Three Subtle Design Decisions to Bring Out the Best in Your Home

The process of redecorating is often associated with hard work; that is, lots of heavy lifting and money spent picking out the “perfect” pieces to transform your home.

However, much of the success behind a redecorating project comes through working smarter and not harder.

Sometimes the smallest touches can make the biggest differences when it comes to redecorating our living space. If you’re looking to give your home a new look without breaking the bank, consider these three subtle yet significant tips.

Three Subtle Design Decisions to Bring Out the Best in Your Home

Contrasting and Accenting Colors

Incorporating contrasting and accenting color schemes into your interior design is perhaps one of the simplest ways to make any room pop. Adjusting the color schemes of your furniture and decorations room by room can completely brighten or mellow the mood of your home.

White wooden furniture is ideal for a contrasting or accenting color scheme, especially as the centerpiece of your room. For example, a white bed could serve as a mellow accent to beige sheets or curtains; however, coupling such a bed with black fabrics would give the room a more formal vibe.

Understanding analogous versus complimentary colors can help you visualize what sort of colors schemes pop versus those which are subtler.  Likewise, make sure that you avoid a clashing color scheme such as neon green and yellow or violet and red.

Inventive Storage Solutions

Decluttering has become all the rage in recent years, especially in the wake of the tiny house movement. In short, the such design embraces a “less is more” mentality to minimize clutter.

Even if you’re not living in a tiny house, you can apply similar principles to clean up your home and make the most of your space. For example, consider:

  • Stylish ottomans with lids, doubling as storage space
  • If you have a two-story home, under-the-stair storage has become increasingly popular
  • Maximizing storage in “hidden” or unutilized space, such as under a beneath end-tables with curtains

Obviously, removing clutter is ideal for any interior design project and should be one of your primary goals, regardless of the style you’re going for.


Lighting represents yet another subtle yet hugely important aspect of altering the mood of any given room. How so?

  • Light has the ability to make a room feel more expansive or claustrophobic; lighter colors emphasize the former while darker walls achieve the latter
  • Overhead lighting can work to emphasize particular elements of the room, such as a centerpiece, paintings or an entryway
  • Keep windows in mind as you decide the amount and types of light fixtures you need for any given room; don’t neglect the benefits of exposure to natural light

From wall fixtures and chandeliers to mounted lamps and natural light, you have plenty of options when it comes to achieving the perfect lighting for every room. Keep in mind that most of the design impact of lighting is difficult to visualize until you do it yourself. Don’t be afraid to experiment with lighting fixtures and lamps to find what works best for you.

Oftentimes it feels like there are millions of variables when it comes to our interior design projects; however, sometimes the subtlest touches can make the most difference. During your next redesign, consider the small changes you can make first before investing too much time or money into your project.


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