There’s nothing worse than getting home after a stressful day, sitting on your bland couch, and staring at the same blank wall you’ve had since you moved in. Decorating seems like a fun, easy way to brighten your life, but most of us know that a well-designed home is hard to come by. Thankfully, there are some super easy ways to brighten your space and gain the best compliment of all: “Did you pay someone to decorate?”
1. Paint Your Walls
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your living area is to change the color of your walls. If you want a relaxed, cozy environment, try a darker grey color. If you’re in the mood for a light, airy sanctuary, go for lighter, blue-toned colors that open the space. You’d be surprised at the effect a color change can have on your mood. Figure out whether you’d like dark, grand colors, or a feather-light breath of fresh air; grab a can of paint at your local hardware store and get to work!
2. Change Your Floor Plan
In many cases, we don’t think about our floor plans as essential to the overall design of our homes. However, simply moving around the furniture you already own can make a dramatic difference in your living areas.
Consider your bedroom: is your bed pushed against the wall? Facing the door? In the middle of the room? Try making the bed the focal point of your room to emphasize the fact that the bedroom is a place for sleep. If you also work in your bedroom, try splitting up the space so you have a clear distinction between work and rest.
Create natural dividers in your rooms by pivoting chairs and tables so they focus in on the center of the intended space, and you will find the flow of the room much more appealing.
3. Create a Gallery Wall
One of the easiest ways to fill in a blank wall is creating a gallery wall. If you have a bunch of family pictures and art that you aren’t sure how to style, begin by picking one wall in your house that is seen daily. Cut out pieces of paper that match the frames of about 8-10 pictures that match thematically: Try picking pictures that have colors or themes in common. Next, place the pieces of paper in different arrangements on the wall until you find an organization that satisfies you. Replace the pieces of paper with your hung pictures, and you will have a beautiful gallery wall your friends will envy.
4. Invest in Personalized Art
A great way to bring a “Wow” factor to your decoration is to invest in some personalized pieces. By styling something that was obviously handmade or made specifically for you, whether that’s a figurine on a bookshelf or a pencil drawing on the wall, you create a great conversation point.
In addition, when you walk by the piece, you get an instant reminder of the experience and memory that artwork instills. If you don’t have direct contact with an artist, don’t worry, the internet is a great place to commission artists for anything you have in mind. Try looking up your aesthetic among online communities, or via commissioning websites like Instapainting, and you’re sure to come up with a piece that carries fond memories and a great sense of style.
5. Plants, Plants, and More Plants
Finally, simply buying some inexpensive houseplants will automatically ramp your home to the next level. Plants bring in natural colors, a homey feel, and they purify your air to boot. Place large leaf plants on shelves to allow tendrils to droop off the sides. Put tall, straight ferns next to side tables to accentuate natural wood or light colors. If nothing else, buy a small succulent and feel the difference a live plant can make in your décor.