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26 Simple Ways To Add Style To Your Home

26 Simple Ways To Add Style To Your Home

Finding the right balance between functionality, coziness and style seems difficult to achieve when decorating our homes. No matter how much money we spend on decent furniture, rooms always seem to be lacking something and look nothing like the perfect spaces we see in magazines.

Sometimes the situation can be solved with a few small tricks that only require a few minutes of your time and don’t involve spending any money. Read through the following tips to find out how you can make your home look more stylish with minimal effort.

1. Treat the front door the same as the indoor

    The first impression you create about your home should not be overlooked, even if you live in an apartment building. Treating the outside of the entrance with the same attention as the inside is a great way to add style to your home.

    Put something from the inside of your house (nothing particularly precious though), hang a seasonal wreath or decorations, or update your house number sign. Plants are always a great idea, as long as they get sufficient light.

    2. Display stuff in threes

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      As in many fields and disciplines, the rule of three is vastly used in decorating and styling. Displaying a trio seems to be more appealing visually and more balanced, especially when sizes, heights and materials bring some variety.

      Start small by testing in a little corner or table and then apply the concept to different areas throughout the house. Just make sure you’re not overdoing it, otherwise the effect won’t be read right.

      3. Layer your carpets and rugs

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        Professionals use this tip a lot to save money on client projects or to “cheat” on shoots. Not only does this method cost less to bring a room together, but it also doesn’t deprive you from getting the pattern you love in case you can’t find the right size. It’s also a great way to test how you feel about a bolder choice and it makes the whole room feel cozier and more stylish.

        Start by layering a small bold rug on top of a bigger neutral carpet or rug.

        4. Stack your books in alternative ways

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          While the usual vertical or slightly tilted stack in bookshelves is common for a classic home, alternative placement speaks for a bolder style.

          Try alternating between vertical and horizontal book piles in shelves. Horizontal stacks will break the pattern of the vertical lines and add more visual interest, making it much more easier to style the shelves with additional objects. Just make sure the rhythm is random and not the same all over, as it defeats the purpose by creating a rigid pattern that’s heavy on the eye.

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          5. Display conversation pieces

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            This tip is a little trickier than it sounds because you don’t want to display your dear objects all over and find out nobody is impressed.

            In order to get people’s attention, conversation pieces should be standing out from the surroundings and immediately draw the eye to them. Don’t forget that you don’t need to cross an ocean to find a piece worth talking about. As long as there’s a dear memory related to them, distant or recent, anything can be a conversation piece (even a random picture or a thrifted piece).

            6. Make liquid soap bottles fancier

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              Next time you have a beautiful bottle of hand wash, save it after you use up the soap and refill with a cheap one. For a quick and easy fix, just soak the plastic bottles you usually buy in warm soapy water until all labels are easy to peel off. A transparent bottle looks less tacky and much fancier than a labeled one, even if it costs very little and is still plastic. Do this in the kitchen sink with dish wash bottles and on all bathroom sinks.

              While you’re at it, add a bottle of random lotion by each sink, to slather on your hands after doing the dishes to keep them soft and feel more stylish yourself.

              7. Keep the dust away

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                Nothing kills style like dust. It might be just yesterday that you cleaned the whole house, but dust finds its way back no matter what.

                Test and see which surfaces are more visible in the usual light at home and be sure to swipe them more often in between general cleaning. You will be able to enjoy your home and stay relaxed and not get alarmed when guests stop by. To remember to do it often, keep an easy cleaning supply (even wet wipes will do) tucked somewhere near the problematic areas.

                8. Display fresh flowers randomly

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                  When you get flowers put them in a vase somewhere in a corner of the room, nothing too central. Bonus points if the flowers are mismatch from street vendors or a garden. The casual look and random placement gives the impression that you do this all the time and for your own pleasure, without trying too hard to impress others.

                  9. Move stuff between different rooms

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                    We’re used to the logic of moving things around in the same room and it doesn’t naturally occur to move things from room to room. Doing so provides a fresh way of rearranging furniture and layouts. Also many things might look better in a new space or might serve a better function. When there’s no time or budget to go shopping, this is the fastest solution to freshen up every room in your house.

                    10. Keep white towels in the bathroom      

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                      This is a personal choice, but the white color in towels gives the idea of freshness and cleanliness (they have to be actually clean though). Additionally, having more than one towel in the bathroom is great, because it adds to the idea of effortless hospitality and curated details.

                      11. Always have books on the coffee table

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                        Books instantly add style and make for great entertainment moments with guests. Make sure to include what you love most and a couple of different genres, so everyone is pleased. You can have only books stacked in low piles or a mix of magazines, photo books and table books. This is a perfect setting to apply the rule of three and mix books with decorative elements and small objects.

                        12. Serve water in a pitcher

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                          Whether you drink water out of the tap, refrigerated or bottled, keeping it in a pitcher allows for easy access for also looks fancier. There’s nothing cooler than taking out a pitcher during meals with family or when guests are around. You can also add slices of cucumber or lemon to the water for a ridiculously quick, but super fancy touch.

                          Add a pitcher to your bedroom nightstands as well, to make hydration easier and give your bedroom extra style points.

                          13. Paint mismatch pieces the same color and finish

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                            If there’s a lot of mismatch pieces of furniture around your home that don’t stay well together because of their different style, finish or color; consider painting or even spray painting a few in the same color and finish to bring some unity to the space. Choose a couple of pieces that are scattered across the room and not too close to each other. There’s no need to go overboard, as even a small dose can help bring unity.

                            14. Keep placemats on the table even when you’re not eating

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                              This might sound counter-intuitive, but it actually gives the illusion of tidiness at home and order in the family (especially if you have kids). Placemats are also a great way to add color and pattern in small doses, if that’s your style. They can be inexpensive store-bought ones in plastic, rubber or paper. You can also make your own by cutting fabric or repurposing old sheets.

                              15. Display a bunch of the same element

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                                Choose one kind of produce you have in bulk at the moment. Fruit works best and the brighter the color the better. But you can also use some kind of vegetable or simple elements found in nature, such as stones or wood pieces.

                                Place a bunch of them in a big vase or bowl and display somewhere visible (like the kitchen countertop or a shelf), but not too central, unless you are using it as a table centerpiece. The aim is to make a big visual impact by having the same element in bulk, so better keep it simple with the shape and material, going for a glass vase or porcelain bowl.

                                16. Light candles in groups

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                                  Gather all the candles you have and arrange them in small groups around the house. The leaving room and entrance are great spots to start.

                                  Lighting candles in groups is much more effective than displaying them individually because they will provide a bigger glow, which is perfect for the evenings and when you have guests over. Also, having a bunch of candles burning gives the impression that you are used to do this randomly and you don’t save them for special occasions.

                                  When buying candles, skip the fancy smells and go for plain white ones, which look classic and chic and perfect for grouping.

                                  17. Add indoor plants

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                                    Plants are a great way to take any place to the next level. Not only they bring freshness and color to the room, but treating them as decorative pieces when choosing their placement helps adding style points to the room.

                                    Play with different scale plants and different leaf design if possible. Put big plants near big pieces of furniture or use them to fill empty corners, while small plants can be mixed within furniture parts or compliment bigger ones (when the rule of three is applied). Just make sure to provide them the right amount of light needed to survive.

                                    18. Remove some accessories

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                                      If you’re usually a fan of the “more is more” look, you have an eclectic style or you’re just looking to define your style, this is a quick tip for you. Take away a few items from what’s on display. Decorative objects, wall art, rugs, pillows can go one by one until you are left with a cleaner state. You can go back and forth replacing items or taking things back until you’re pleased with what you have.

                                      This tactic is not aimed to give you a minimalistic home, but rather take you a step back in order to rediscover the potential your home already has. From there, it’s easier to add “style” in different ways, big or small.

                                      19. Keep throws and blankets over the sofa

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                                        Not only do light blankets and throws make everything look cozier and lived-in, but they provide an effortless way to add texture or color/pattern to a rather flat or neutral room. If you want only one throw, make sure it’s not neatly folded, but thrown a little loosely. If you want two or more, play with the placement until the space looks balanced.

                                        20. Keep baskets in display around the house

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                                          Baskets are great to fill with clutter before guests arrive or carry from room to room to pick up stuff and take objects back to where it belongs. They seem much more expensive and exotic than they really are. Having them around the house in a few visible spots makes them feel part of the decor.

                                          They can be different sizes and shapes, but they should be the same material or have a common color, in order not to make too much noise in a rather busy looking home. On the contrary, they can be totally unique and loud in a neutral space.

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                                          21. Remove all packaging and store products in containers

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                                            Often stylish homes are defined by a few details and this little tip is a big helper. For everything food related you buy and keep on display, you should remove the packaging it came in and place it in a neat looking container. Glass containers are beautiful, but they can sometimes get expensive if you need a lot. Repurpose jam or sauce jars for an inexpensive solution or get plain porcelain ones. The point is not to have a whole matching set, but go for the same material or color in order to create a coherence and clean look in a kitchen or pantry.

                                            22. Hang up stuff on the walls

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                                              Many people avoid dressing the walls because they dread the expensive cost of art and frames. But you don’t need frames and you don’t even need art, because everything can be art as long as it moves you in a way and evokes feelings.

                                              Magazines pages are fast and inexpensive to display using tape, as you can choose images of the same theme or contrasting ones to add dynamics to the wall. Also, you can switch them up as often as you can without feeling guilty.

                                              23. Display your hobbies

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                                                Nothing says “you” like the things you love doing, so don’t shy away from letting your hobby creations or even equipment right there in the open. It will ensure for interesting discussions, probably more quality time if you manage to get someone else into it and a ton of character added to your house without any extra effort. Hang objects on the walls, place randomly on shelves or just leave on the floor.

                                                24. Fill a non-functional fireplace with something unexpected

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                                                  The classic place to play with its function is a fireplace. Put anything other than burning wood inside it and you instantly have style added to the space. Other examples where you can apply the same tip are small corners, architectural elements, windows with partial or no view, old appliances or even parts of big furniture.

                                                  25. Layer, layer and layer some more

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                                                    If you want to go the full magazine styled home, layering is the answer for you. Start small and add more layers as you get comfortable with your home’s dynamics. A good place to start practicing is a sofa or coffee table. Experiment with the rule of three and different materials, textures, colors until it feels right to your eye.

                                                    26. Let your home reflect who you are

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                                                      The most stylish homes I have seen are either styled for a photo shoot; or are real life houses of interesting people, that look somewhat “different” to what we are used to see, but hold a lot of character and style.

                                                      The easiest and foolproof way to make your home more stylish is to add more of who you are and what you like. Make it a beautiful place you are eager to spend time in and love it as much as you can. When you love and “support” your home’s quirks, it’s easy to impress everyone else.

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                                                      Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                                      100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                      100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                      Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                      By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                      Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                      83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                        84 write random letter

                                                          85 use a rubberband

                                                            86 dorm smell bad

                                                              87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                  90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                    91 iron inside out

                                                                      92 old newspaper

                                                                        93 tumble try shoes

                                                                          keep a card like this

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                                                                              94 soap bar

                                                                                95 make a hole

                                                                                  96 drop the battery

                                                                                    97 use a coozie

                                                                                      98 when taking a picture

                                                                                        use a clean dust pan

                                                                                          try a pants hanger

                                                                                            use your cellphone light

                                                                                              use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                  user binder clips

                                                                                                    wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                      put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                        clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                          use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                            doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                              use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                  freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                    use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                      almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                        sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                          unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                            cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                              remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                  for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                    how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                      tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                        place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                          ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                            use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                              take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                  put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                    How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                      user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                        good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                          turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                            50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                              the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                    hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                      stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                        the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                          how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                            the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                              use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                  user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                    a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                      rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                        use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                                          50

                                                                                                                                                                                            51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                              52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                  kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                                      58

                                                                                                                                                                                                        59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                          60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                            hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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