The time to bring some much needed life back into your spaces is long overdue. Whether it’s in an office, kitchen, bedroom, or even a bathroom, every space could benefit from a little upgrade. And what better time to do it than now? When you’re indoors anyway. Modern interior decoration is in high demand, but it isn’t as hard as you think to achieve sleek and contemporary style. Skip the interior designer, and use these simple ideas to update the look of your space!

Optimize Surface Area

First thing’s first when adding a little spice into your space. And that’s the layout of the room. One of the most important components of a contemporary look is a spacious layout. Arrange the furniture and other large pieces in a way that gives the space the most open floor plan. That means, it might be time to repurpose that bulky old recliner you’ve had for centuries. Minimalism is key, so don’t keep more than what’s necessary. If your space is small, try incorporating mirrors to give the illusion of a larger area. Hanging mirrors, full length mirrors, and even mirrored furniture is a perfect way to reflect light and make small spaces appear open and roomy.

Minimize Clutter

Modern homes are styled to be simple and functional. Deep clean your space and reorganize clutter so that everything has a place. And no, that chair you throw all of your garbage, clothing, and other miscellaneous items on does not count as a proper ‘place’. Try integrating visible storage into your space, like jars for food items or woven baskets for books, blankets, or even dog toys. Floating shelves are also a great way to enhance the look of your space while increasing the amount of visible storage. Throw a couple of succulents on them, and you’ve got yourself a home out of a magazine!

Increase Lighting

Proper lighting can change the dynamic of a room. Consider making your space shine a little brighter by switching out old light fixtures for new ones. Stay clear of bulky lamps or chandeliers with bold patterns. Instead, opt for sleek and simple fixtures that expose the bulb. Geometric lines and shapes like squares, rectangles, and triangles, scream modern. Finding fixtures that include these basic shapes are a major plus. A well lit room is also more warm and inviting overall, and can help you get up and motivated to complete your daily tasks everyday.

Replace Outdated Items

It might not be practical to buy brand new furniture everytime you revamp your space, but it is easy to switch out throw-blankets, pillows, and other minimal decor. Replace outdated couch pillows and blankets with new ones that follow a basic color scheme. You can even purchase throw pillow covers for the ones you already have, and change them whenever you please! Keep it classic and high in contrast with black and white, adding in small pops of a punchy accent color like yellow or red. The same rules apply for paint. Tear down grandma’s vintage wallpaper, because a fresh coat can go a long way. It’s important to stick with neutrals and avoid busy patterns in order to maintain a sleek style. Additionally, window curtains, handles, and doorknobs are essential parts of every space that are often overlooked. Replacing cabinet handles and door knobs from round to linear shapes is one of the easiest ways to update your space. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference.