What if you use what you already own to spruce up your home? To create a space that feels fresh and new to you. Let me guess … have you been spending a lot of time at your house lately? Living in a closed environment means that many of us inhabit the same space for endless hours. Which can make you want to change your decor.
But with so many stores closed, online ordering impossible or very time consuming, any room refurbishment should be simple and inexpensive. Fortunately, it is quite possible to refresh a space without spending a lot. Here is a list of ideas for sprucing up your home with minimal purchases. Or, better yet, spend nothing at all.
1. Beautify your home by rearranging the furniture
If you haven’t moved the furniture yet, you are about to experience an extremely exciting activity. It consists of completely transforming a room to place furniture in a new place. Consider trying to make each seat in the living room the “best”, freeing up window access, positioning the sofa and chairs for optimal reading light near windows or lamps. Move the furniture according to the activities you want to focus on. For example around a low table to promote board games or in front of the television if you like movie nights.
2. Change your bedding
Buying new sheets, duvet cover, quilt or extra pillow can liven up a bedroom for less. Maybe you want to add some color or go for the sophisticated all-white style. But anyway, you will feel like you are in a new space. So, make a commitment to make that bed every day!
3. Beautify your home by changing your cushions
Buy upholstery and cushion covers separately so you can, when you want to change the season or style. Simply unzip a cover and replace it with another. It also makes cleaning easier. Covers are generally much cheaper than linings.
4. Beautify your home with a creative painting
Painting can transform a space in many ways. You can paint the walls, a single accent wall, trim along the floor or windows, the inside of a door, or even socket covers to match the mural. Use paint on old furniture to give it new life.
5. Beautify your home by decluttering
Any space that is constantly used tends to fill up with clutter. Try to get rid of as many things as possible. Start by removing all the knick-knacks and decorations to have a clean slate. Then add the pieces one by one until you hit the right balance. In general, less is always more. Download the Clutterfree app if you want to do a good decluttering.
6. Beautify your home with plants
You can’t have too much greenery in a house. Buy plants or multiply the ones you already have using inexpensive terracotta pots. If you have houseplants, regularly dust their leaves and reposition them to maximize sunlight. Water and feed them. Make bouquets of fresh flowers, plants or branches collected outdoors.
7. Beautify your home with light
I have a weakness for lamps, which are both practical and aesthetic. By purchasing a beautiful lamp, you will be inclined to use a space that may have been underutilized before; while adding a decorative element to a room.
Warm light emanating from a lamp makes a space cozier and more welcoming. Also open up the space around your windows. Add ties to curtains to allow more light to enter, and move furniture that is blocking windows.
8. Repaint your furniture
Want to change the atmosphere in a bedroom, a kitchen or create an ultra-vitamin office area for teenagers? If you don’t have the budget to invest in new accessories, why not just repaint them? There are now many specialized paints for this type of operation. Ideal for matching your old bed to the new paint in your bedroom or completely transforming a kitchen … from the entrance to the garage everything can be painted! The only limit: your creativity (and your level of resourcefulness with brushes!)
9. Energize with a colored wall
To stay in the register of painting , nothing is easier and less expensive than to energize a wall with a beautiful color. Repainting a splashback, a headboard, window frames, a fireplace mantel or any other architectural element in the house can quickly add a touch of fresh and contemporary decor. On condition of knowing how to associate the colors and to carry out a neat work.
10. Change blinds and curtains
Changing the coverings of your windows is a good way to quickly transform the atmosphere of a room. Changing old curtains for designer blinds in a bedroom or living room can sometimes be enough to give a modern touch to your interior for a reasonable budget. Especially since the economic deco aspect can add substantial savings on the energy bill. Well-protected glazing in winter as in summer can help reduce your consumption!
11. Change your lights
Nothing more “has been” than old-fashioned wall lights or unclothed light sources. To give a touch of contemporary decor, change your lights! Lampshades, suspensions, wall lights and even the bulbs themselves offer ever more designer solutions to delicately underline your interior decoration. The current trend to test: the copper effect to integrate for example in a kitchen or a designer bathroom.
12. Cushions and a rug for an ethnic atmosphere in the living room
Combine a multitude of cushions and a simple rug to create a decor of character in a very classic living room.
13. Wallpaper strips to refresh a living room
Use graphic wallpaper (here, a cement tile pattern ) to give relief to a room that has become a little bland.
14. Yellow curtains for a bright and pop living room
Install brightly colored curtains to bring light and give the living room some pep.
15. Large decorative elements to dress up the dining room
Add large decorative elements to dress up the space and give it character.
16. A graphic and colorful rug to enhance the decor of a living room
Install a carpet in the center of the almost monochrome room, to enhance the decor with colors and patterns that catch the eye.
17. Play with paint to redo the living room decor
Play with several shades of paint to create a graphic effect on the wall. It can be artistic “tasks” like here at Dulux Valentine, or triangular and geometric shapes.
18. Cover cupboards with adhesives to transform the kitchen
Apply adhesive tape on the kitchen cupboard doors to breathe new life into the room. You can also play with this adhesive as a decorative element on a piece of furniture, as a color reminder.
19. An accumulation of cushions to shake up the decor
Maybe it’s time to revive the decor of your good old soft sofa. The trick? Invite brightly printed cushions into your living room. Dare a nice mix of bright colors and graphic patterns to add relief to your room. Enough to change the decor of your living room without breaking the bank and enjoying even more comfort on the sofa. Be careful, you may find it difficult to extricate yourself from this sofa !
20. Mirror, my beautiful mirror
Sometimes all it takes is a simple decorative accessory to give a room a makeover. Let’s talk about mirrors for example, they are perfect for the living room. These little wonders will not only enlarge the room, bring a dose of brightness, but above all they will restore character to your decor. Accentuate the contrast with tapestries with plant motifs. A nice way to rejuvenate the living room decor without spending too much or throwing everything away.
21. Customize your armchairs in the blink of an eye
This pretty cozy armchair seen in a magazine would be perfect to change the decor of your living room but its price makes you hesitate? Think no more, there are other solutions to modernize your interior. Get started with customization, for example. All you need is a tin or two of paint, then have fun picking out a few designs and you’re good to go.
22. Transform storage furniture
Brighten up the living room decoration and give your storage furniture a touch of youth with color. Shelves, TV cabinet or bookcases: customize your old furniture with pop paint and add, for example, contemporary fabric or metal baskets in empty lockers. Guaranteed effect with a small budget.
23. Dare to mix pop prints in the living room
To boost the decor of the living room with originality, you will have to be daring. Tapestries with retro prints, colorful furniture, tangy curtains, graphic carpets or flat colors… Don’t hesitate to mix things up. Appearances are often deceptive, you may be pleasantly surprised. This tip is particularly suitable for sleek interiors or living rooms with mostly light wood furniture.
24. Stickers for an original decoration
To modernize the decor of your living room, no need to change all your furniture. Have you ever thought about using masking tape ? On a wall, on the ceiling or on your furniture, this colored adhesive paper is literally magic. The plus: it is easy to apply and peel off, so you can still change your mind in a few months!
25. Divert the wooden crates
For an original and inexpensive storage, turn away the wooden crates. They allow you to store books, magazines, vinyls … and with style!