Hacks to increase home style stakes

Findings made in the 2018 Financial Services Royal Commission mean Australians will have less borrowing power than before. 

Key piece: A striking sideboard such as this from Manapan furniture will outlast trends. Designer looks like this mean you don't need as many pieces to create an impact.

Key piece: A striking sideboard such as this from Manapan furniture will outlast trends. Designer looks like this mean you don't need as many pieces to create an impact.

As banks tighten their lending practices amid new regulations and a bruising royal commission, potential home owners will be facing a decreased lending capacity.

This means many Australian’s will have to settle for a home that’s not quite as nice as they would have liked. 

But never fear, home decorators.

With a few easy hacks, there are some simple ways you can get creative inside your home and do more with less – turning your not-so-nice home into the envy of all your mortgage-stressed friends. 

Embrace minimalism 

Minimum fuss: You can look stylish on less by embracing the minimalist trend.

Minimum fuss: You can look stylish on less by embracing the minimalist trend.

This trend is a saviour to many home decorators. The idea that you need less to make your home seem more is a great one when you have to pull in the decorating purse strings. 

The key to this look is creating space.

However it’s important to maintain just enough space. Mass expanses of nothing is not the intention here.

The purpose of this trend is to create a space that tells a story with minimal words.

Focus on key pieces of furniture and one or two decor pieces, rather than an eclectic jumble of things. 

This type of decorating is less expensive as less is needed to fill the spaces.

Invest in key pieces 

So yes.

This article is about spending less to create more.

But this hack is about spending more to create less. 

Confused? 

Let me explain. 

Chain stores are a great way to fill your home with goods that look designer without the price tag.

However, you’ll probably find that over time, these pieces will look dated and perhaps a little rough around the edges.

Investing in one or two key pieces will ensure you’re able to change up those chain store and market finds and still maintain the presence of opulance. 

Go for something prominent – a rug, a lounge or a highly visible, large piece of furniture.

Allow it to be the hero of the space.

Decorate around it with cheaper, on trend pieces with the intention that these pieces won’t last – but the designer piece will.

Check out unique suppliers for pieces that really sing in your space. 

Suppliers such as Manapan Furniture create beautiful pieces that are sure to become conversation starters.

The NT based collaboration between Australia’s best furniture designers and the craftspeople of Milingimbi Island Arnhem Land Northern Territory results in stand-out pieces that don’t need any embellishment.

Find pieces that are superior in both quality and their ability to out-last trends to save long-term. 

Get a bit arty

Large scale art is perfect for that expensive designer look. 

You can achieve this on a budget with online art outlets, where you can get prints relatively cheap. 

The expense comes in with framing.

So it’s important to try and save here too.

Large discount stores have a variety of shapes and mounts available. 

Stick to one unifying colour for frames and remember to maintain a minimilist look.

Use plenty of white space surrounding the artwork to stay on the designer trend.