Although many places have been gradually opening back up post-lockdown, home continues to hold a particular importance as a secluded haven where you can relax and refuel. For a lot of us, making sure our homes were comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing was a concern before the pandemic, but it’s safe to say that interest in home décor and interior design has skyrocketed over the past year. Full-scale renovations can be costly, but luckily, there are smaller, easy updates you can undertake that won’t break the bank, while still making a big impact.
Whether you’re looking for a project to get you inside and out of the sun and heat, or simply stocking up on ideas to work on come fall, here are some suggestions for upgrading your indoor space.
(Looking to revamp your outdoor area? Here are some ideas to consider!)
1. Refresh Your Old Backsplash
If you’re looking to breathe new life into your kitchen or bathroom and changing your old backsplash isn’t in the cards for now, know that you can paint over tiles. I’ve been planning to paint the backsplash in my bathroom to white, and apparently, this type of project can be done in the kitchen, too. There are tutorials floating around online, and by the looks of it, the results are quite convincing!
2. Add Plants
I would like to preface this tip by asking that you please skip it if you have absolutely no intention of caring for said plants (no judgment here: I used to feel the same way). However, as a new plant lover, I can say that they require a lot less care than expected (i.e., for the most part, you’ll only need to water them once a week). And a single, well-placed plant can sometimes transform an entire space! From flowering plants to potted trees, adding greenery to a room can really help it come alive and create just the vibe you were going for. It’s a wonderful way to bring the outdoors inside!
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A few quick tips: When choosing a plant, pay attention to its lighting needs and potential toxicity to pets if you share your home with furry friends (especially if you suspect they might be tempted to snack on it).
3. Paint a Shape on the Wall
This idea seems to be particularly trendy right now. From adding a stripe from the ceiling down the wall of your dining room to creating a faux headboard in the bedroom, a bit of paint really can go a long way. Not only does it add color to your décor in smaller doses than painting an entire wall or room, it can help delimit zones and add some visual interest to your space. This is a project I’m just itching to try!
4. Switch Out Your Hardware
After moving six months ago and watching nearly every home décor video on YouTube, this is one of easiest yet most impactful tips I’ve come across. Furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and doors can be easily updated by replacing handles and pulls with new ones in a different tone or style. Or consider removing and spray painting the ones you have a different color. You don’t have to stick to all silver, brass, gold, or black hardware, either. It can be interesting to mix and match!
5. Enhance Your Lighting
Changing your light fixtures can be a refreshing change, but also think about where you could add more lighting to create a warmer or more nuanced ambiance. Sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, pendant lights, and even LED lighting strips are all interesting ways to accent a space and set the mood.
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6. Upgrade Old Furniture
You can make an old piece of furniture look new by updating its hardware (like a dresser, for example), or giving it a fresh coat of paint. Plus, updating old furniture can yield unique pieces as well as serve as an outlet for your creativity. It’s a great way to infuse your personality into your home!
7. Create an Accent Wall
An accent wall can make a room look more dynamic and add an interesting visual element. But if installing paneling or painting isn’t your thing, there are other options, too. Enter peel and stick wallpaper, which is akin to traditional wallpaper, except that you don’t need to be an expert to put it up, and you can remove it without damaging your walls. And it comes in pretty much any print and color imaginable! Some companies even let you print a custom photo or design onto the wallpaper, enabling you to create a personalized mural.
8. Hang or Change the Curtains
Depending on the style of curtains you choose, it can really help soften or dress up the look of a room. From translucent gauze to a fun, colorful print, there are endless possibilities for adding the finishing touch to your windows. And switching out your current curtains can be an easy way to shake things up in an indoor space that needs a quick upgrade, too!
9. Acquire an Area Rug
Not only are area rugs soft and pleasant for the feet (especially if you don’t wear shoes inside the house), they’re also a great way to create zones in open concept spaces. They add texture and color to rooms, helping tie all the other décor items together. And know that it’s perfectly acceptable to add area rugs to rooms that have wall-to-wall carpeting, too!
10. Create a Gallery Wall
A lovely way to add a personal touch to your décor is to display photos and pieces of art that are important to you. There are different ways of creating gallery walls: frames of a single color, different frames with themed photos, a mix of frames and colors, etc. Think about which one would work best in your space.
And think outside the box when choosing what to display. You can also hang trinkets and decorations that aren’t framed to mix things up. In terms of placement, the wall of a staircase is a popular location for a gallery wall, but a bedroom, living room, or bathroom wall can also be an interesting choice.
What is an easy upgrade you’ve made to your indoor space that had a huge impact? Share below in the comments!