The onset of winter and hours spent indoors can leave any homeowner itching to give a room or two in their house a redo. If a full-on face lift isn’t in your budget, there are still plenty of ways you can perk up a room for very little cash. In fact, some of these solutions don’t cost anything at all.
When it comes to home decor, painting a room is like an instant face-lift. But if you want to go just one step beyond a simple fresh coat, look to paint your ceiling as well.
Make a room really pop by matching white or light colored walls with a rich hue up above. Or, if you’re looking to create a cozy environment, opt for going monochromatic in a calming color like this sweet pale blue sitting room.
It’s so easy to get stuck in your ways when it comes to furniture arrangement. But moving everything around to a new location is the cheapest way to make a room feel brand new.
Make the task as painless as possible. Map out ideas before you start and be open to getting rid of well-loved pieces that may not have a home in the new layout. Don’t be afraid to place furniture in interesting angles or to use a bookcase to divide the room into separate spaces.
Decorate with Plants
Instantly up your eco-friendliness by placing an oversized houseplant in one area of the room. Pick something with a really interesting shape, like this fiddle-leaf fig, to serve as a living sculpture.
Change Lamp Shades
Switching out your lamp shades is such a simple act, but it can make a huge difference when it comes to the mood of your room. Brighten it up with a lighter colored shade. Or add a bit of personality by choosing a pretty patterned piece.
Instantly make your kitchen and bathroom feel brand new by changing out old hardware on cabinets, drawers and doors, for something with a little more pizazz like this bejeweled knob.
Change Window Treatments
Tired window treatments can bring a whole room down. Adding a valance can instantly change the look of plain blinds or shades. While, replacing drab curtains with a big, bold print, like these mod black and white drapes, can turn a simply styled room into a place with major personality.
If you’re in a time crunch, don’t worry. You don’t need to employ all six tips to transform a space. One or two is enough to make you feel like you’ve got a brand new room.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown