Are you ready to create a new look for your home? A makeover doesn’t have to blow your budget. Updating and brightening up your favorite room can be easier and less expensive than you think. Here are eight easy yet inexpensive ways to make over your home.
Go for Groupings
You don’t have to buy new stuff to update your decor. Just look around your house for inspiration. Create groupings by gathering similar items together. You can display them on any flat surface, including bookshelves, tables, vanities or dressers.
Change your groupings regularly to keep things interesting. You can even use “found” objects for groupings, such as seashells, pinecones or pebbles. Grouping makes displays of collected items is one of the most affordable ways to make over your home in a snap.
Display Flowers in Creative Ways
Displaying plants and flowers is the perfect way to bring life to your decor, but basic vases can be boring. Jazz up a plain vase up by using an empty vintage frame to border the flowers. Simply place a second small item in front of the frame to anchor it. Or, put a few inches of water in two fish bowls of different sizes.
Place a sturdy type of flower, such as tulips, against the outside edge of the bowls. Stack one bowl on top of the other. You could also display flowers in unexpected vessels, such as teapots, outdoor urns, rustic buckets or even trophies.
Use Neutrals as a Backdrop
If you think neutrals are bland, think again. By using basic colors like beige as a backdrop, you can accentuate other pieces. For instance, if you top a neutral rug with a more expensive designer one, you’ll be able to use the base rug to fill the room without spending too much.
Or, consider painting walls in a neutral color, like gray or taupe, to make wall art and accent pieces pop. If you want to make over your home quickly, a new rug or curtains is the way to go. Go to your local thrift shop or visit some yard sales for inexpensive décor.
Go Bright and Beautiful
Look for ways to add accents of bright colors throughout your home. For example, you could paint the window sash a brighter color than the rest of the room to draw the eye to the outside view. If you’re looking for a big change, spray old furniture like a coffee table or end tables with a vivid gloss enamel spray paint to add a surprising pop of color. Be creative and colorful when you make over your home.
Make Mock Molding
Molding has a luxurious look, but having it installed is expensive. So, why not “fake it” yourself? First, buy enough identical frames to cover the entire wall when spaced about four inches apart. Next, remove the back and front glass or plastic from the frame. Then, simply nail the frames to the wall, evenly spaced, and paint them to match the wall.
You’ll get a high-end look for a fraction of the price of real molding. If you don’t want to bother with picture frames, you can even paint your own faux molding. It’s easy, and a great way to use up leftover paint, too.
Consider using a bold, unexpected color like hot pink or fuchsia in your bedroom. If you’re on the fence about a bold color, try it just behind your bed. You could create the effect of a headboard or paint the whole wall as an accent wall. By taking this approach, the statement color won’t be “in your face.”
You’ll see it when you walk into the room, but you won’t be staring at it all the time. Another option? Wallpaper the back wall with a bold print and leave the others solid. Look for sales on paint and/or wallpaper before you make over your home.
If you don’t like bold and bright colors, you can still make over your home without going crazy with color. At the opposite end of the spectrum, neutral colors like pale gray and taupe are in vogue. They’re easy on the eyes and super-relaxing, making them perfect for your bedroom.
So, consider adding subtle shades like periwinkle as accents to provide a little color while keeping a relaxed vibe. You can use one color on three walls and a lighter or darker shade on another.
Bump Up Your Bedding
Simply adding a new batch of colorful decorative pillows can be bedroom-altering. If you don’t like lots of extra pillows, buy new shams for your regular pillows. Lean them against the wall or headboard. Then, just place a bold decorative pillow or two in front of them.
In addition to varied colors, look for different textures for your bedding. They create both visual and tactile interest. However, avoid adding rough textures to what lies against your skin. Stick to soft materials like linen, cotton and microfiber for sheets.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to make over your home. With these simple, affordable ideas, you can give your entire home a facelift. And these tips are so easy, you can adjust your home’s look regularly, too. It will never feel stale or old, and best yet, you won’t break the bank in the process, so have fun.