interior-425947_640If you’re looking to redesign a room in your house, or if you just want to freshen its look a bit, you’re sure to find a way with these six ingenious design tips. Take a look at these unique design suggestions!

Make the room look bigger.

If you have a small space or a moderate amount of space that you’d like to look larger, bring in as much light as you can. Paint the walls and the ceiling in light colors. Avoid heavy drapes or solid window covers. Instead, use blinds and sheer drapes that allow light to pass through, or dispense with widow treatments altogether. Use mirrors to make the space look twice as big, and to reflect light.

 

Repair your furniture.

Sometimes a scuffed leather chair or tattered throw can lend your space a warm, lived-in look, but if you have a piece of furniture with more than just minor damage, have it repaired. This is especially true if you need couch repair since the sofa is usually the focal point of a room. And keep in mind, you don’t have to stay with the old color or material when you have a piece repaired. It’s an opportunity to have the entire piece revamped. Try changing from leather to brocade, and vice versa; from a solid to a print; or from black or brown to blood red or electric blue. If you need sofa repair, many pros in New York can do a fabulous job.

 

Don’t buy off the showroom floor.

You can make your home much more expressive of your tastes and life experiences if you use unique pieces. Rather than buy a generic landscape painting from a furniture showroom, have a lovely vacation photo blown up and framed. Hire an artist to paint you and your family. Use a family heirloom sideboard, salvage a stained glass window from an old home, and decorate with an antique wall clock or an art piece from another country.

 

Less is more.

This is particularly true if you want your space to have a certain amount of drama. After all, what do you want your guests to notice – two dozen nice pieces, or the best and most dramatic piece you have, artfully showcased under track lighting? The more pieces there are competing for attention, the more diluted your overall design effect will be. If you have the opposite challenge – a small space in danger of being overwhelmed by a large piece — you can have the large piece reduced in size. This may also be a plus when it comes time for the furniture movers – in NYC this is always a concern.

 

Don’t be afraid of color.

More than any other single design element, color sets the mood for a space. Don’t let your design choices be driven by the pieces you already have – be deliberate. If you want your space to have a warm, cozy feel, go with golden yellow, orange, and brown tones. If you want to set a bright, cheery mood, use shades of white or bright/pastel yellows. Soft blues and greens will create a calm tone in the space, while vibrant red and orange colors will create a sense of drama. If you don’t want to commit to painting the entire room in a bright color, experiment. Use the color in an accent piece, such as a pillow or rug, or use it to paint a door, paneling, or the ceiling.

 

Bring the outdoors in.

Nothing makes a space look more fresh and relaxing than the addition of live plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can choose a hardy, low-maintenance indoor plant to bring a touch of natural beauty to your space. A tabletop water fountain creates a soft, soothing babble of water, and natural elements such as driftwood, coral, shells, and branches can be used in almost any style of décor.

Experiment with these suggestions to find just the right look for your room. For more decorative ideas, check out this article on design tips.