Having a magazine quality home can be too much too handle, especially if you and your family truly LIVE in your home. However, you can add some charm with the furniture you choose, fabrics you use and little touches that will give your home your own personal style.
Perfect Little Prints - Adding a patterned wallpaper or fabric in small, unexpected areas can add charm to your space. It gives a plain room a bit of personality.
Fantastic Fabrics - Whatever fabrics you use, use quality, luxurious ones. Even if your style is rustic, splurge on a well made curtain, or the fabric on your couch or maybe a really wonderful throw for guests to snuggle up with. If the budget is too tight to have really good fabrics everywhere, use ones that LOOK expensive, but aren't. Then maybe as the kids grow up or as you can, add some more quality fabrics.
Keep it Curvy - Use some curvy or round pieces furniture or accessories to break up all the square and angled pieces in your home. Curves add romance and whimsy. If special, more curvy romantic furniture is a no no right now, add a rounded mirror or side table or other whimsical, curvy accessories.
Layers of Softness - From the floor up, add comfort pieces such as a cushy or soft rug, fluffy pillows on the sofa, or romantic sheers on the windows. Don't forget the wonderful throws and blankets to snuggle in at night. Using soft colors also will add softness to a space.
Glam it Up - Add a tiny bit of drama. Have some frills like tassels, pom poms and lace, or add some bling with something shiny or crystal like pieces. A little bit of feminine touch will give a space charm.
Charm isn't gender specific. You can customize any of these tips to suit the room you are decorating and for the people who use the space. After all, it's not all for your guests. It's for you and your family!