Top 10 Things That Are Making Your Home Look Less Sophisticated


Sometimes little things can make a BIG difference.

Unmade Beds

A properly made bed always makes the right first impression. Simply by adding a few minutes to your morning routine to make the bed, you'll instantly improve the vibe and feeling of the bedroom, ensuring your space feels like the relaxing retreat it wants to be. If the styling you've selected for your bed is too time-consuming or cumbersome to do every morning, simplify the look. Go easy on yourself. It's the ritual that matters.

Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Unflattering light not only casts a harsh sheen on you and your guests but can also make your home décor look less than stellar. Switch out harsh bulbs with softer, warmer light to cast a flattering glow and make your space feel invitingly abundant. It's all about that healthy glow.

Wired Tech

Don't let technology upgrades from flat screens to speakers detract from your living room's aesthetic. Opting for a simple console or sleek wall-mounting display will showcase your assets in style. Edited and sophisticated, these easy installations promise to look more deliberate and attractive than dealing with bulky, wires or traditional stands.

Not hanging artwork properly

Many online galleries offer beautiful framing options upon purchase at a fraction of the cost. Be sure to inquire after pricing before taking your new masterpiece home.


Too much "stuff" can make your space feel cluttered and cheapen the overall look of your home. Take some time—say 10 minutes a day—to straighten up the areas that get the most crowded. Coffee tables, kitchen counters, entry consoles, and office desks are the best places to start.

Stock Flower Vases


Very rarely are the floral shop vases that come with mail-order arrangements attractive in their own right. If you find your only option for housing fresh flowers is the red frosted glass vase that your Valentine's Day roses came in, hit up your local crafts or hobby store for affordable, clear glass vessels in classic shapes.

Vertical Blinds

Particularly in rentals, it can be difficult to avoid vertical blinds. While they are functional, there are more appealing ways to block incoming light and offer privacy. Since removal can be cumbersome and costly, if your home's architecture allows, install a large box valance over your blinds' valance or hang a rounded curtain rod from the ceiling. Push the blinds to the side and hang drapery panels over them. The curtains will offer necessary privacy when pulled over the window and are infinitely more attractive than your existing blinds.

Paper Lampshades


If you've scored a sleek, simple, and inexpensive lamp, see about replacing the stock paper shade that it came with with a fabric option. Many times large retailers offer various shade options for slightly more money than the shade the lamp usually comes with. This simple swap will make a world of difference.

Dirty Windows

Spotty windows and dirt streaks can make your entire home fall flat, even if the interiors within are gorgeous. Regularly clean windows and screens to keep things sparkling, fresh, and full of light. For a reminder on window washing techniques, read tips from interior designer Estee Stanley.

Not having nice covers for your wall sockets

While it seems like a simple component to any room that likely often goes consciously unnoticed. When you don't have wall socket covers they stick out like a sore thumb. The opposite is true though of adding simple yet elegant socket covers to your home.The right socket cover can add that extra touch of refinement that tells your guests that you also pay attention to the smaller details. Adding new socket covers also is not only reasonably inexpensive, it is also easy to do yourself! You can find a wide variety at your local hardware store and give your house a tune up same day!

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