Human beings have a strange propensity for living in their own filth. Dishes piled higher than mountains, mould forming on the kitchen counter and living rooms that could be mistaken for rubbish tips – we’ve all let our homes fall into such messes before, and simply shrugged it off.
It’s only when people come round that the slovenly among us bother to clean up, kicked into action by embarrassment. But what if, after all your scrubbing and polishing, you discovered that your home looks a bit rubbish anyway, with interior design decisions that would’ve looked outdated in 1973?
Sometimes everyone’s home goes to the dogs, but there are a few interior design strategies that could add style to your home with a minimum of effort.
Here are just a few.
Make a mat matter
Your manky floors ain’t going to look better over time. The more you allow that ground-in dirt and faded colouring to linger, the more your carpet will be exacerbated with the passing of the years. And if you’ve already got food stains on your carpeting, it might be time to call this a terminal case.
But you don’t have to shell out for entirely new flooring. Instead, pick up a high-quality mat to cover any stains or worn-out sections of your carpet.
This isn’t just a quick fix, either – with a fully machine washable mat, your flooring is far less likely to wear out.
While we all love a dose of Celebrity Big Brother, a highbrow aesthetic in your living room could lend it a timeless feel.
Invest in a snazzy bookshelf for your front room and fill it with a ton of veritable classics, from Shakespeare to Wordsworth and beyond. To complement your natty hardbacks, find some neat bookends in the form of ornaments or candlesticks.
Not only will this look great on its own, but it’ll act as a neat counterpoint to your widescreen telly and ragged copies of the TV Guide.
A focal point
No matter how much mess you have strewn across the floor, you can always distract visitors with a neat focal point that will draw their eye.
Whether it’s a cool ornament, a neat table or a feature wall, one striking element in a room can bring the whole space together.
The most important element of your focal point is that it stands out from the rest of your room, all without looking garish. It’s a fine balancing act that largely falls down to personal taste – but get it right and you’ll wow guests like you were presenting them with a bar of gold.