Everyone loves a home that feels warm and inviting - it's the place we retreat to after a long day of work, where we spend our free time and eventually raise families. But if you're looking for some modern design inspiration, you've come to the right place. And don't worry: it won't cost you an arm and a leg or require any major renovations.

Steps for better home design

1. Use lots of color

When your home is all one color (be it beige, white or grey), it tends to look like a sterile hospital ward rather than someone's cozy abode. If there isn't something bold on the walls, give small items like vases or throw pillows bright pops of color to liven the place up. If that's still not enough, bring out a bright rug for an additional pop of color.

2. Clean as you go

Cleaning as you go is one of those simple tips that saves so much time and energy later on. Make it a habit to clean up after meals , put away clothing as soon as they come out of the dryer, and wipe up spills immediately instead of waiting until they're baked into carpets and bedsheets (and if you're anything like me, your cleaning tendencies will only get more lax during that time).

3. Get rid of clutter

The first step to decluttering is deciding which items you simply don't use anymore – then give away or sell them on Craigslist or eBay. Then, go through the rooms in your house and weed out anything else that doesn't have a place in there. If you can't figure out where to put it, ask yourself if you really need an item in your home at all.

4. Use furniture wisely

Furniture is not just something to sit on or walk around – when used correctly, they're also design elements that add shape and color to a room. Place larger furniture items against walls , which makes a room feel more spacious and balanced instead of cramped and lopsided. Make sure every wall has access to a power outlet , too - nothing's more frustrating than getting down with Netflix only to realize you can't even plug your laptop in!

5. Leave the walls open

If you're feeling stuck with your living room or bedroom layout, try rearranging the furniture to give the entire space a totally new feel. Almost every piece of furniture can be moved around (and many can even be converted into storage), so go ahead and have some fun with it! A few pieces just might inspire you to move on from that beige sofa.

6. Add some gray

I know what you're thinking: aren't grays the color of dirty laundry? In reality, they don't have to look drab at all - especially if paired with pops of bright colors . Grey is a great backdrop for anything from football games on Sundays to movie nights on Fridays because it's subtle enough not to overwhelm the rest of your space.

7. Add some art

A gallery wall is a great way to bring in color and shape, and it's incredibly easy to do: just choose five to 10 pieces that you love and group them together on the wall. Framed posters work just as well as original paintings or museum pieces, so don't feel intimidated - just pick things that speak to you!

8. Take advantage of lighting

Lighting can completely change the atmosphere of any room (even if it isn't "theatrical" lighting like you'd find in a professional setting), so make sure you're using all types: overhead lights , lamps , floor lamps – even candles . And whatever type of lightbulb you use, make sure you're not overwhelmed by one light source: spread out your lighting as much as possible to create balance and avoid harsh shadows.

9. Add some greenery

There's a reason they say "grass is always greener on the other side" – it just looks good! Whether it's a potted plant on the windowsill or a houseplant in the corner, a few green leaves here and there brighten up any room immensely.

10. Add some color with accessories

Throw pillows , art prints , vases – all of these home goods are inexpensive ways to add color throughout your rooms, whether you choose bright ones or more muted tones . When shopping for rugs , look for smaller versions that fit your style - a bright red one can add a lot of energy to a space, but a black rug is less jarring and goes with just about any color scheme.

Final thoughts: giving your home a makeover is all about small tweaks over time - so there's no need to stress if you aren't completely satisfied with your home after the first day! These ten design tricks are simple enough for anyone to do at any level of experience, and they'll give your living space an instant shot in the arm in no time.