Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Keep Your Home Looking Its Best

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Keep Your Home Looking Its Best

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THE unexpected guest dropping over has had us all shoving mess into the nearest cupboard, drawer or even under the sofa.

As we swear under our breath and promise to embrace Scandi minimalism and read up on feng shui, here's nine tips that you can easily use to boost your living space.

UNMADE BEDS

IT MAY make you think of your mother's advice, but an unmade bed can bring down an entire room. MyDomaine revealed that a properly made bed makes the right first impression -- and not just on guests but on yourself when you return home.

It makes the room feel relaxing and gives off a positive vibe, so it's worth adding a few extra minutes to your day to make sure it's done.

And if you're a fan of cushions and spreads, but find it takes too long to make up in the morning, simplify it.

CLUTTER

THIS is something we're all guilty of, but it can really make a space feel unwelcoming.

If there's too much going on it can make your house feel smaller and chaotic.

Take some time each day to clear and streamline the areas that get most crowded, for example the coffee table or a desk.

FLUORESCENT LIGHT

YOU may not have given a second thought to your light bulb -- or even know which ones you have -- but fluorescent lighting should be avoided.

The harsh light can make your space -- and guests -- washed out.

Switch to a softer, warmer glow to help your home look more inviting.

VERTICAL BLINDS

ANOTHER one you may have never given a second thought to, but vertical blinds are a big no-no.

They evoke nursing homes, hospitals and other functional buildings. If you're renting, it can be hard to avoid or remove them.

But MyDomaine recommends boxing in the rail, or putting curtains in front of the blinds to disguise them.

WIRES

ANOTHER one of modern life's fixtures, wires seem to everywhere. …

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