Revive your home decor without spending a lot of money. Here are some ideas.
About this time of year we all get a bit restless with our home decor. Everything just looks a little blah. You could launch into a big redecorating project if that’s what’s needed. But making some simple decorating changes can change your perspective and give your morale a boost. Here are 12 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home Decor Inexpensively.
12 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Home Decor Inexpensively
Rearrange Your Furniture
You can use graph paper and templates (like THIS and/or THIS), and try out different layouts on paper. Or you can get some furniture sliders (HERE) and start pushing pieces around. (It’s amazing how much less muscle work is needed with these handy things)
Try some furniture pieces at an angle, arrange them around a different focal point, put your sofa where your chairs were, or switch your loveseat and sofa. I even switched up the furniture in whole rooms, turning my dining room into my living room. I must have really needed a change that year! The point is…just do something different. It will give you a new perspective, and be a fun change.
Swap Up Your Lamps
If you’ve got pairs of lamps (which I totally recommend), swap them with lamps in a different room. I have a pair of green glass lamps in my living room and a pair of clear crystal lamps in our bedroom. I regularly swap them to get different looks in different seasons.
You could also switch up lampshades to get a different seasonal look. Try a different color or have fun with a patterned shade. A more matte shade will look cozier while a more see through shade will be lighter and brighter. It can change the ambiance of your room very quickly.
Rotate Coffee and Side Tables
Do you have a coffee table in your living room and your family room, or maybe in a sitting room? How about switching them? You can do the same with your side tables. Think about all the furniture pieces in your whole house and look at them with new possibility. It’s so easy to get in the rut of looking at the same pieces in the same room. Try your tables in a different room, in a new spot!
Hang Fresh Window Treatments
Clip Rings (get them HERE) make switching up your window treatments so simple. Ready-made panels in all patterns and colors are a great way to get a whole new look to your room (or find vintage ones at the thrift store). Do the math and aim for the fabric to be twice the width of the window, so they’re full enough. If they’re too long, don’t be afraid to hem them up, or let them puddle for a romantic look.
Get a New Area Rug
If your wall to wall carpet is looking a little tired, why not cover it up with a fresh, new area rug? Much more inexpensive than recarpeting. You can try a fun pattern, introduce new accent colors and vary the look of the whole room. Area Rugs are a great way to anchor a room’s furniture and pull a whole room together.
Feature Seasonal Pillows and Throw Blankets
Switching up your pillow covers with seasonal colors and images is an easy way to jump into a new season. You can easily make DIY versions out of thrifted pieces and create your own custom look. Throw blankets can be found secondhand at thrift stores inexpensively and can give your room a seasonal switch in a snap!
It’s so easy to find furniture pieces secondhand. From local swap and shop sites, to Facebook marketplace, to online auctions and thrift stores; People are always getting rid of furniture and accessories. A “new to you” piece can be just the shot in the arm your room needs. Bringing in a new piece or a couple can make your room feel new again!
Unleash the Power of Paint
Paint is fairly inexpensive and has the power to change a whole room! Whether you paint an accent wall, a whole room, or even a piece of furniture. In a couple hours or a couple of days that new color will freshen up your home beautifully. Be warned…once you get started, you may be eyeing other areas in your home.
Try New Hardware
New knobs and new handles on furniture, or even on your kitchen or bathroom cupboards can give a whole new look. Try a different metal, a different shape, or a new texture. New hardware can give an update quite quickly!
Live or faux plants can give a room a boost of life. Why not try a new form you’ve never had before? A hanging plant with macrame can be fun; all you need is a hook in the ceiling. Or how about a floor plant, or a tree form? The type of plant you choose can update your look and be a fun way to try something a little different.
Try Different Wall Art
Hanging vintage architectural pieces as wall art is a fun, flexible way of decorating. Hang something unexpected as art. You can hang it alone or switch up what you hang on it. Add seasonal foliage, a fun garland, or hang art on top of it.
Check out more ideas in “Best Ideas for Using Vintage Architectural Salvage in Your Decor”.
Display a Collection
Decorating with a favorite collection is a fun way to enjoy your finds. Why not create a display and use them in a room where you wouldn’t normally use them? Silver coffee servers can look pretty in the bedroom or bathroom; dishes don’t have to be limited to where you eat. If you have a favorite hobby, create a display of those items in a room where you can enjoy them. Override those “decorating rules” you probably have in your head, and try something new!
Is your head spinning with ideas? I hope so! It’s easy to revive your home decor without spending a lot of money. You just need a little creativity and to push aside those “you’ve always done it that way” habits. Once you get started, you can unleash the new ideas on every room in your house!
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