You don’t need a lot of money or time to give any room in your home a makeover. To prove that, today I’m sharing with you 15 simple and budget friendly tips to help you refresh any space around the house.
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Add Interest with Plants
Potted plants are a great way to add a fresh update to any room in your house. From choosing a stylish planter to deciding on the right plant, adding an organic element can soften even a cold and sterile room.
The best part is that if you don’t have a green thumb and the thought of keeping a live plant healthy turns you off, you can go with a faux plant
Add or Update Lighting
Sometimes the problem with a space comes down to poor lighting. Especially if a room doesn’t have a lot of natural light, it can feel closed in and smaller than it is. If that’s the problem with your space, consider updating or adding new lighting.
Consider New Window Treatments
Changing out blinds can be pricey so if that isn’t an option then why not work with what you have? If possible, consider adding trim, a fabric panel or some tassels to your existing curtains to update or freshen up what’s already there.
If updating blinds, consider pre-made options available in a variety of sizes. These options are often much more affordable than custom blinds.
Deep Clean your Space
You keep a clean and tidy house but rooms like bathrooms and kitchens or high traffic areas can get really dirty really quickly. Consider giving your tired room a deep cleaning from top to bottom because often this will make it not only look fresh but feel fresh too. This is also a great way to pinpoint areas to update in the future because when everything is polished up and clean, items like hardware or lighting that are worn or outdated will stand out more making them easy to identify.
Open Up a Room
Taking out walls to open up spaces isn’t an option for a quick update but there are other ways to make a room feel more open. For example, consider adding a large mirror which will help reflect light around your room making it feel brighter and bigger.
There are so many ways to add trim to a room to make a statement without spending a lot of time. From adding crown molding, building out existing door and window trim, creating a chair rail, applied moldings or a feature wall, the options are endless.
Replace or Add Throw Pillows
Throw pillows are a great way to add color, texture, pattern and style to your space. This is a great way to infuse some bold personality without a big commitment or investment. From updating your family room couch to your master bedroom bed, don’t overlook this super simple way to refresh your tired space.
Swap Out Hardware
Kitchens and bathrooms can be pricey rooms to update but updating outdated hardware takes very little time and can be done with minimal tools so anyone can do it. This simple update can modernize older cabinets and instantly make your space feel fresh.
Paint, even just a little, can go a long way toward making a room feel fresh and new. Whether painting an entire room, just a feature wall, painting contrasting trim, a single piece of future or some accessories, paint provides you with nearly limitless options.
Rearrange Furniture or Swap Rooms
If you want to update your space without spending any money try rearranging the furniture in your room or swap furniture from room to room. Sometimes putting things in new places is all you need to make a room feel more fresh. It’s amazing what a fresh perspective can do!
Add A Gallery Wall
From mismatched frames to streamlined and consistent, a gallery wall is a great way to add personality to a bland space. From family photos to a collage of art and photos, a gallery wall can be a great way to let your creativity flow.
Put Up Removable Wallpaper
Wallpaper can be a big commitment, messy to put up and even messier to take down so removable wallpaper can be an easy way to add color and pattern without the commitment of regular wallpaper.
You can wallpaper an entire room like your entry, laundry room or bathroom or you can add a feature wall to a bedroom or family room. You can also get creative by adding it to the back of a cabinet or bookshelves for a more subtle application.
Add or Replace a Rug
Good rungs can be pricey but there are also some great rugs that are also affordable. A rug, while and investment, can also be an easy way to give a room a new look even without doing anything else and they come in so many styles, colors and patterns.
Add Open Shelves
Open shelves can be a great way to add some dimension to a large, blank wall and it gives you an opportunity to store or display belongings that can also add interest to a room. They can also be a great way to display collections of things you love.
Add a Fireplace
Rooms without a focal point can feel blah and lack interest. Adding a fireplace can solve that problem by creating a cozy focal point that the rest of the room can center around. Fireplace kits come in so many formats today from electric to both vented and ventless gas. Some construction is required to build them in but it doesn’t have to cost a lot and can make a big impact.
These days as many of us are spending a lot more time at home, finding ways to make our spaces feel updated and fresh can be challenging without spending a lot of money. Hopefully some of these tips inspire you to add some fresh touches to a tired space in your home.
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