Did you know that we spend almost $9,000 a year just on the decoration and upkeep of our homes?
If you feel like your home needs a bit of a refresh, you may be reluctant to spend a lot of money on decorating. You like the idea of changing things up a bit, but you don’t want to have to break the bank to do it.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to decorate your home without it costing you an arm and a leg. There are many cost-effective ways to spruce up your decor.
Read on as we take a look at some simple ways to decorate your home.
1. Shut the Front Door!
One of the easiest ways to give your home a facelift is to spruce up your front door.
A quick coat of paint doesn’t cost much at all, but it can make a huge difference to your home. A tired front door makes your whole house look tired, but a freshly painted door makes the whole home pop.
Your front door is the first impression your home gets to make, so it makes sense to have your front door match the style of your interior. There’s no point painting your front door bright orange if the rest of your home is styled in neutral colors. A bright door can be a real statement though, if you have the interior to match.
Consider investing in some new numbers for your front door too, whilst you’re at it.
2. Let There Be Light
Sunlight can make a huge difference to your home, and the best part is that it’s free. All you need to do is ensure that it can get into your home.
Consider removing heavy drapes, or at least pinning these back during the daytime. The more light you can let into your home, the brighter it will be and the brighter it will feel. You can maximize the impact of this sunlight by using glass and mirrors in your decor to reflect the light.
Decorating in light and neutral tones also adds to the feeling of light and space in your home. There’s a reason landlords love that magnolia paint.
3. Hang Art
A neutral wall will help make your home feel light, but it doesn’t exactly make a statement.
That’s where artwork can really help. A bold piece of art hung on a neutral wall will really pop and can transform the look of an otherwise dull room. You don’t have to spend a fortune, either. Whilst original paintings or other artworks can be very expensive, art prints are readily affordable and can look fantastic with a good frame.
Choose a print that features some of the colors of the rest of the decor in that room, and suddenly a plain room becomes one that really pops.
4. Create Space With Mirrors
If your home isn’t huge, adding decorations can sometimes make everything feel a little swamped.
The good news is that it’s easy to make your home feel more spacious by using wall mirrors. Since mirrors reflect the room that they’re in, they make every room appear twice as large as they actually are. Mirrors also reflect light, making your home feel brighter.
Consider hanging a mirror at opposite ends of the room to maximize their effect.
5. Layer Lighting
Another simple way to influence the look and feel of any room is to play with the lighting.
Layering lighting is a great way to do this. Instead of a having a single source of light such as a single central light fixture, mix things up with a combination of ceiling lights, wall lights, table lamps, and floor lamps. Even with no other changes, adding some layered lighting can make your room feel completely new.
6. Feature Walls
Rather than spend money decorating an entire room, consider just working on a single wall.
A feature wall is a really effective way of making a statement in a room without the work and expense that comes of a total renovation. A bold wall of a single color, or with some statement patterned wallpaper, can totally transform a space.
7. Beautiful Books
Bookshelves are another way to make a big impact for little expense.
Almost any bookshelf looks good once you’ve filled it with all of your favorite reads. As an alternative to bookshelves, you can also consider a floating shelf or two.
For a really effective look, break up the books with some plants or picture frames.
8. Display What You Have
Bookshelves are a great way of using something you already have—your book collection—to improve the look of your home.
The same can be applied to many other things you may already have around the house. Stylish coffee makers such as a Chemex or a moka pot can look great out on a shelf. Displaying some of your glassware is also an effective way to add a splash of style.
Take a look at what you already own before buying anything new.
9. Switch Out Lampshades
A plain lampshade offers little in terms of decor. Switching one out for a funky pattern or bold color can make an instant difference.
The best part is that the light from a colored or patterned lampshade can add a wash of color to the whole room and make those neutral walls suddenly seem a little more interesting.
10. Don’t Forget the Ceiling
It’s probably the single biggest uninterrupted area in any room, so don’t neglect your ceilings.
Consider adding some color to a ceiling to give a room a completely different feel. If you have stylish moldings around your light fittings, consider painting these in a different color to really show them off.
You’ll be amazed at the difference changing your ceiling can make.
Are You Ready To Decorate Your Home?
If you’re ready to decorate your home, then we hope that this article has given you some inspiration.
Remember that you don’t need to break the bank to give your home a makeover that will really make a difference. By following some of the tips above, you can give your home a new lease of life without having to make major changes or expensive purchases. The key is to make the best of what you already have in your home rather than starting completely from scratch.
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