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Many people follow the same trends when decorating their home. Creams, greys and neutrals are great, but at times can get a little bland and samey. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but it begs the question do you really want your home to look the same as everybody else’s? Why not try something different, and add something that is entirely unique to you that will dazzle your friends and family alike when they come to visit.

Add a Pop of Colour

It might sound like stating the obvious, but adding a pop of colour into an otherwise blandly palletted room can entirely transform it. There are some colours that people naturally steer clear of, because of their vibrancy it’s quite often thought that they don’t work well in decorating. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Admittedly four fuschia walls may be taking it a bit far, but just adding a pop of vibrancy in the room really livens it up. Select a colour that is bold, bright and eye catching and don’t follow the crowd, stand out! If you really struggle to decide on a colour, just pick your favourite and use that. One bright feature wall or a statement piece of pop-art vibed furniture is the perfect way to give a room the wow factor.

If you struggle with colour, why not opt for patterns instead? Florals, geometrics and colourfully mismatched patterns are great for this.

Choose a Focal Point for the Room

One focal point per room is the key to giving it the wow factor. This also gives you a fair bit of free reign, because you get to choose exactly what your focal point will be.

It could be a fireplace, a piece of furniture or a big piece of art. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s eye catching enough to draw attention to it immediately – remember, it is supposed to be the focal point. Also be mindful of where you place it. The focal point – or centrepiece – should be exactly that. The centrepiece of a table is the main attraction, and likewise it also should be in a room.

Quality Over Quantity, Always

It’s rare that you’ll get a unique and flamboyant item for cheap prices. Although not impossible, charity shops can be an Aladdin’s cave of hidden designer gems, it’s unlikely and absolutely not guaranteed.

However, quality doesn’t always have to mean more expensive. Antiques and vintage stores are the perfect place to pick up potential bargains on high quality unique items.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Make sure your home is the fairest of them all! Adding a large statement mirror to a wall you wouldn’t necessarily expect it to be at will double the hosting room in size, and help to  reflect light and brighten up the space.

However, if big mirrors aren’t your thing, consider getting several smaller mirrors – and make sure they don’t match. Arranging several slightly mismatched small mirrors in a collage style on the wall not only gives you all the benefits that a larger mirror would, but also gives the impression of an almost art gallery wall. Quirky and practical.

Make Sure Your Light is Right

Lighting shouldn’t just be functional. Yes, it also has a purpose, but it should be as carefully selected as a piece of art or furniture. Larger scale statement ceiling lights are very artistic, but also ensure that you don’t forget lamps to achieve light at eye level, and to create ambience when it’s dark.

If your home is well-lit, it will be presented in an all round more attractive way. This is especially convenient if you’re trying to sell your home online on websites such as Ready Steady Sell. The photos are your main selling point and if the light is right, they’ll come out a lot better.

Think About Different Textures

Remember when decorating to acknowledge senses other than sight too. There’s something incredibly welcoming and real, and almost 3D about using a culmination of different textures in the home. Think about sleek metals, soft velvets, rough baskets and of course fluffy pillows for added cosiness. There’s something about mismatching textures that makes the home feel cosy and almost nest-like, giving it the wow factor.

Upgrade Your Technology

Finally, consider upgrading your home into a smart home, or just generally upgrading the technical items around the house. This could be from something as small as a new satellite TV package or sound system to getting all remote-controlled lighting and security. Whatever it is you decide on, technology is undeniably impressive.