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7 (Affordable) Tips to ​Find your Inner Interior Designer.

You’ve bought a house, your name is on the contract and all your stuffs been moved there, but here’s the weird thing: it still doesn’t feel like your home. The truth is, it takes time for a house to feel like a home, but there are some quick and affordable ways to make it feel more homey faster.

Mirror, mirror on the wall.

One of the best ways to get your home to reflect you better is by literally getting your home to reflect you: put some mirrors up on the wall! They’re inexpensive (protip:check out your local buy and sell page for some second hand options), plus you can find them in all shapes and sizes. You’ll also find that they really open up a room and make it feel bigger.

​And don’t just think you have to put them on the wall: mirrors also work well as trendy serving trays for food and drink.

Go retro.

This may seem counter-intuitive, but one of the best ways to keep your home from looking dated is by getting yourself some vintage furniture. With mid-century modern being a major trend, your Grandma’s furniture has never looked so chic! Perth has plenty of great antique stores where you can find great-looking pre-loved homegoods. But don’t ignore op-shops – you’d be surprised at what you can find at your local Good Sammies. Give these items a little love with some orange oil furniture polish and it will have them looking as good as new!

​A work of art!

​You may not be able to afford a Picasso, but you can afford a print of their work. Plus, IKEA has some great frames you can display them in (Blu-Tacking it to a wall just doesn’t cover it when you’re over 15-years-old). Have your travel photos professionally printed or purchase some recreations of your favourite pieces. You can also try your weekend markets for some work done by local artists.

​If arts not your thing, you can find cool concert and movie posters online. So why not dedicate a wall or two to your favourite band and movie.

​Colour me bold.

‘Antique White’ seems to be the default colour for most paint jobs in Perth. But there’s plenty of shades and hues that aren’t so, well, antique-like. Go to your local Bunnings and you’ll find plenty of colour swatches that you can experiment with – they even have a colour matching service. Get some inspirations from pinterest or instagram for some ideas on how to work different colours together.

​And the great thing about paint is it’s inexpensive and if you don’t like it, you can find another color that better fits your style and space.

Paint it black.

​This idea could have probably gone in the previous section, but you know what: we like it so much we’re chalking it up with its very own subhead!

Blackboard paint is actually a really fun and functional option for traditional wall-paint. If you have a kid, you can use it to paint a feature wall in their room. Give them some chalk and they can get in touch with their inner-artist whenever they’re feeling creative.

Or you can use it to paint a wall in your kitchen – this way you can chalk up reminder notes, shopping lists and other important things up on the wall.

​Plant some roots!

You’ll be surprised at the calm and colour that indoor plants can bring to a room. Succulents and Monstera plants are easy to look after come in a variety of size, colours and shapes. Try to add in some ferns or hanging pot plants to give some extra layers and depth to how you display them. There are plenty of plants that work in low light environments so you don’t have to worry about not having a ton of sunlight to keep them alive and healthy.

Have fun.

This may sound like a given, but enjoy yourself. You no longer have to suffer through rent inspections, not being about to change out extremely dated decor or have to worry about not making any holes in the walls. Take it room by room and enjoy the work of making it yours.

​This is your house and you should have fun with it!

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