Once in awhile, it’s healthy to it the refresh button and spruce up your living space. It gives you a rejuvenated sense of psychologically clarity that can transform your space into a home. With fall closing in and temperatures getting cooler, there’s nothing more soothing than snuggling on your couch with a great book and a warm beverage so there’s no better time than now to get your home in order.

If you’re not sure where to start, I would recommend picking up a home decor or architectural magazine. They are loaded with lots of ideas that you can draw from. Of course, you can default to Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration. Some of my favourite architectural/home decor magazines are Architectural Digest, Domino and Elle Decor (Conde Naste Traveler is also a close competitor on my list). If you’re not confident in your choices, don’t worry, I truly believe that an eye for style is something you can train yourself to do. However, just like most things in life, you have to be committed to finding out what appeals to you and how each aspect of what you’re integrating interplays with each other. Just like styling in fashion, balance is key and symmetry is actually an important factor when it comes to home decor.

If you’re not the type to sit and review magazines or boards, try heading to a few home decor stores to find inspiration. A few of my favourite places are Urban Barn, West Elm, One Kings Lane and Ikea (yes ikea!). Be sure to take pictures of items that appeal to you. If the price range is out of your budget, you can always look elsewhere for something similar at a more affordable price. Tip: If your space doesn’t get much sunlight, go with lighter tones to brighten up the room and contrast with dark accents. 

  1. Tie in accent colours throughout the room. 

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2. Symmetry is key. Pair with a statement rug to make the room pop.

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3. Pay attention to your surroundings and what your windows are framing. Build your space around the focal point.

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4. Keep the space warm by choosing colours that are muted. 

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5. Know where to draw the eye. 

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6. Use bathroom tiles to create an eye catching wall pattern. 

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7. Use texture to create dimension instead of colour. 

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