Making your home beautiful doesn’t mean a major overhaul all the time. In the first place, it’s a creative project. Meaning, it’s supposed to bring out the fun and resourcefulness in you, not suck the life out of you and your pocket. If you’re looking to spruce up your house with little to no cost, but with much enjoyment and satisfaction, try these simple tweaks:
Switch to a new color scheme.
The hues in your interiors serve many purposes. It offers visual interest. It creates a mood in the room. It highlights certain elements. So when you change up your color scheme, you’re going to touch on a lot of things, which can make for a newer look or flavor. That said, if you’ve been staring at white walls and furniture for years, perhaps it’s time to switch to a bolder, more vivid palette. If you’re worried that it won’t go well, start with just one part of your home. Like, the reading nook or the attic. Treat it as a test project. If it works, then consider doing it in other spaces. If it doesn’t, then you have a room or two that’s unique from the rest of the home. Do the same in your house exterior. Perhaps start with your door. It’s often the focal point so a touch-up on its color won’t be a problem. Or you can also spruce up the windows. Add some brightly-colored shutters or retractable window awnings. These tweaks can make a massive difference in the curb appeal.
Move design pieces.
Sometimes, just the simple rearrangement of pieces in your home can refresh its look. Consider finding a new focal point where your furnishings can reorient to. If you’ve outgrown the fireplace as the ‘star’ of the room, perhaps it’s time to highlight the large windows with garden views. Move your furniture towards that sight. As for your fireplace area, bring in a lounge or a wingback accent chair to create a meditation nook. With the room divided into two zones, it will render a different look and atmosphere. As for the outside of your home, if possible, consider moving your front porch bench opposite from where it is now so you can take advantage of other views or create a more intimate conversation space. Or, you can also move the position of your large, tall planters. When before they’re near your front door, you can place them in the pathway leading up to your porch. You may need to add more planters for that lined-up effect.
Declutter, declutter, declutter.
Sprucing up the look and feel of the home entails not just introducing new things, but getting rid of the old ones. Look around each corner in your home and see which ones you can take off. In the walls, are there too many art pieces? Photos? Trinkets? In your floors, would it be okay not to have that rug or carpet? In your kitchen surfaces, are there things best kept in cupboards or shelves? Believe it or not, the absence of some things can refresh the look of a space. So do a decluttering spree every once in a while.
Simple Design Tweaks
Do you want to get a new look and feel for your home? You can do it even without tearing down walls or spending too much. Just remind yourself of these strategies in your next home improvement project.