Lauren Mancke

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Whether you live in a quaint studio apartment or a luxurious spacious loft, there’s always room to make your living space feel more like a home. Creating an environment of peace, comfort, and beauty is essential to investing in yourself and awakening inspiration around every corner. If you work from home, you get a healthy dose of your surroundings and know how important creating an atmosphere of inspiration is. Otherwise, you know how relaxing it is to get back home to your humble abode and bask in its beauty. Even the most keenly curated spaces need a refresher every now and again, so here are some things you can do to add beauty to your space or give it a mini makeover without having to go full renovation.

1. Add greenery: Plants are the perfect pick-me-up for any space. Not only do they increase the air quality- adding a boost of oxygen, there are many plants that purify the air, ridding your space of chemicals found in everyday products. Not to mention they’re just downright pretty. Nurturing something so precious and watching it grow is also good therapy and a stress reliever. Consider some low-maintenance houseplants to start off with like:Fiddle-leaf figs, Palms, Monstera plants, Peace Lily, Snake plants, Cactus, Bamboo, or a Chinese evergreen.

2. Add a luxe piece of furniture: Even if you’re not the flashy type, consider adding some pizzazz to your space by choosing an eye-catching piece and designing around that. An accent chair with a fun fabric is an option for the living room. Painting an elaborate stencil on your dresser works well in the bedroom. Or you can choose a mirror with an elaborate frame, which is a great way to give small spaces the illusion of feeling much bigger and seeming so visually. The possibilities are endless, but the key is to pick something that that feels a bit luxurious to elevate the look the of the space.

3. Personalize it with some art: One of the best ways to infuse your personality into your space is in your art choices. Pick pieces that speaks to you so you’ll draw inspiration from it daily. Art is something your guests can enjoy and opens the door to interesting conversation. Consider buying art prints from local artists so it brings a feel of community into your space. If you’re on a budget, buy a print from the artist  rather than the original. Art is a great way to add a pop of color to a minimal space or tie the look of the room together, creating a cohesive look. Try going with a bigger piece as a bold, confident selection to fill your wall space.

4. Get the lighting just right: One quick fix to any space is the proper lighting, which can enhance the overall look and feel immediately. If you value the mood of your space, adding light dimmers is the solution for you. Otherwise, choose lighting options that favor your favorite parts of the room, like an overarching lamp placed beside the couch, could be just the right touch. Chandeliers are a fun choice for your favorite spaces like your bedroom or home office. A fun pendant light that hangs above your kitchen counter tops, will bring a new intimacy to cooking. In all, they show that you care about often overlooked details that make all the difference.

If you want to save even more money on these fun projects, consider going the DIY route. Follow us on Pinterest for more tips on enhancing your lifestyle and DIY décor ideas.

Cover photo by Jordan Whitt

  • Rachel In Real Life

    I’m on a mission at the moment to sort out the lighting in my lounge actually. I really do think the right lighting make such a difference.

  • Rachel Bradford

    Plants and art are my go tos for a little decor pick me up. I’m working on covering my entire desk in plants!!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I like having plants and I also love having art work on the wall, I am always interested in why people buy certain pieces of art x

  • I love having plants in my home, they just make a space feel a bit more alive don’t they!?

  • Ickle Pickle

    Lighting can make such a difference to a space or room. Great post and tips. Kaz x

  • Fiona

    This is a great post and has given me lots of ideas for how to spruce up my bedroom.

    Fiona xx

  • I never thought about plants and the air I am going to look into that I think such a great tip

  • Nazy Nazy

    Very informative post .The most important things for me in the house are greenery and good lighting .

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