So you’ve been thinking about changing your decor, but you’re worried about your budget. Don’t worry – there are a few tricks that will get your home looking fresh in just 10 minutes. Think we’re kidding? Check out these 10-minute design hacks and add a bit of excitement to that old decor without breaking your budget.
1. Artwork rotation
A piece of art is a beautiful sight to have at home, but when your walls are all cluttered up with the same artwork after a long period, it’s no longer a pretty sight. It’s time for a change. Avoid hanging up everything on your walls and create a habit of switching them up every once in a while.
Experts also advise that you should hang the lighter, pastel-coloured paintings together. While you’re doing so, you should put all the dark-coloured paintings in storage, then you can switch them up every six months. Even if you are an art collector, you shouldn’t cover all the walls in a room with paintings. This way you will give yours eyes a place to rest.
Liveliness is not just about being colourful, but it’s also about the fragrances that fill the air. You can bring these scents into your home with incense, candles, diffusers and fresh flowers or plants. A beautiful scent could easily elevate your moods. A quick floral tip is to purchase a bouquet of flowers. Split flowers up by colour and place each bunch in small vases around your home.
3. Change Your bedroom
Changing your bedsheets can go a long way, in bringing change to your personal space. Get rid of the heavy flannel and put up crisp linen with coloured coverlets for a change. Floral spread designs and coloured solids will bring beauty right into your bedroom. Accent pillows should be added to bring in both comfort and style.
4. Get New Lighting
Get a 3-way bulb to replace the 60-watt bulb. A 3-way bulb will allow you to soften the light in a room. The flexibility can make all the difference. You should look for energy-efficient bulbs – they cost higher than standard bulbs, but they can save you lots of money in electric bills.
5. Let Sunshine In
Dusty and dull windows might easily go unnoticed. This may not be the most convenient task but give your windows a good wash. A gorgeous room won’t look as beautiful and bright when you have dirty windows. Not cleaning the windows won’t let in enough light. Experts also suggest you add a valance or shade for a touch of colour. Using white sheers or ecru to replace window treatments will create an elegant look.
6. Updating Accessories
Experts explain that just as you dress up and add accessories to enhance your outfit, you should also do the same to your home. Your home should have accessories like brightly-coloured accent pillows. Remove drape lights but pick candles or spring-hued vases to boost a cocktail or dining table.
7. Have a showcase
Let’s say you love dogs, which shows with the assortment of ornaments you have got placed in every room. However, experts say that a collection in one spot brings in a more organized look and feel that your visitors will truly enjoy. If it’s a small collection placing it on a tray will make it more noticeable.
8. Clear up your kitchen
In a few minutes, you can easily tidy up your kitchen by getting rid of all the business cards, scraps of paper, and delivery menus that are stuck on the fridge. Clearing up all this clutter will make your kitchen look neater. Only take things out of the cabinet when you want to use them. Investing in a visually appealing bulletin board can help you take care of essential items.
9. Power of three
You should try the design concept of grouping three objects in a small cluster. The brain instantly interprets this as a carefully edited display instead of a random arrangement. You can place them on a mantelpiece or a table. To maximise this effect, you should also try to have objects with varying heights and widths.
10. Space out your shelves
Though it could be tempting to fill up your shelves and utilize every inch of storage, clearing it to make room for exciting objects is a much better idea. This way you won’t only create a feeling of space within the room, but you will also turn an otherwise average piece of furniture into a stylish item. The effect of this simple concept in a room can be astounding.
11. Rearranging the pillows
Very few things can change the look of your living room as quickly as a change of pillows. You should place a variety of interesting pillows unto your sofa set. By changing the pillows alone, a neglected armchair can look dressier, and a bed can look sophisticated. You don’t have to spend on new pillows, but you can try combining them in exciting ways. Try experimenting, placing them in different places or in different rooms to see if they would look good. If you don’t like the pillows you currently own, then it’s time to treat yourself to some new ones.
12. Mixing up your ceramics
If you have a collection of beautiful colourful ceramics, why not put them on display? Create an eclectic display on an open shelf on a sideboard or in the kitchen. Beautiful things have the power to distract the eyes from unspectacular spaces. Your beautifully displayed ceramics will lift the eye off other unpleasant sights of your kitchen.