments to hide your knick knacks.
Embrace Pillow Power
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Famed interior decorator Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates shares this nugget of advice:
“Custom throw pillows are a touch of couture”.
Keep your home in neutral tones while adding wild splashes of colour with throw pillows. Changing your couch will set you back RM800 at least making it an unrealistic avenue. However, throw pillows, especially from flea markets like Mont Kiara or The Curve will only cost between RM50 – RM100. Don’t be afraid to explore various textures (sequin and silk jazzes up the perfect cotton couch) and if you change your mind, fret not, for the bank remains unbroken for future style experiments!
Reflect On This
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Packing a three-in-one power punch, this little trick will not only help brighten your space, enlarge it visually but add a touch of class as well. Can you believe the difference a simple mirror can make? The reflective surface also doubles as an optical illusion for a window, a nifty trick for spaces lacking one.
Make A Statement
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Traditionally interpreted as a differently coloured facade in the 80s and 90s, the statement wall in our current times of open-concept studios have been refreshed and co-opted for the modern era. Consider instead, a featured wall filled with framed photos of memories, easily achieved through mixing Ikea multipack photoframes or shelves filled with your shoe collection. Otherwise, section off space in an open studio, such as the kitchen, with different coloured walls or tiles.
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Be it a fern, a plant, herbs, or trendy succulents, the classic home is one with a touch of natural green. Fresh flowers are also a natural interior stimulant, both visually and sensorially, so treat yourself to some cheap chrysanthemums for a boost in your day.