Three simple ways to make your home look more polished

This is how designers evaluate the spaces they work on.
Published October 3, 2019 10:20 a.m. EST
Last Updated October 3, 2019 10:20 a.m. EST

If you’ve been struggling to find ways to incorporate creativity and uniqueness into your home, we’ve got you covered! While there’s an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to choosing décor, these three tips will give you a great head start.


In any room, having a good balance of furniture and art can make a bigger difference than you think. If your space is crowded with furniture and you’re left with little floor space, we recommend heading back to the drawing board. It’s important to find pieces that work well in your space and leave the room looking aesthetically pleasing.

Not only will an equal balance help you feel anxious, but it can also help your home feel even larger. For example, having a sofa and coffee table would balance out the room rather than just a sofa. Similarly, a low cabinet could be balanced out by placing a piece of art above.


Long are the days where matching every piece of furniture was ideal. With so many new trends, mismatching furniture finishes is just one way to personalize your space. Between wood, fabrics, metal and glass, you’d be surprised how well different finishes complement each other. Same goes for patterns and textures, don’t be afraid to play around with the size, style and colours of your décor pieces.

When it comes to the colour palette of your space, try to incorporate five or more colours. At the same time, avoid using the exact same colour in several places. Instead, switch up the shades of that colour for different elements. An easy way to incorporate colour and add more texture to your room is by using baskets, wallpaper, light fixtures, pillows and drapes. Even throw blankets and rugs can make a noticeable difference.


Layering with décor helps create beautiful vignettes that make a statement about your space. Whether you add pillows, art, accessories, plants or all four, sometimes the simplest layers are the most impactful. Adding pillows onto your couch near a throw is one way of doing this. Placing books and accessories onto a coffee table is another simple way to layer. If you’re looking to frame a piece of art, adding a floor lamp or plant strategically in front will help achieve more layers.

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Furniture: Sofa; Urban Barn, $1,299 | Rug; Urban Barn, $999 | Coffee Table; Urban Barn, $699 | Cabinet; IKEA, $499

Art: Standing Still II by Tahsin, available through PI Creative Art | Gallery Brass Frame With White Mat; CB2, $59.95

Accessories: Gold Tray; CB2, $109 | Faux Plant; CB2, $89.95 | Glass Vase Large; CB2, $44.95 | Glass Vase Small; CB2, $21.95

Pillows: Isla Pillow Laguna; Tonic Living, $71.95 | Zoe Pillow Gold; Tonic Living, $45.95 | Kenmare Linen Pillow; Tonic Living, $64.95 | Harlowe Cushion Cover in Prussian Blue; Jane Meets Ruby, $115