Everyone loves to visit model homes, design centers and showrooms. You get to see and touch and experience a home you probably don’t think that you could live in – but you can!

While living in an ultra-designed home may not be on your cup of tea, you can use some designer “tricks of the trade” to create memorable – and welcoming – spaces in your home.

Make a statement with furnishings, art, and accessories. Regardless of its design, your home should reflect the family that lives there!

The Kitchen. While today’s kitchens tend to be heavy on large stainless steel appliances, you can soften things up a bit with warm wood tables, plush area rugs, and cool colors like blues and greys.

The Family Room. Usually the heart of the home, the family room should be comfortable for sleep-overs and movie nights. This room needs: comfortable sofas and chairs, fluffy pillows and throws, durable floor coverings, and personal touches like family pix or kid art on the walls.

The Master Bedroom. Next to the family room, the master bedroom is probably the most common family hub. This space should be your oasis. Choose serene colors, nice fabrics, an upholstered headboard – anything that can help you find some peace and quiet while snuggling in your bed!

The Master Bath. The bathroom is a great way to give yourself some luxury. Elegant materials like marble and onyx, offset with cool blues and greens, can make your master bath feel like it’s in a 4-star hotel.

The Kids’ Space. Children have obsessions – racecars, comic books, outer space, Barbie dolls, Harry Potter. Gather one or two special items that feed into their fixation – posters, pillows, area rugs – and balance them with some neutrals so it doesn’t get too overwhelming.

The Nursery. Who says everything has to be drowning in pastels? Go for charm and elegance with sophisticated neutrals (grays and beiges), and add a little sparkle with crystal light fixtures and custom wall art.