5 Easy Tips To Elevate Your Home’s Style

Step up your surroundings with these essential tips from interior design experts.


Home decor. Two words that strike fear and loathing in most guys. But with the start of a new year, there’s no better time to step up your surroundings. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your old furniture or just make some less costly changes, you don’t need to hire an interior designer to do it. It’s precisely the reason I founded toTree, a first-of-its-kind furniture shopping service.

Here, five tips from interior design experts that will improve anyone’s living space.

It All Starts With The Sofa

Skinny Fat sectional with bumper from BenchMade Modern – $8,276
(BenchMade Modern)

“There’s no more important piece of furniture than your sofa. Not only is it the focal point of your room; it’s the place where you relax, nap, eat and entertain. In addition to shape and style, make sure to consider the quality of materials and craftsmanship. It might be pricier than you initially imagined but think of a sofa as an investment that will not only look and feel great but will stand the test of time.” –Megan Torres, VP of Brand Management, BenchMade Modern

More Mirrors

Mirrors by Puddlepieces – Prices vary

“Don’t underestimate the value of mirrors. Not only can they give the illusion of more space and light, but many of today’s mirrors are crafted in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Unconventional curves, waves and geometric shapes are especially in-demand. Some simply add personality to a room while others can serve as a signature piece of art. For a progressive look, try several smaller mirrors on a single wall.” -Giovani Guadarrama, CEO & Founder, Puddle Pieces

Lean Back And Relax

Nilsen leather recliner from Room & Board – $2,999

“Looking for a piece of functional furniture that stands out? Consider a recliner. They’re not the clunky, overstuffed behemoths of the past. Leaner, lighter, and made with fine woods and leathers, these newer designs combine luxury and sophistication without sacrificing comfort. And they’ll compliment any style, from eclectic to minimalist.” -Jenon Bailie, Merchandising and Design Director, Room & Board

Add A Splash Of Color

Yakima camp blankets by Pendleton – $169-$239

“While most guys gravitate towards neutral tones, a little color can make your place pop. Plants, pillows, rugs, artwork and blankets can all brighten up the darkest of rooms. The best part? You don’t have to spend a fortune to see what works. Try laying a colored blanket over the foot of your bed or on the arm of your sofa. If you don’t love it, simply swap it out for something else.” -Lyndsey Fisher, Creative Director, toTree

Stay Ahead Of The Curve

Virk Black Queen Bed – $799

“The curvy, organically-shaped furniture trend is going to continue into 2023. Choose pieces and decor with soft shapes to create a more inviting, ‘stay-awhile’ space. As with natural settings, the play between textures, tones, and shapes creates an aesthetic that soothes, satisfies and remains timeless. Nature never goes out of style.” -Andrea Rathborne, Creative Director, Product Design at Article

Tim Struby is CEO & Founder of toTree. Use code MAXIM2023 for $100 off toTree’s services.