When was the last time you freshened up your home’s décor? If it’s been a while, the New Year is the perfect time to gather ideas and liven up your interior design. Restyling a room doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul, either. You can kick off the year with a new look with a few quick and easy changes.
To help you get your home makeover underway, here are five simple steps to give your rooms the oomph they need.
Sometimes the best way to restyle a room is to simply organize and de-clutter. You can make a room look bigger, cleaner and brighter by putting away tired décor, bulky side tables or unnecessary knickknacks. Plus, you’re sure to burn some extra calories during a heated de-cluttering session.
You can mix things up in the living room by incorporating new fabrics and textures. Pack up last year’s drapes, throw pillows and slipcovers and enliven your room with fresh colors, patterns and textures. Change the feel of a room simply by swapping the draperies for something more bold or sheer. A pair of funky textured throw pillows can also do the trick.
Lighting is as important to the appearance of a room as the layout and décor. Give your room a new look with a statement light fixture, bright accent lights or eye-catching floor lamps. The ceiling fan is another spot to add visual appeal. Play with twinkle lights on bookcases or mantles for an unexpected touch, and experiment with bulb wattage for softer or more dramatic lighting. Or uncover the windows to allow natural light to fill the room during the day.
A new area rug is an easy way to jazz up a room. A rug can add a touch of coziness, tie a room’s theme together or add a burst of color. The possibilities are endless with the variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes available to choose from.
When considering a room makeover, most people think a new coat of paint should be the first step. But painting can be quite an undertaking. Hanging your own wallpaper is no picnic either, but you’re definitely getting more bang for your buck by way of visual impact. You can find a wide selection of beautiful wallpaper at most home decorating stores. Whether you want a simple pattern, vivid color or bold print, you’re sure to transform your room.
Restyling a room or two doesn’t have to be a daunting (or expensive) task. Consider simple additions such as throw pillows, drapes, rugs or lamps to make an easy transition, or tackle a bigger project such as wallpapering or changing out light fixtures for maximum effect. Either way, you’ll have a fresh new look for the new year.
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