Little details matter. If you want to make your space less boring, take out those outlet covers that came with your house and replace them with more visually-exciting variations, like wooden ones or those with ornate details.
Those tchotchkes may look like little more than clutter sitting around your home, but making them into mini collections and displaying similar items together can make your space more interesting without going full kitsch.
"Combining several small things with a few larger elements, like hurricane candle holders or simple potted plants, becomes an interesting collection that is meaningful to you," says Wiles.
While too many objects can make your home look cluttered, thoughtful culling and curation of your objects on display can create serious visual appeal.
"Stop filling every single nook, cranny, walkway, shelf, and table top with objects," says Pickens. "Empty space will make the objects that you do have 'pop' all that much more."
If you want to make a room look bigger and more cohesive in one fell swoop, anchor it with a large mirror. Since it reflects the space around it, Jamie Safier, a luxury real estate agent with Douglas Elliman in New York City, says a big mirror will open up the room and give the illusion of depth, even in a space with minimal square footage.
Sofas and chairs aren't the only way to add seating to your home. There's a less expensive and cozier option right in front of you: Floor cushions! Pickens says that adding these can "open up the ways and places that you can sit and relax."
Have a side table that's seen better days? Painting it with a few coats of high-gloss black paint can camouflage its flaws while making it look more au courant.
Gilded pieces have come a long way since the brass-heavy days of the 1980s. If you want a fresh take on gold décor, opt for brushed metal instead of the shiny stuff, and pair it with rich jewel-toned furniture and accent pieces.
A bright shade of yellow, red, green, blue, or even purple can really liven up a room. Pickens urges homeowners to not shy away from color. "I'm not saying that you should paint your walls fuchsia," he says. "But, certainly a fuchsia chair in the right spot might spice things up a bit."
A little whimsy goes a long way when it comes to making your house look more interesting. To achieve this look in your dining room, mix and match chairs in different styles, but with complementary tonal palettes.
Your identical door hardware might look consistent, but that can be a snooze. "Not everything in a house has to be so perfectly matching. Variety is a good thing," says Pickens. "Use different door hardware throughout the house—bonus if you can find some cool antique ones."