Most of us, at some point, look around our home and realize that it still looks as though we are living in student digs. We might have grown up, got jobs, even had children or bought our homes, but we’ve simply moved our furniture and accessories, or never quite figured out our grownup style.
Of course, if student chic is working for you, then that’s great, stick with it, or even make it a chilled out theme. But, many of us want our homes to reflect our growing place in the world. We want them to speak for the individual that we’ve become, instead of invoking memories of what came before. We want homes we are proud to invite other grownups to and be unashamed of.
Fortunately, a more grownup home doesn’t mean that you have to replace all of your decor or spend a fortune on furniture. Often, a few small changes make the biggest difference. Here’s a look at some of the easiest ways to make your decor more grownup.
Frame Your Posters
One of the easiest to spot differences between a teenager’s room and an adult’s home is the artwork on the walls. Teens might have posters tacked up, grownups have framed artwork.
If you’re not ready to get rid of your favorite posters, put them in large frames and hang them back up.
Add Some Taxidermy
If taxidermy freaks you out, or you don’t agree with the practice, faux taxidermy is an excellent option. It welcomes nature in, adds some fun, and helps your room to feel more sophisticated—the decor version of wearing tweed.
Focus on Accessories
Accessories are a great way to make small but effective changes. Grown up rooms often have more soft furnishings and decorative accessories like vases, candles, and ornaments. Adding some simple accessories to your shelves, and cushions and throws to your seating can make a massive difference, as well as giving your rooms more personality and comfort.
Add Some Plants
What’s more grown up than plants? Add plants to your shelves and windows, and buy fresh flowers to add color. Add larger plants to the floor in open spaces, and by doors to welcome you in. These will brighten your space, cheer you up, improve the atmosphere, and even the air quality in your home.
Show Off Your Books
Books are a great way to add some sophistication while also showing off your personality. Keep full bookshelves, and add some of your favorites, or those with great covers, to shelves to show them off even more.
Add Lighting Options
Overhead lighting is often bright and functional, but not much more. Different lighting options allow you to change the atmosphere in your rooms and give you a new way to set the tone of an occasion. Soft lighting is always a great option, so think about lamps and even candles.
Invest In Quality
You certainly don’t need to get rid of all of your old furniture. But, adding a few high-quality pieces, or just a large item, such as a sofa or armchair, gives you room a trendy focal point, and automatically makes the rest of the room look more luxurious.