These quick and easy decorating ideas will help you banish the boring in your rooms and bring in some fresh style. These ideas can be completed super fast and they are inexpensive to boot!
Add a lamp, or two!
Sometimes all we we need is a little more ambiance. I also really try to achieve balance with lighting. I go for a mix of overhead, task and ambient lighting. Our house is old so we don’t have a lot of overhead lighting, such as recessed lights. I try to fake it until we make it with a floor lamp and use table lamps everywhere else. I’m also partial to a nice white or warm textured drum shade on my lamps. If you look at a lot of the interior designers rooms, it’s very rare they have a lamp shade in a color other than white, beige or off white.
Every room needs flowers
Its amazing the difference a beautiful vase of flowers or greens can make to any room. The secret? Add them where you will sit and actually see them! I think we have a tendency to put them off to the side or in a nook or in a formal room we don’t use very often. It’s quite dramatic when you put them front and center. Look at those popular home magazines again – nine times out of ten there are flowers or greenery in every picture! Put them right smack on your kitchen island, put them on your coffee table, put them on your entry table, add a bunch to your vanity and nightstands!
Hang your curtain rods higher plus other tips
This is such an easy thing to do and makes the biggest difference! Hang your curtains higher and slightly to the outside of your windows. You will instantly open up the room and create the illusion of higher ceilings. Everyone loves tall ceilings! I actually want to go higher in this picture here. Since we are renovating and taking everything down soon, I’m just waiting. But that rod will be higher! Mark my words! 🙂
I also think adding drapery hooks instead of hanging the curtains directly from the rod makes a huge statement. One more! Switch out any darker curtain panels with white or neutral colored curtains. Simple fixes, right?
Add a textured pillow or throw
Most rooms look a little more polished when there’s a bit of texture involved. You don’t have to go crazy with putting up grasscloth wallpaper or getting a brand new sofa – a simple textured or patterned pillow or chunky throw is a game changer.
Hang a bigger mirror in your bathroom
Bigger mirror = visually bigger space plus more light. If you have a tiny mirror in your bathroom, hanging a bigger one and one with an interesting shape or frame will totally change the look.
Add a runner to your hallway
I love wood floors. Love em’. But there is something about a beautiful runner that just pulls everything together. A vintage runner especially can add a pop of color and pattern. If an area is feeling a bit empty – a rug will bring it back to life. I loved my jute rug in our hallway but unfortunately it got ruined! Now our hallway feels empty again but I’m saving it for after our renovation since we are so close to starting.
Change out Cabinet or Furniture knobs
Love this one! Anthropologie and Wayfair have a great selection of knobs. The first thing I did when I moved into our house here was change the kitchen knobs. It made a huge difference! This is one of those ‘complete in twenty minutes’ projects.
Rearrange your Shelves
Take everything off and start over! Arrange your books by color this time or place them in backwards so the page side shows instead of the spine. Rearrange your decor accessories – Pinterest is a great place for bookshelf styling inspiration! Maybe add a couple baskets. Even small changes like this can knock us out of a decor rut.
Make old decor new again
A few weeks ago, I made over some old ceramic decor pieces. It made such an impact and I didn’t feel like I needed to run out and buy new stuff. There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes along with diy’ing your old decor. And it’s nice to save money too!
Hang new wall art
Refresh your walls with some new wall art! This doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Nowadays you can buy cheap printable wall art or diy your own. In fact, here’s a great place to get free art. Shameless plug : check out my Etsy shop decor hint designs for printable photography artwork!
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