If you're like most people, you probably spend the majority of your time indoors. Whether you're at home, at work, or running errands, chances are you're spending more time inside than out. With that in mind, it's important to make sure that your indoor spaces are as comfortable and inviting as possible. Here are five incredible ways to elevate your interiors and make your indoor spaces places you actually want to be.
1. Let in the Light
Nothing makes a space feel more open and airy than natural light. If you're lucky enough to have large windows, take advantage of them by keeping the blinds or curtains open during the day. Not only will you save on energy costs, but you'll also get a much-needed dose of Vitamin D. If your windows are on the smaller side or if you don't have any windows at all, consider adding some mirrors to your space. Mirrors reflect light and can make a small space feel twice as large.
2. Bring in the Plants
In addition to purifying the air, plants can also add a pop of color and life to any room. If you don't have a green thumb, don't worry—there are plenty of low-maintenance options out there that are practically impossible to kill. Spider plants, aloe vera, and succulents are all great choices that will thrive with minimal care. Not only will your space look better, but you'll also feel better knowing that you're surrounded by living things.
3. Add Some Texture
One of the easiest ways to add interest to a room is by playing with texture. Incorporate different fabrics, materials, and finishes into your space for a look that's both stylish and unique. Try pairing a smooth leather couch with a fluffy sheepskin rug or mixing wood finishes for an eclectic yet put-together look. Textured throw pillows and blankets are also an easy way to add some visual interest to your space without breaking the bank.
4. Create a Focal Point
Every room needs a focal point—a spot for the eye to rest when first entering the space. A fireplace is a natural focal point in many homes, but if yours doesn't have one (or if it's not functional), there are other options. Hang a large piece of art above your sofa or use Simple Shapes to create visual interest. You could also try adding a statement piece of furniture such as an antique armoire or a modern daybed. Whatever you choose, make sure it reflects your personal style and ties the room together visually.
5. Layer Your Lighting
Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to interior design but it can make all the difference in how a space looks and feels. In addition to overhead lighting, try incorporating floor lamps, table lamps, string lights, candles, or even fairy lights into your space for an extra touch of ambiance. And when it comes time to watch television or work on your laptop, dimmer switches can help reduce eye strain and create a more relaxing environment overall.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.