The decade is almost over, which for some people means it’s time for a change. Whether that’s in your personal life or goals, the closing of one year and beginning of the other can have you hankering for a fresh start.
Others, though, focus on home-related resolutions. After all, what better way to ring in the New Year and the new decade than by redecorating your space? And while it’s tempting to do a large-scale renovation project, you may not have enough time, money, and professional skills to pull it off.
Fortunately, this New Year, you don’t have to stare at the same bland walls and walk by the same framed pictures you’ve had since the start of the decade. The list of quick and inexpensive makeovers below is guaranteed to have a big impact on the look of your home.
1. Deck the Walls
Forget repainting your entire wall or putting up new wallpaper; one of the most effortless changes you can make in any room is the addition of wall art. Replace your years-old wedding photo with a triptych photograph of your favorite city’s skyline. Breathe fresh life into a space by pairing a timeless work of art with a piece by a contemporary painter. You can even go a step farther and install 3-D wall art made from readily-available items inside your home.
2. Replace Ragged Rugs
Area rugs are to your floors as paintings are to your wall: they’re creative pieces that can instantly transform an otherwise boring surface. However, because they’re usually in high-traffic areas like the living room, they can look ragged after a while. Instead of simply cleaning your old area rugs up, why not replace them with handmade rugs that look more modern? It’s a quick and easy trick that can immediately change how a room looks.
3. Throw in Some Throw Pillows
Picture a plain-colored couch sitting against a plain-colored wall. Now, imagine that couch again but now with a bunch of bold-colored throw pillows. Makes a world of difference, right? Throw pillows add color and texture to any room. In addition, they can be the finishing touches that pull together the look and aesthetic of a room. Just make sure to choose pillows with colors that match other accents in the room to create a cohesive look.
4. Let There Be Light
The look and mood of a room bathed in white overhead lighting are vastly different from those of a room lit by the muted orange glow of a desk lamp. That is why you should consider changing up your lighting scheme.
Lamps are especially great at bringing softer, more focused lighting to a room while also adding an element of style. You also have the option of using scented candles, not only to set a more romantic mood but also if you want to make your room smell like your favorite scent.
These minor makeovers show that you don’t have to invest too much time, money, or effort to transform your living space. With a few bucks and a dash of creativity, these tiny changes can make your interiors look and feel new.