In this last year, our entire lives have changed. How we work, play, love- everything has shifted to an almost unrecognizable degree. Strangely enough, we’re still living in our same homes that look unchanged since before any of this began. If you’re like millions of other Americans are craving change and aren’t sure how to make it happen for yourself, here are 7 best ways to make a home makeover happen! After you do it once, you’ll be wanting to make a makeover happen every couple of weeks!
1- Top To Bottom
This style is a popular way to redecorate and refinish rooms. Top to bottom means that you work from the light fixtures to your walls, down to the carpet or hardwood floors. This change allows you to makeover your home in levels and gives you a chance to work around a common theme. The good thing about this type of project is that you can space it out over weeks. The only problem here is that if you’re prone to distraction or procrastination, you might put your walls off for too long just because a weekend of painting can feel like a giant project to undertake.
2- Work Around a Piece
The decor is easy to get lost in! Between picking what style, deciding color schemes, and figuring out what type of fabrics you like- you could design around a single piece. Whether it’s a beautiful sofa that you want to focus around or an heirloom lamp you’ve always loved- you can find ways to design around any item. Just be careful to make sure your items are in good shape; although you might like an old stuffed recliner, there’s some home decor you can’t upcycle.
3- Play With Color
Color is a fun and inventive way to get a little more creative with your home. Instead of focusing on whether or not the shape of a new table would work with your decor- think about how the color works. All white kitchen design has been popular for the last couple of years, and the new trend is to ribbon through pops of one color to contrast against it. For example, you could have a kitchen with white counters and cabinets and then have teal show through in things like your toaster, plates, and cooking utensils. It’s a fun way to explore decor and a great designing style that will help your home glow.
4- Have Fun With Texture
Pillows, blankets, rugs, and art- these are the main focuses of anyone trying to put a little more texture into their rooms. Changing the surface here or there is a fantastic way to push for changes that will catch other peoples’ eyes. If most of your furniture is sleek or smooth, a shaggy fur-textured pillow and blanket can break up these clean lines. Likewise, if your home has a lot of really soft carpet and window dressings, you can counter it with furniture that has severe lines. Think about what would contrast in the right way, and then use just one or two examples of this in your decor. This planning ensures it’s not too clashy, and the choices look as deliberate as they are.
5- Make Spaces You’ll Use
We all know that cliche image of a short, comfortable chair with a luxurious blanket draped over it. Although the idea is excellent, most people are more likely to end up on their couch than in a chair. You can work around this by creating spaces that you’ll use.
Instead of just throwing a chair in a corner and calling it a day, build an area around that! A small bookshelf, a little side table, and a foot cushion are all you need to make a cozy reading area. You can spruce it up with plants, candles, and a lamp that you’ll only use in that area. Filling out space around the chair makes the site more defined and will make you more likely to use it.
6- What’s Your Dream Home?
Think about what your dream house would look like on the inside. Are you in love with bay windows? Do you want a larger kitchen? Just because you own this home, and it’s been built a certain way, doesn’t mean that’s the only way it’s ever going to look. You can update your home in any way you see fit- the only thing stopping you is your budget. Putting in a new window on an existing wall can cost anywhere between two thousand to five thousand dollars. It might be worth it, especially if you want more light in a room! Please don’t limit yourself based on what you think is possible; look around, and make an educated decision.
7- Plan Around Use
What rooms get the most use in your home? Of course, your bedroom and bathroom– but do you spend more time focusing on your kitchen or living room? Is there a spot that you wish you had in your home but don’t? Consider making spaces for yourself in any room possible- reading nook in your living room, a breakfast table in your kitchen. You can create little spaces that will help you go through your day and can make you feel happier with your home. Keeping a small bench by your front door means you can sit to take off your shoes and socks at the end of the day while maintaining a cozy chair in your room means you can relax there when you don’t want to risk a nap! Have fun and plan around how you want to use your space.