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Cut the clutter

Keeping clutter to a minimum. Almost everyone has a little spot of clutter, a box over here, a pile of papers over there. You may barely even notice these things, because you're so used to seeing them around. A very neat trick I've found for spotting clutter that you can no longer see? Take a photo of your home. This will help you see it through new eyes, and maybe inspire you to find permanent homes for things that are sticking out.

Add some flower power!

If you look very closely, you will notice a thing that many of the most beautiful houses have in common: fresh cut flowers. A touch of the natural adds liveliness and texture to a room and can help to soften the lines of a modern space. Having fresh flowers all the time could get a bit costly, but you can achieve the same effect with a houseplant.

Let your furniture breathe

Another thing you could do is to take furniture pieces and move them just slightly further away from one another. Try it! Even a few inches can make a significant difference. If you have the space, giving your furniture a little extra room to breathe can give your space a lighter, airier, feel. Another trick? Pulling furniture just a few inches away from the wall.

Hang Large-Scale Art

There’s nothing like putting some large paintings on the wall. This creates great visual interest in each room and can also help certain pieces of furniture stand out. 

Living room ideas on a budget

Create a focal point and give your room that wow factor. You could use a brightly coloured object or a piece of unusual shaped piece furniture, the look can be chic and have high impact, with very little hassle. Keep your eyes peeled at flea markets and charity stores for large pieces at reasonable prices or get creative and make your own if you're decorating on a budget.

For further help and advice on getting your interiors on trend, talk to Perkins Stockwell on 0116 251 6501 or email info@perkinsstockwell.co.uk

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