Interior Decorating

When it comes to hairstyles, cologne, clothing, and even daily routines, most of us are creatures of habit. Although change is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your image, it's also one of the hardest things to actually undergo. And when it comes to your home, it can become quite an expensive venture.

I'm talking about little changes that can make a huge difference in your place, and turn your pad from a living space to a stylish guy's palace. There's no need to call the movers, the Fab Five, or hire an interior design team; these few tips are of the do-it-yourself variety.

Brush up on painting

One of the most obvious is decorating techniques also one of the most time-consuming. But there's a reason why a new coat of paint and change of color can infuse new life into any space -- it's the first thing you notice when you walk into a room. Whether you decide to pick up a brush yourself or enlist the help of your girlfriend or a professional painter, it's up to you to choose the color.

Remember that a lighter color makes a place look bigger while a darker color can have the opposite effect; but that doesn't mean you can't experiment with a different color rather than the usual white or "eggshell." While neutrals are a "safer" option, softer shades of earth tones are gaining popularity. Some popular wall colors include cappuccino or mocha brown, sage green and light blue.

And don't limit yourself to one-dimensional options; if you hire a pro, you can consider a more textured painting technique, which can add a whole other effect to your walls. If you do it yourself, you can also opt for "special effect" paint, which has different textures like denim, suede, linen, and sandstone, for example.


Change lighting

A natural complement to a room's wall color, lighting can lend an entirely new dimension to a room. Just think of the effect the right lighting can have on a film or TV show. It might be hard to completely restructure your home's lighting structure, especially if you live in a rental, but there are other ways to enhance the lighting in your rooms without having to add recessed lighting (pot lights) or track lighting -- both of which are great ideas, but require complete electrical rewiring.

Invest in some cool floor lamps, table lamps, and even ceiling fixtures (if applicable). There is an abundance of lamp options out there, and there's no reason for you to have to resort to a lamp from the local hardware store. From wood to leather bases, and "Zen"-looking shades, your minimalist-looking lamps can give your place maximum appeal.

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Steven Manicom

Steven Manicom

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CENTURY 21 First Canadian Corp., Brokerage*
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