With starry eyes over the beautiful interiors that fill the pages of decoration magazines and Pinterest?

Even if you’re not considering a great deal of refreshment, here are tips and tricks to decorate your home and add a little balance to your pad.

Get a decorative tray, baskets, or bowls

A hassle-free way to put your bells and whistles, travel memories, or other curiosities together right away – group them in a tray.

Important media like remote controls also look less messy when you put them in a tray. Add extra design elements like candles, pebbles or a small potted plant.

For clutter that you want to keep out of sight, choose fancy baskets or boxes that will enhance the style of your home while also doubling as storage space.

Create a nice vignette

A vignette is a curated group of objects that are displayed together in a visually appealing and balanced way, adding a polished look to any home.

You can create a vignette anywhere from the entry console to the coffee table or sideboard.

Consider pieces like sentimental items, heirlooms, potted plants, glassware, books, a decorative mirror, and yes, a tray of smaller items.

Or, have a large object like a mirror or frame anchor the room instead of shattering a few small objects.

You can also mix sparkling or metallic pieces with matte objects, or opt for items of different heights and sizes.

Add plants

Plants and flower vases add natural beauty and dimension to your home, and regardless of the aesthetic desired, there is a plant that will suit your space.

Large plants like violin leaf figs are great for making a statement or hiding uncomfortable corners, while smaller potted plants can be placed on a console table as part of a fascinating vignette.

If you don’t have a green thumb, artificial plants or dried twigs in a vase will work just as well.

If you’ve shopped for plants, skip the plastic pots that kindergarten plants are often used to deliver.

Buy trendy, whimsical planters and pots that complement your interior design style.

Add tactile elements

Tactile accessories add cosiness and comfort to your room – think of sofa throws, pillows, carpets and table runners.

And since they take up part of the visual space, especially carpets and curtains, they can also dictate the feeling of space and change it immediately.

Woven textiles such as linen and hemp as well as ethnic patterns create a casual atmosphere, while velvet, leather and silk exude elegance.

Put on a blank wall

The possibilities are endless, from wall hangings to console tables or wall decals. Or go a step further with stunning wallpaper.

An oversized work of art is also a surefire way to instantly create an unexpected impact.

It can be a print or a painting that speaks to you.

Go for statement decor

A hero decor accent like a fantastic light fixture can have serious effects, especially in a small space. Not only does it take up no space, but it also adds instant drama – think of it as a work of art with a practical function.

Pick the ones that will beautify your space, whether you are using a gorgeous sculptural chandelier for a modern living room or statement pendant lights over a dining table.

Mix trends

Mix styles to give your home a timeless quality and add a dose of personality.

For example, a mid-century modern console goes well with a boho wall hanging.

However, don’t go beyond three different styles. Run a consistent element throughout and stick to a limited color palette.

Don’t forget the bathroom

Right before a major overhaul, there are little things you can add to give the feel of a hotel bathroom.

Instead of leaving your shampoos and soaps in their original packaging (unless they come in beautiful bottles), buy stylish bottles or holders instead, which you can then display on a tray.

You should also throw away ragged towels for soft, fluffy ones and consider getting a nice mirror for the room.

Scents like candles or diffusers are great for adding a bit of luxury too.

This article was first published in Singapore Women’s Weekly (www.womensweekly.com.sg).