Friday, May 31, 2019 / by Haley Latham
1. Make your dream entryway
Your entryway is the first thing that you and guests see when they enter your home. Why not take some time to make sure it’s an area that you’re proud of? The entryway is notorious for a mess of shoes, keys, bags, etc. Try adding a small bench for people to sit while taking off their shoes. Underneath the bench add a small mat or shoe holder to organize the floor area. Next, try adding some hooks for keys, bags, coats, etc. Spruce up the space with a mirror, plant, runner, and decorative pillow.
Outdated wood can make your home feel dark and dingy. Try repainting wood in a lighter color or even just a fresh white. If you have any old furniture, try salvaging it before tossing. Refinishing the furniture or painting a new color will make it feel brand new.
3. Choose a decor theme and stick with it
With the amount of different home decor trends and styles out there it may get a little difficult to decide on just one. This may cause your space to not flow together or look as appealing as you would like. Whether it’s industrial, modern farmhouse, or bohemian; you need to find your personal style and stick with it throughout the living area. Although it’s easy to gravitate towards the popular trends, make sure you decide on something you love so that you won’t tire of it in a few years.
4. Add layers and textures
One thing that all the interior design professionals deem of high importance is layering and texturing. The art of this is to make each element in your space work well together while standing out and making an individual impact. Layering especially adds depth to a space. Texture goes hand in hand with layering by adding to the individuality of pieces. As intimidating as these may seem, the process simply means ensuring that you consider each choice separately before attempting to bring all of them together.
5. Update hardware on doors/cabinet
Outdated hardware on doors and cabinets are small things that can make a drastic difference in your living space. Simply switching the old ones out for newer, modern pieces will make your home appear more current.
6. Add new lighting
Updating lighting can change the whole atmosphere of a home. If you are working on a budget and can’t afford switching ceiling fixtures, you can simply add lamps or wall sconces to spruce up your space.
7. Update window treatments
Gone are the days of valances with matching curtains (which then match the furniture). Swap out your boxy and heavy curtains with a more updated and modern look. Opt for something light and airy that will allow natural light into the space. Tip: Raising the curtain holder above your window will make the window appear larger.
8. Landscape and improve curb appeal
Landscaping is a constant project. It sometimes takes more work than money. If you don’t want to hire out, take a day to pull weeds, rake, and freshen up any flower beds. Keeping landscaping simple can help with curb appeal. Some things you can do to keep your exterior looking tidy and fresh:
- Keep lawn trimmed
- Power wash siding & walkways
- Keep windows spotless
- Paint front door or replace it
- Add new welcome mat
- Update mailbox
- Update house number & outdoor lighting
- Place potted plants & flowers on/around porch
9. Add mirrors
Mirrors are a great way to open up a space and make it appear bigger and brighter. Try placing different size mirrors around your home. Don’t be afraid to try out different shaped mirrors: circle, square, rectangle, etc.
10. When in doubt - clean and paint
The simplest way to update your house is deep clean (tedious, of course, but completely worth it in the end) and paint a fresh new color. Try to donate/throw away things that no longer bring you joy or no longer serve any purpose. Decluttering and painting is always a go-to when working on a budget or not knowing where to start.