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Feb 4, 2007


An email came in from a Karen last Friday. Here's how it goes:

"Hi Stan,

I just bought a resale condo unit in the East and did some major renovations in it. After renovating my home, I still find the house "empty" and something seems to be lacking. But I'm not sure what. I did not engage an interior designer and I doubt my helpful contractor would be able to help in this case. What would you suggest I do to make my home look better?

Cheers! :)


Without looking at Karen's home, it's a bit tough to gather what's exactly wrong with the interiors. But I have a feeling that it has to do with the styling and accessorising of the house. Below are some techniques that will generally make any home look better.

1. Personalize your home with some art pieces and accessories. Relate your art to its surroundings and remember to position artwork at 'eye' level'. Create a formal look with symmetrical groupings of art. Create an informal look with asymmetrical groupings.

2. Repeat a colour at least three times, whether in the throw cushions, art pieces or rugs.

3. Utilise tabletop accessories of different shapes and heights for balance and interest, but abstain from cluttering the home with too many of these items. Display a selection of accessories only at strategic spots. The mantra 'less is more' always works.

4. Install mirrors at areas where they reflect something beautiful. Use them to add dimension, expand space or reflect light in a room.

5. Get area rugs and place them over the living or dining areas so that they break the monotony of the floor.


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