If you’re not a house stager, decorating can feel worse than doing the laundry. After all, how are you supposed to make your abode better if you don’t have any ideas?
Not to mention that redecorating can take a toll on the budget, and most of us don’t have money to burn in these post-pandemic times. This is why you’ll draw value from these affordable but chic, and trendy but timeless tips.
Top 8 Easiest House-Decorating Tips
Let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the post – the tips!
Bear in mind that you don’t need to (and shouldn’t) use all of these suggestions. The best thing about decorating and redecorating is finding new ways of setting things up to get your creative juices flowing and create an inviting atmosphere in your home.
1. Find Space for Greenery
Flowers and other types of foliage usually have their own place in our homes. But if your pots are static in one corner for long, you’ll likely lose the luster you’re craving and the re-fresh factor will dwindle.
So, extend your love for blooms (even if they’re artificial) throughout your home. Pop a hanging plant in the bathroom and a fiddle-leaf tree next to your sofa. With plants breaking the mold, you’ll feel like you’re living in a new residence.
2. Break Out the Art
Regardless of whether you own a few tiny frames or a grand show-stopping piece, dust them off and hang them on a bare wall. You’ll be surprised by the personality a print or painting can inject into a room.
And if you ever get sick of the same old art, you can easily swap them out with any fresh finds from a local flea market or online marketplace without breaking the bank.
3. Set Up a Cozy Reading Nook
If you don’t have a designated reading nook, now’s the time to make one!
Remember that you don’t have to have an actual corner or nook to fashion a spot for reading. Just pick an empty wall where you’d like to indulge in your favorite book, and add shelves, floor cushions, pillows, and accents to spice it up (like wall decals and string lights). And for even less work, repurpose your living room to serve as a lounge area with strategically chosen fabrics that exude both warmth and sophistication.
4. Experiment with Colors
When picking the color palette for rooms, many settle for security and familiarity – white, beige, and gray. Although that’s not inherently bad, it can get really boring, really fast. So what do you do?
Why, splash some bold colors, of course!
You don’t have to go all out like in the photo, but you’ll be shocked to discover just how much of a difference a navy couch makes to a beige room. If you’re not that adventurous yet, color the armchairs, the rug, or just add some colorful items.
5. Don’t Neglect the Entryway
You don’t need to have a grand foyer to flaunt your decorating skills because you can still show some love to a small entryway. In some cases, the smaller – the better!
Putting a traditional or modern console table against the wall can help make the first impression count. But instead of just leaving it as a decoration, add some functionality by placing an ornate bowl for your keys, a mirror to check yourself out before leaving the house, and a stack of books.
6. Make Use of Throw Pillows
Want the easiest way to freshen up your bedroom or living space?
Invest in some striking throw pillows!
If you’re not yet comfortable experimenting with eye-catching patterns and furniture, minimize the impact by condensing it on a throw pillow. That way, a complex pattern won’t be an eyesore, but an intricate detail placed on your bed that doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the environment. And when you’re itching for a change, just swap them out for something new.
7. Apply Accent Wallpaper
We get it – some can’t jump into vibrantly-colored walls with both feet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add life to your walls.
One of the best ways to do that is to apply accent wallpaper. This means you won’t drape it over every wall in the room, but just add it to one to catch the attention of visitors who set foot inside.
Not only is this suspiciously easy, but it’s also fast and makes a big difference. Plus, if you grow tired of the color, swap it!
8. Practice Minimalism
You’d be shocked to discover how distinct your space will look after you’ve pared your stuff down. And not only will it change the appearance and feel of the room, but it can also double as cleaning and decluttering.
By surrendering to the minimalist way of thinking about your interior, you’ll have fewer knick-knacks collecting dust and more space for simplicity. Plus who knows, maybe you’ll like your room better toned down and minimalism will spill out into your daily life, transcending your interior décor.