When purchasing new furniture stick to neutral tones. Neutral colored pieces will stand the test of time & easily integrate with most decorative schemes. If your adamant & not willing to steer clear of color go for something navy or a dusky shade of green. Dabble in delight through a medley of designs by adding excitement with pillows & throws. Meanwhile in a few years when you tire of the look, the cost of replacing those few extra cushions are less likely to make you cringe or cry compared to the purchase of a new couch.
The light fixtures in your home play a sizable role in keeping your home up to date. Aside from casting that much needed glow, a well chosen fixture will add character & charm, as well as create visual interest. Be sure to take the time to stroll into a store, that specializes in lighting for your home. The overall selection will be all the much greater & they often have great sales to. Ensure the color of both your switches & receptacles are uniform & consistent throughout. As an interior designer I usually opt for classic white but again just keep it consistent. Lastly consider the addition of a dimmer, to multiple key areas in your home. A dimmer will permit brightness control giving you the option to alter a rooms mood & produce added ambiance for any occasion.
Lush leafy plants are another great way to add style & flair to your home. Naturally rich in color, texture & depth, living plants genuinely soften a room & establish a welcoming tone. Just be sure to not go overboard with plants or the look can become tacky instead of invigorating & fresh. Visit your local greenhouse & marvel in delight at the abundance of plant varieties suitable for your home.