Skip to content
📢 Enjoy 50% OFF all DIY products + FREE Assembly! 🌟
📢 Enjoy 50% OFF all DIY products + FREE Assembly! 🌟
Must-Know Home Styling Tips For New and Old Homeowners

Must-Know Home Styling Tips For New and Old Homeowners

Embarking on the journey of home styling can be both exciting and daunting, whether you're settling into a new abode or revitalising your longtime sanctuary.

In this article, we've gathered essential tips from experienced homeowners to guide you through the process. From small tweaks to transformative changes, these insights are tailored to help both new and old homeowners create spaces that truly feel like home.

1. Stick To Complementary Colours (@ochre.home)

When incorporating multiple wood tones in one space, it’s important to stick to tones that fall within the same colour scheme (either warm or cool). For example, dark walnut wood can be paired with teak or oak, all of which have a red/yellow undertone, while grey-toned wood can be paired with black coloured reclaimed teak for their similar blue-grey undertone.

Sticking to only one wood colour for all furniture pieces can seem like an easy way to keep a consistent look, but can also look flat and one dimensional. Playing with multiple complementing wood tones can elevate a space by giving it more visual interest and depth.


2. Use Lighting to Accentuate Wooden Bookshelves (@sangreenhaus)

Lighting is crucial in interior design, greatly influencing the appeal of your space. It can transform a room, highlight features and create the right ambiance. This applies particularly to furniture like wooden bookshelves, where well-placed lights can enhance their design and elegance.

To illuminate wooden bookshelves effectively, consider using small, portable light sources such as lamps or magnetic strip lights. These versatile options offer easy installation and flexibility, perfect for showcasing your book collection and decor.

Here’s how you can use strip lights to accentuate the beauty of your wooden bookshelves:

  1. Highlight Texture and Grain: Showcase the intricate patterns of your shelves by placing strip lights along edges or behind them. This emphasises the natural grain of the wood, adding depth and visual interest.
  2. Create Depth and Dimension: Play with lighting angles to create an illusion of spaciousness and depth. By positioning strip lights at different heights, you can generate shadows and highlights, giving your shelves a three-dimensional look.
  3. Enhance Focal Points: Wooden bookshelves often serve as focal points in rooms. Illuminate them strategically to draw attention to specific areas or items, like books or decorative pieces, creating an eye-catching display.
  4. Set Ambiance and Mood: Lighting influences the atmosphere of a room. Soft, warm lighting can create a cosy environment, perfect for relaxation, while brighter lights can energise the space for productivity.

In summary, thoughtful lighting can significantly enhance the beauty of wooden bookshelves, making them standout features in your home decor.

3. Warm Your Home Up (@teohomies)

Styling your home isn’t just done over one or two days. In fact, it's an ongoing process.

Our home is actually a white canvas. And I really meant white in the literal sense because we opted to paint all our walls white. Our initial idea for our home was white and grey but when we saw the final outcome, we found that our home was kind of "cold".

So let us share how you can warm your home up!

#1: Warm coloured furnishing

The cream coloured sofa and curtain brought out the kind of cosy feeling that we wanted to have in our home. Big framed arts in neutral colours were placed above our sofa to spruce up the white wall.


#2: Add wood element

We overlaid our floor tiles with wood-designed vinyl. Also, our Geo Table from Timber Actually is another wood furniture that warms this very corner of our home.

#3: Have a little green corner

We never expected ourselves to be plant addicts. But after getting a pot or two, we realised how it made our home look more lively and we kept bringing more pots of plants home.


If you're in the midst of renovating or styling your home, do consider our tips if you’re looking for a warm and cosy home!

4. Upcycle And Repurpose Old Furniture (@nurfish)

Old furniture can always be upcycled and repurposed to breathe new life into an interior space. Not all pieces need to be brand new. 

Take for instance, we have a corner of our home office where we repurposed our son's old convertible toddler bed into adorable kiddie sofas for work and play – all we did was just add some cushions and threw a blanket over them to make it cosy.

And that stunning Mahogany Geo Table? Its exquisite wood grain enhances the space's natural beauty, evident even amidst the playful marks left by our kids. The warmth it brings blends perfectly with the greenery of our potted plants. 

For those without green thumbs, faux plants offer the same vibrancy and can serve as versatile accents, softening areas and adding character. 

Let's continue to reimagine our spaces with creativity and sustainability in mind. #UpcycledLiving #SustainableDecor

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Express Yourself Fully (@ourkozykorner)

Don’t be afraid to play with colours, contrasts, textures, and materials. This is especially true even if you’re looking at a white/wood themed home, like us!

Layering textures will give your space a lot more depth and character. There’s no right or wrong then it comes to styling your home - it’s an expression of your personality 🙂

6. Personalise Your Space (@street.sixtyone)

When styling your home, gather references and consult experts, especially if it's your first time. Avoid hastily deciding on a theme as your preferences might not neatly fit into one category. Explore your likes and dislikes, such as preferences for curtains versus blinds or vinyl versus tiles. You should also consider unique factors like countertop height for tall individuals and the impact of grout colour on tile aesthetics!


One example we remember clearly was when we requested for a kitchen island and how almost every interior designer said it was impossible. Now, it’s the most used space in our home!

Craft Your Dream Home With Quality Wood Furniture

In conclusion, styling your home is not just about aesthetics; it's about creating a space that reflects your personality, comforts your soul, and welcomes you with open arms every day. 

With the right guidance and a touch of creativity, transforming your living space can be a fulfilling and rewarding endeavour. And if you're in search of quality wood furniture to complement your newly styled home, look no further than Timber Actually's online store. 

Browse their selection of wooden benches and coffee tables to add a touch of warmth and elegance to your living space. Here's to creating a home that truly feels like your own!

Previous article The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Shelf For Your Home
Next article 10 Best Wood For Outdoor Furniture [+ Maintenance Tips]

Leave a comment

Comments must be approved before appearing

* Required fields