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Jiffy's Guide to Interior Design

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Just moved into a fixer-upper, or looking to redecorate an outdated room in your current home? At Jiffy Steamer, we love beautiful interiors almost as much as we love making the best clothes steamers in the world! We have plenty of experience in home improvement projects, thanks to the versatility of our steam solutions. Whether you're looking for some quick changes, or aspire to totally transform your space, these are the tips that professional designers swear by.

Choose colors carefully.

Before you start redecorating, you need to pick the right color scheme to build your design around. For smaller rooms, a lighter color can help make the space appear larger. You'll want to stay away from dark walls or overly vibrant colors, as they can easily overwhelm the room and make it seem even smaller. But don't be afraid to go a bit bolder if you've got a bigger space to work with! Painting your ceiling a shade that's lighter than the walls can keep the room feeling brighter and more open, even with a darker wall paint. If the room has old or unsightly wallpaper, don't just paint over it! Remove wallpaper quickly and easily with your Jiffy steamer first so that your paint adheres properly and doesn't peel.

Work with the space you've got.

If you have a room with lower ceilings, you can fake height by putting in low furniture and hanging your curtains at ceiling height, rather than right above the window frame. Large mirrors can also make a room appear bigger, especially if you can place them across from a window to reflect the natural light.

For living rooms and other highly trafficked rooms, choose furniture that goes with the color scheme and that you can trust to last for a long time. In other words, don't buy that spotless white sofa if you know that kids and pets are going to be frequently climbing all over it! Slipcovers can be an excellent solution for a spill-prone household, and they allow you to change the color of your furniture according to the season if you like to keep things fresh. Large, cushy throw pillows can also add a pop of color and a touch of luxe to a room. Fortunately, you can always use your Jiffy for upholstery care to help preserve your pieces.

Don't be afraid to show your personality!

Pick a focal point, whether it's a piece of artwork, a gallery wall, an investment piece or something else entirely. Simply find something you love that's uniquely you, and build your room around it.

If you can't find just one piece you want to showcase, open shelving is a current trend that can be both beautiful and functional and is a great option for displaying your personality. Got a green thumb? Fill them with potted succulents and indoor plants. Music lover? Album covers can be an inexpensive way to show off your excellent taste and add a little flair to a room. Just don't be afraid to trust your own style instincts. After all, it's your home!

Remember the little details.

Even making a few small, seemingly superficial tweaks to a room can completely transform the overall vibe. If you're redesigning your kitchen, try mixing and matching your dishes with colors from your scheme and display them on shelves or a table setting to add a playful touch. If you feel like a room is bland, a dramatic light fixture is a quick change that can liven up the space. Try going classic with an elegant chandelier, or modern with trendy Edison bulbs. For cabinets, armoires and drawers, replacing the pulls or handles is a cheap solution to changing the look of the piece.

Another, more involved option for changing the feel of a room is removing or replacing the carpet. Lucky for you, Jiffy's clothing steamers also make carpet installation a breeze. Don't want to carpet an entire room? Area rugs can soften hardwood floors and create a warmer vibe within a room.

These basic principles and tips should get you started on the path to creating a gorgeous space, even if you don't have any prior experience in interior design. There's no need to hire a professional designer as long as you adhere to the principles and trust your gut! If you already have a Jiffy of your own, you know how it can make almost any DIY project easier. Don't have one yet? We can guarantee that investing in a personal steamer for your home will help you to both improve and maintain the beauty of your space! Find out where to buy a steamer near you, or shop our clothes steamers online today. (One last tip! For a limited time, use code EDUCATION at checkout for 15% off your order!)