Any home can be updated with a few simple changes that go well beyond painting. Especially during the times of social distancing when people are advised to limit their interaction with people outside their home. Since paint jobs can sometimes break the bank, you should turn to other ways to update your home. Rest assured, the following ideas are as effective as any other home update.
Change the layout of the room
Rearranging the furniture is definitely budget-friendly as it won’t cost you a cent. It is also one of the ways to instantly change the way the entire room looks. Even though moving furniture around won’t happen in an instant, the effect of this new change will be noticeable. If you decide to change the layout of the room, you’ll probably realize that some of the objects have simply lost their place. Recognize this as a chance to declutter the room and remove unnecessary items. Fewer items mean that you will create more space and make the room look spacious and more open.
Dress up your living room furniture
When you finish rearranging the furniture, turn your focus to adding the details. These details can be a game-changer and make the furniture look completely new. Consider this activity as dressing up your furniture. If your sofa legs are visible, you can replace them with something modern or repaint them if you like their shape but dislike the color. Next, think about adding a pop of color with a thoughtfully placed decorative throw.
You can cover the entire sofa with a slipcover or cover just one section with a looser throw. Lastly, add a few accent pillows of different sizes into the mix. If the sofa is larger, you can go for two neutral, two slightly smaller pillows in a different texture than the first two pillows. Finish this arrangement with one more pillow. It should be smaller than all the others, and also one of a kind in terms of the design and texture. If the sofa is smaller, go for three pillows you can arrange to your liking.
Blend old with the new
The next step can easily become a DIY project you’ll enjoy because it is something you can do without external help. When you blend something old with something new, you’ll update it to look like something you just brought from a store. You can reupholster a vintage tub chair or your dining room chairs. This will transform the old and dated vibe into something fresh, modern and new. By giving your chairs a makeover you breathe in new life into the room. Now’s your chance to pick a fabric color you’ve always wanted to have in your living or dining room.
Add luxe factor to a room
Dated curtains, too short or too long, can easily make any room look cheap, old and boring. When deciding on the right window treatments, your goal should be to add a luxe factor to the room. They should make a statement, without attracting too much attention. You should opt for something rich-looking like elegant roman blinds to give the room that luxe vibe. When choosing a color, you can go for the color that is similar to the paint color in order to make the room visually larger. They will further accentuate the room without attracting too much attention from the main decor items.
Do something about the walls
Repainting the walls is not the only way to bring walls to life. You can upgrade the appeal of any room by adding artwork, bold paintings, photo galleries, and other details. If you want to turn a wall into a focal point of the room, you can add a large scale artwork or hang a mirror. Mirrors can also make any room feel bigger and they also reflect energy according to Feng Shui. If you decide to make a photo wall and turn your greatest memories into pieces of art, you’ll need to look for a way to combine all photos into a unique cohesive flow. Either way, whatever you choose to do, it will surely add more personality to your place.
Bring a room to life with new lightning
Carefully chosen lighting pieces are like finishing touches to an unfinished room. Just like the last pieces to an outfit, the right light sources will change how the place feels and looks. Bear in mind that you don’t have to change everything, just focus on the right one. For example, if you don’t have a floor lamp, you can get one that fits into your new living room layout perfectly. You can also create a warm ambiance with a few task lights that will further beautify the place and be of use when you need extra light for reading.
Whatever changes you decide to make, just remember to go with your intuition. Update your home in a way that makes it feel warm, inviting, and your own personal oasis.
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