There’s nothing like clutter and mess to detract from a luxe aesthetic. Ania says you can give your home a high-end treatment – and make your spaces feel bigger – by editing your stuff. “Decluttering is vital for having a designer-look home.”
Accent pieces and statement accessories are a great way to add form or colour but be careful not to overdo it, Ania warns. “Less is more. Don’t have too many pieces in a space.”
Keeping your possessions pared back is a simple way to elevate your interiors without spending a cent. For more help on minimising your stuff, check out our guide to the art of decluttering.
Small spaces don’t necessarily have to mean small furniture. “Larger pieces in a smaller room can actually make the room look bigger,” Ania says. “Sometimes having one big couch and a statement coffee table is better than having multiple smaller pieces, which can make the room feel cluttered and busy.”
Repaint the walls
Home feeling a little tired and lacklustre? A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to transform your interiors – and it’s an easy DIY project to tackle over a weekend. Ania says whites and neutrals are always a safe bet, but that you shouldn’t be afraid to play around with soft colour.
“Make spaces look bigger by using white or really light colours,” she advises. “Or, if you like colour, opt for dull hues such as sage or terracotta. Try to keep the bold colour for artwork and accessories.”
And if you have dated brick feature walls or timber panelling, paint those, too. This way you get to keep the texture and character while adding a contemporary edge.
Here, RACV’s Handy Andy shows you how to paint a wall, plus check out these expert tips for choosing the right white for your home
When it comes to wall art, Ania says the rule to remember is: go big or go home. Hanging a large-scale art piece helps to create a focal point in a room. If you can’t afford an original work, there are many online sites offering custom prints for a fraction of the cost.
Add a beautiful timber or a sleek metal frame et voila. Keep an eye on local op shops or markets for pre-loved pieces, or unleash your inner artist and try your hand at creating your own extremely personalised works. Plus, check out our guide to investing in artwork.
Let there be light
Natural lighting is one of the hallmarks of high-end home design as it has the power to completely change the mood of a room. If your home isn’t awash with natural light, opt for soft, warm lighting that will create an inviting glow instead of harsh, fluorescent bulbs. Updating tired lampshades and light fittings is another easy way to give any room an instant lift.