Home and living space should be comfortable, relaxing and a place you want to spend time in. But sometimes our decor can start to feel stale and a makeover may be needed. There are so many options for home decor, decorating and remodeling it can be daunting to get started. While you may not be in need of a full remodel, a quick refresh of your space can be a great change in your home. Here are some tips and tricks to make your home feel new again. These tips and tricks are cost effective, easy and make a big impact.
Paint to make the rooms feel bigger
Living rooms and bedrooms are often the spaces where people are looking to have more space, or at least make it look like there’s more space. Living rooms and bedrooms tend to have the largest pieces of furniture in them like beds, couches and dressers, so they are the quicker to feel cramped. But they also have the best natural light sources.
A great way to play with these characteristics is to refresh the room with paint. Dark colors tend to make a room feel much smaller than it actually is. By painting a room a lighter shade, it will immediately feel larger. Additionally, the walls are an easy thing to switch up. Paint is inexpensive and makes a huge impact on how a space looks and feels. Try painting your bedroom a lighter shade to switch up the feeling and make a big design impact.
Another great way to make a room feel larger is with mirrors. In general, mirrors are inexpensive and can be purchased in many different shapes and sizes and with different frames and looks. If your room has a limited natural light, a mirror is a great way to bring in some extra light and reflection. If they replaced near the windows, the natural light can be magnified.
In addition to adding light, they are an inexpensive alternative to expensive wall art or decor. Mirrors are also a timeless piece of decor. Sometimes people buy a bold piece of art or decor and after some time they are sick of how it looks or it falls out of fashion. Mirrors have been in style for ages and they likely will remain in style. They are a great design technique.
Mix up textures, colors and pattern
Switching up textiles and decor by adding new colors, patterns and textures are a great way to add some pizzaz to a space. Try mixing up some things by adding new items in styles you have never used.
Try mixing it up by placing a vintage piece next to a sleek, modern item. Mixing up items is a great way to express your personal style and items you have collected over the years. Part of interior design is making your unique pieces stand out and showcase what means to most to you. There’s no reason an antique family heirloom can’t coexist next to that modern piece you fell in love with while out shopping.
Try new fabrics, whether it be in furniture, rugs or pillows or jazz it up with new colors and patterns can bring warmth and texture into your living space. Love that zebra throw? Find a way to make it work. Pieces you love can always find a place in your home.
Slip into something new
Some people really dislike slipcovers, but they do have a lot of potential to spruce up a room. They serve a great purpose by not only protect your furniture but they can give a room and an entirely new look. An old couch can have a completely new look with a slipcover. The best part is that if you get sick of it, you can just take it off and try something new. It also makes your furniture so much more useable for everyday life. You can eat , spill, have your cat sit down or claws at a slipcover and have minimal damage to the actual furniture.
A slipcover can also be purchased in a pattern, bold color or even a new texture and they can make your decor change completely. It’s much more cost effective to grab a new slipcover here and there instead of buying new furniture all the time.
Treat your windows
Jazzing up your windows is another way to quickly and easily make your space have a different feel. Adding new curtains, drapes or even just pulls can give a totally new look and feel to a room. Breezy light curtains are perfect for the spring and summer months and darker shades can add a cozy feel for the fall and winter. They also come in many colors so they can quickly add an impact to your space.
Charlie Jones from Shuttercraft explains that shutters can be ordered in any color desired, with custom colored shutters being an ideal option for someone looking to personalize and modernize their home.
Shutters are another great option for windows. Depending on the style you pick, they can create a new look and design. Some shutters can give a beautiful feel, some can offer a more country and rustic look. There are so many options for your windows.
Shake it up with storage
A fun way to jazz up how your home looks are to give the things that hold other things a makeover. Many discount stores sell inexpensive baskets and boxes, which can give a bigger impact than you may think. They also can help cut back on clutter which can overwhelm a room and cause stress.
Wicker baskets and bins are generally inexpensive and add triage and style to any room. You can use them to display and organize so many things from magazines and books to toys, blankets and other sundry items. They can also be used in the kitchen or bathroom to store food items or pantry goods.
Use what you already have
Most of us have a lot of things already. Maybe take a look at them in a new light and see how what you already own can create a new look and feel to your home and it is free!
If you find a room is in need of some refreshing, take a look around your house and see what you already have. Maybe check out your storage area and see what treasures may be packed away.
Before you run to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, bowls and plates can be used as storage. Blankets, pillows and other textiles can have many uses as well.
Books that may have a more aesthetically pleasing look can be used as decor and liven up an area. Plates or funky fabrics can be hung on the wall to spruce up an area. There’s so much potential with what you already own. If you find that you want to declutter some things as well, try asking a friend or family member to do the same. Then, meet up and swap decor items. This is a great way for you both to decorate for free!
Add some green to your theme
Try to incorporate some plants to your living space. There are so many benefits to this. You can add them to any room and they not only add style but health. You can add a few or several and make your room look more relaxed and gorgeous overall. They can help keep your air clean and pure and balance out any humidity issues you may have. They can also absorb pollution and keep your air pure and healthy in a natural way.
There are so many kinds of plants from just some natural green foliage to a cactus, bonsai tree or ficus. You can also get certain flowering plants to thrive in your home. They add beauty, visual interest and health to your home. What’s not to love?
Jazz up bookcases or shelves
Add an instant pop of color by painting a piece of furniture in a bold color. This is a great option if you are a renter and you can’t paint or modify your walls. Something as simple as a bold colored bookshelf or table can make a huge impact to your room and it is relatively inexpensive to do.
Another fun option is covering the top of a desk or table with patterned contact paper. It comes in solid colors and even patterns and fun looks like wood or marble. If you are able to paint other areas, consider a fresh coat of paint on a fireplace, a closet door or even the ceiling. A super bold color can make a room have a totally different look. There are so many options and looks to try. You can get super creative with this and the possibilities are endless.
Liven it up with rugs, throws and more
Blankets and rugs add warmth, texture, color and personality to any room. If you have hardwood floors or even any other smooth type of floor, you can add a small carpet to liven up a space. A carpet adds a feeling of coziness to a room as well. A big cold floor can feel uninviting in some ways. Carpets not only add a great look and feel to a room but they protect your floor from damages, especially in high traffic areas and from pets or children.
Area rugs can be swapped with a reason or just as you tire of them They come in many different fabrics, patterns and textures so the possibilities are truly endless. Even if you have a wall-to-wall carpeted room, you can add a smaller rug on top of it to protect it and add visual interest. Carpets and throws are an excellent and cost friendly way to give your room a fresh feel.
Move what you’ve got
An easy way to make a room feel fresh is to simply move around your furniture. It can be a full room move or just reorganizing things you already have. In your bedroom, you can try moving the bed to a different part of the room or switching out a nightstand with a different table. In a living room, you can switch tables around the focal points or flip the room around entirely for a new feel. You never know what you’ll discover that works perfectly.
Go up and at em!
People often forget about vertical space when designing. There are many options to utilize vertical spaces like tall bookshelves or even hanging baskets and plants. Utilizing higher designs can help add some height and style which can also make a small space look larger. High ceilings are something many people want. You may not have them but you can give the illusion with high shelves or try a plant or decorative piece that hangs from the ceiling. There are also options for lighting like floor lamps that extend high and add some more visual interest as well.
Your home is your sanctuary. It is where you go to relax, unwind and make your best memories. You want it to be a place that you love to be and a place that people love to visit. A great way to make your space a place you love is by changing up the decor and look to always have an interesting space. There are so many ways to make your space look and feel special and many don’t require major home overhauls. A lot of these tips and tricks can be done with a simple trip to any major retailer.
As long as you are armed with some creativity and ideas under your belt, it’s possible to make any vision you may have into a reality. A lot of these suggestions are cost effective too, so you can have money for more. With each new season or time in your life comes a new chance to be creative and vamp up your space. The options are endless and your home is sure to feel new and refreshed in no time.
Perhaps you can even take the leftover funds and throw a party in your new and improved space!