Have the itch to redecorate? We’re here to help! Read this for some simple ideas on how you can give your apartment a DIY makeover. You’re going to love them!
The itch to redecorate is hard to ignore until you’re knee-deep in projects. There isn’t always enough time to redo an entire room when you want a change.
But, you can’t discount how big of an impact small changes can make to your space.
Tackle your boredom with these five simple ways to give your interiors a makeover. Breathe fresh life into your home!
1. Add a New Coat of Paint
Though it’s a time-consuming task, repainting is also the most dramatic way to update your space. A new color changes the entire vibe of a room, turning it into something totally new.
How do you want your space to feel?
Neutral colors are a timeless classic. They bring in a sense of familiar comfort that’s not too shocking to the senses. Bright colors are intense and energetic, making you feel happy and upbeat. Pastel colors keep you calm and relaxed.
When it comes to shades, you can trick anyone into thinking your room is bigger or smaller, depending on which one you choose.
Light colors open a room up and make it feel bigger in the same way that bright light does. Dark colors have the opposite effect, closing the space in to give it a more intimate, cozy atmosphere.
There’s an entire world of color psychology out there for you to explore. Or, you can just paint the walls a color that makes you happy.
You have to look at it every day, so make sure you love your new color before you spend the time covering your walls in it.
2. Change Out Some Hardware
No matter how nice your design is or how long you spend putting it together, outdated hardware will bring the entire thing down.
It’s a small detail but an incredibly important one.
Changing out drawer pulls and cabinet knobs is easier than you might think. You don’t need to be a handyman to get the job done. If you can measure and unscrew things, you’re good to go!
Oh, and make sure you count how many of each kind of hardware you need before heading to the store.
Picking out new pulls and knobs is entirely up to your sense of style. There are hundreds of types to choose from that will up the style of your kitchen or bathroom as soon as you install them.
In a couple of hours, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your design, even from such a simple change.
3. Toss in Some Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are a welcome accent in any home. They work well in the living room, bedroom, and even the home office.
There’s nothing crazy going on here. You’re just adding in a few pillows.
If you look at any interior design magazine or website, you’ll see throw pillows everywhere. That’s because they are an easy and effective way to add color, texture, and patterns to a space.
Decorating with throw pillows gives you the chance to be creative without making a permanent change.
Pick a bright accent color to incorporate into the room. Find pillows with fun prints that stand out against your solid color sofa. Get them in faux fur, velvet, silk, and other fabrics that add different textures to your space.
Plus, there’s no worry when you make your home over with throw pillows. If you end up not liking them, just switch them out for new ones!
4. Rearrange the Furniture
Turn your space into a totally different one by moving the furniture around. Rearranging gives you the sense of something brand new without having to actually add anything new.
It’s the perfect solution if you’re on a budget or short on time and want to make a quick change.
While you’re at it, throw down a new rug to anchor your seating area together.
This method doesn’t require any commitment since you can just move everything back if you don’t like the other options. Your muscles might be a bit sore afterward, but you’ll definitely feel good about making a change.
And the best part — you didn’t have to spend any money to do it!
5. Freshen Things Up With Some Houseplants
Bring the outdoors inside and add fresh new life to your interior design.
Houseplants never go out of style. They’re a great way to incorporate some natural color into your space. If green isn’t your thing, flowers offer a wide variety of colors with the same freshness.
If you don’t have much of a green thumb, don’t worry — there are plenty of low-maintenance houseplants that are perfect for beginners. Or, you can opt for fake plants to skip the upkeep altogether.
Large plants command a room and really make a statement, while smaller plants bring in subtler touches of green. Hanging plants stay out of the reach of curious kids and animals.
Whether you turn your home into a tropical oasis or simply place a few succulents on your coffee table, houseplants will really liven things up.
There’s no reason for you to settle when it comes to your interior design. Sure, you can live with what you have now. But will that really make you happy?
It doesn’t take a complete remodel to make your home feel like new!
These five simple ideas will take your space from drab to fab before you can blink. All it takes is a little creativity and maybe some elbow grease!
Angus Flynn is the Business Manager for Chatham on Main, a community of newly renovated apartments in Chatham, NJ.