You’ve just purchased your first home, but your minimalist apartment-dweller furnishings don’t quite fit the new vibe. Or perhaps you’ve transitioned into working remotely full time and seeing the same decor you’ve had for years day after day is giving you unnecessary stress and anxiety.
Whether you find yourself in an exciting new housing situation or simply yearn to breathe new life into your ancestral abode, personalizing your space is a fabulous way to revitalize your house and elevate your state of mind.
Here are our favorite tips and tricks for incorporating eye-catching art, clever storage, and other design elements that will transform your place from meh to magazine-worthy.
Start with a clean slate
The first step to invigorating your home and getting it ready for redecoration is a thorough cleaning and decluttering. You don’t have to be ruthless, but getting rid of things you no longer need or want will lighten your load mentally and physically.
Most people don’t love to scrub, but once it’s done, you feel amazing and free to focus on other ways to update and decorate. A quick online search will reveal loads of ingenious cleaning hacks that will cut your chore time in half.
Deck the walls
Interior design fashions come and go, but displaying your most beloved artwork will never be out of style. But no one wants to permanently damage the walls in their home with unsightly holes. Thankfully, there are many ways to hang pieces of art and decor that appeal to you without leaving behind gaping wounds in your drywall.
Many older homes feature an architectural detail called picture rail molding. It’s easy to install and gives you a way to add visual interest to a room, break up a wall, and rearrange your art as much as you like.
A “gallery wall” creates a stunning focal point in your family room, hallway, bedroom, or even the kitchen. You can even display photos, art, framed patterns, or typography from floor to ceiling for a truly bold look.
Shelving, pegboards, cork walls, and products like Command strips and hooks are also ingenious ways to show off your personality with items you love to look at without leaving damage behind.
Bringing the outdoors inside not only adds color to any room but also measurably reduces stress and improves your air quality, while allowing you to personalize your space to your tastes.
Not everyone was born with a green thumb, but there are many plants that thrive indoors with very little attention. Cacti and succulents have always been a go-to choice for adding the beauty of plant life without all the work. They also come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Delicious herbs like basil, oregano, and chives will happily grow in your kitchen and are also a tasty addition to any recipe. Aloe also does well inside, and its fat spiky leaves provide a healing balm for minor burns and bug bites.
Popular in Mid Century Modern design, a bar cart is a classic way to keep your libations close at hand and movable. These elegant, multifunctional wheeled wonders are great for storing more than just top-shelf liquor and glassware, however.
Utilize one as a side table with fresh flowers, a bowl of fruit, and a few of your favorite books for a personalized touch. Repurpose an older one into a portable toy and activity storage depot for your kids’ playtime. Turn your master suite into a relaxing spa and display your bath accouterments, luxurious lotions, and plump towels on a handy cart next to your tub.
Lighten the mood
Changing something as simple as your lighting layout can dramatically alter the look of any space. From the kitchen to your home office, if you’re tired of working under harsh and old-fashioned overhead lights, it’s definitely time to rethink your illumination.
If your home came already equipped with unflattering bathroom lights, weirdly placed fixtures, or those odd and unattractive recessed ceiling lights from the 70s, call your friendly local electrician to help you remove them so you can get a fresh start.
Funky table lamps, wall sconces, pendant lights, chandeliers — your options are nearly endless when it comes to setting the atmosphere throughout your home with new lighting choices.
Throw something down
The right rug can completely transform the look and feel of any room. Completely replacing your home’s flooring is costly and time-consuming. Personalize and update your space fast with affordable and easily interchangeable rugs that showcase your style.
Available in an almost infinite array of patterns and designs, you can use differently sized rugs to help define parts of a multi-use room, anchor a conversation area, or give yourself a cozy place to lounge.
If you really love to lie around, extra large and especially plush floor cushions are all the rage right now. Excellent for meditating, reading, watching TV, or a delightful afternoon nap, these playfully gigantic pillows bring a whimsical touch to your living space.
Party with paint
Painting your walls, built-in cabinetry, or even the ceiling a lively new color is a relatively easy and low-cost method of modifying your space and letting your personality shine through.
How do you decide which shade will set off your room in just the right way? Home renovation experts suggest that you start by selecting 3 colors from something already in your home, such as a pillow, a rug, or a piece of art, and using those to help you choose samples at the paint store.
You’ll also want to think about what kind of finish you’d like to use. Typically, satin finish paint was considered best for interior walls because it’s stain-resistant and scrubbable. But today’s flat-finish and high-gloss paints are long-lasting and can be used together to achieve a cool contrasting effect as the light in the room changes.
Another brilliant way to make your room uniquely yours is repurposing old furniture and giving it a new life with a fresh coat of paint. Boring old tables, credenzas, and bookshelves will become much more thrilling with that personalized touch.
Bring it home
Maximize the enjoyment of your home by unleashing your imagination and creativity with these innovative ideas — without spending a fortune or dealing with the hassle of a big remodel. Even if your living space is on the small side, you can still accentuate the positive aspects of your house and make it a place where you can be yourself.
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