Give Your Home A Makeover

Decorating your home can be an expensive exercise, but it is easy to get by without spending a lot of money. Using original – and not necessarily expensive – decorative objects, you can create a stylish, pleasant ambiance. Indeed, the appearance and style of your home can be changed simply by the use of some well-chosen and carefully placed objects.

The way your homes smells can also have an uplifting, invigorating effect, as witnessed by the current popularity of home fragrance products like scented candles and reed diffusers. It may seem surprising, but odours can affect the atmosphere and the overall “feel” of a room. By using home fragrances such as scented candles, essential oils and incense burners you can influence the atmosphere at home in a positive way. For instance, if you would like to enjoy a subtle fragrance while taking a bath, simply add two or three drops of your favourite essential oil to the warm water. Lavender and jasmine essential oils are particularly soothing in this situation.

To make a design statement without costing the earth, why not try using a beautiful bowl or interesting vase? Just imagine the dramatic effect you can create with a bowl filled with brightly coloured fruit such as lemons, limes and oranges or a lovely bouquet of flowers. Without spending much you can pick up a wide selection of vases or bowls that could be used in this way. Why not try a decorative flat bowl simply sitting on its own on your coffee table for a fresh modern touch? If you prefer a more traditional feel, you can fill your favourite vase with either fresh or dried flowers.

There are lots of other inexpensive items available which will give your decor a much needed boost, or give your home a little more character. These decorative ideas are usually easy to find, no matter the style of your interior decorating, from the traditional to the contemporary. Various objects such as cushions, Yankee candle bouquet  rugs and throws bring an added colour or texture without breaking the bank.

Lighting is a very good way to influence the atmosphere in your home. Using scented candles, especially luxury scented candles made by premium brands like True Grace candles or Yankee candles, you can create an atmosphere of calm and romance. Candle holders can be artistic and show off your candles to the best effect, enhancing the decorative appeal of just about any room you care to mention. For instance, a large wrought iron candle holder, such as you might find in an old country home or castle, can make a truly impressive design statement in most traditional homes. And perhaps the easiest way to keep your home looking its best is to have it regularly cleaned. Having your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned every six to twelve months can make a dramatic difference to the look of your home.

So you see, very often it does not take much to revive and brighten the interior of your house or apartment. Candles, essential oils and cushions are easy to find and inexpensive, but used with a little imagination, they can easily imbue your home with some much-needed character.

The author is owner of the Scented Candle Store where you will find a wide range of home fragrances including scented candles by True Grace candles [] and Yankee candles []



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