New Year, New Look: Quick & Easy Interior Design Tips
Why not pledge to do knock one of those lingering home improvement plans off of your to-do list? A home makeover is the perfect way to start 2018 right!
With the new year underway, we find ourselves right on the cusp of the New Year’s resolution bubble. If you haven’t chosen a 2018 resolution, there is still time. But this year, instead of pledging to get back in shape, why not pledge to do knock one of those lingering home improvement plans off of your to-do list? A home makeover is the perfect way to start 2018 right!
Interior Design Tips for Your Home Makeover
If you think you have to spend thousands of dollars and completely remodel your home to make an impact, think again. “Small changes can have a big impact,” says Jennifer Beeler, Southern Living. It’s all about working smarter – not harder.
"Small, inexpensive decorating projects can freshen up your living space and create a whole new ambiance."
“Small, inexpensive decorating projects can freshen up your living space and create a whole new ambiance,” says Wise Bread, US News.
A Splash of Color
“Most decorators will say that a fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to makeover your home,” says Beeler. It’s also pretty affordable. In 2014, Angie’s List members reported paying an average of $448 per room for interior painting, with an average gallon of paint between $15 and $30. However, if you are still looking for something on the more affordable end of the home improvement spectrum, “try painting just the doors or even the molding for a quick update,” says Beeler. “Not only does this take less time and money, but it can also add a focal point to the room if you use an eye-catching color.”
Of course, it is always important to have a plan, which is why Boston-based interior designer Gary McBournie recommends coming up with a basic color scheme for the whole house.
“I take that from room to room,” says McBournie. “It plays itself out in different ways in different rooms.”
The right furniture can make or break a room. But replacing your furniture in search of a new look or feel can be pretty pricey. Instead, consider a couple of these affordable options:
- Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Upgrades: “This can include anything from switching out the knobs and pulls to repainting an old piece to make it seem brand new,” says Beeler. For very little money, you can completely transform your furniture into something new and exciting.
- A Different Point of View: “Really work on designing your spaces to optimize each room’s flow and feeling,” says Adrienne Breaux, Apartment Therapy. Simply rearranging your furniture can be all you need to give a room a nice refresh. “A quick switch can dramatically alter the look and feel of a room by changing the flow and the focal point,” says Beeler. You can even try moving a couple pieces of furniture to new locations throughout your home.
As the old saying goes, it’s the little things that count. And when it comes to interior design, that means wall decorations. What you put on your walls can have a big impact on the overall look of a room. So, it’s important to be strategic. Try a couple of these ideas for decor that pulls double duty:
- Strategic Shelving: Shelving is great because it can serve so many purposes. For starters, the right shelving is its own interior design element. Then there is how you use your new shelf. “Hanging shelves and wall shelves can pull double-duty,” says Bread, “serving as a piece of decor and also having functional purposes.”
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Mirrors are another excellent option for homeowners, especially when decorating a small room. This is because mirrors not only look great, but they also help give a room the illusion of additional space. “If you can’t afford to shell out much cash for a room expansion, add some mirrors to different wall spaces to reflect light,” says Bread. “Strategically placed mirrors can make a small area much larger,” says Bread.
- Wall Hooks: “Wall hooks can be pretty cheap (often cheaper than shelves) and though they themselves are small, they have the ability to host larger elements that can become a part of your decor, namely fashion,” says Beaux. “Don’t be afraid to hang your functional clothing and accessories in ways that add to your decor (and save on storage).” And some hooks can even be pretty visually appealing on their own.
A Touch of Nature
“One of the easiest things you can do to freshen up your home is to add fresh flowers, branches, and even leaves from your own yard,” says Beeler. “It’s inexpensive and fun!” Something as simple as a seasonal centerpiece, a fresh bouquet of flowers on an end table, or a new potted plant in the corner can really change the look of a room. And don’t be afraid to mix and match. “Plants — especially when they’re different sizes — can make a space look so much livelier,” says Alanna Okun, Buzzfeed.
“Whether its elegant draperies, Roman shades, or a simple swatch of fabric, every window needs the perfect compliment,” says Caroline Picard, House Beautiful.
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