There is nothing more satisfying than helping clients create the home of their dreams, one they look forward to coming home to every single day. Some of them, however, are always on the go and don’t have the time or extra energy to deal with a home remodel, renovation or redecoration. Rather, they want a new look quickly, without a big investment of time or money.
Decorating for busy clients who are looking for an instant home transformation is one of my favorite challenges. I’ve done it lots of times. In this blog, I share some of my hottest tips on how to create a quick and easy home refresh.
There’s no need to go out and get something new. Instead, think of going in the opposite direction and declutter. It’s a great place to start, because you can’t redecorate anyway without getting your room organized. The best way to start is to get rid of anything you haven’t used in over a year to free up storage space. There’s no limit to the number of beautifully made storage baskets that don’t have to be stashed away in a closet.
New Paint Job
Not only will a new paint job make any room of your house look like it’s freshly designed, it will also give you an opportunity to experiment with color. If you’re reluctant to take the plunge with different hues, stick to a basic white or other neutral color. They will always make a room appear larger and brighter.
If you’re willing to go out on a limb with a new color, why not try just a single wall, such as the one behind your bed. You don’t have much to lose because you can always paint over your failed experiment. It has long been established that color affects our mood, because we are wired so that our brains automatically associate certain colors with certain emotions. Everyone has a natural reaction to color. For example, the blue-green tones of the sea can make you feel calm, while a bunch of daffodils or roses can cheer you up. It follows, then, that the colors you choose for your home can have an impact on your mood.
Express Your Style with Wallpaper
Covering one, two or all the walls of a room will instantly change its look. Wallpaper hanging is a great job for a do-it-yourselfer.
Large patterns and murals are hot right now. Both wallpaper and murals are wonderful options for giving a room an update or injecting some personality to your décor scheme. They create visual interest by providing a sense of depth and texture, and by adding color to an interior space.
Have you ever considered wallpaper on a ceiling? It can make your entire room look larger, provide character, add patterns and details to a design scheme, or hide blemishes.
There are lots of brands on the market that are removable, so if you’re not happy with the results, no worries, you can easily take it down.
Rearrange the Furniture
This one’s a no-brainer. Switching up your living room or bedroom’s layout is simple, quick and doesn’t cost a dime! You can even repurpose underused furniture from other rooms rather than buy new pieces. It’s also easy to experiment. If you don’t like the look, just return the furniture to its original place or try something else.
Here are a few more of my favorite tips. First, promote intimacy and conversation by arranging furniture in groupings. For example, create a U-shape with your sofa and two chairs facing each other at opposite ends of your coffee table. Chairs should face each other, not the TV. Second, avoid pushing all your furniture against the walls to create more “space.” In fact, placing the furniture away from the walls will make your room appear larger.
Bring in Greenery
This is another easy one: inexpensive, simple and healthy. Plants and flowers will add a touch of biophilia and help maintain your air quality. You will have to do a little research to find out which plants will thrive indoors or with or without sunlight. Quick tip: Home Depot offers a one-year guarantee on its plants and will refund your money if they don’t survive. Make sure you save your receipt.
Have you thought about an indoor herb garden for your kitchen? All you need is a little space and a handful of pots. I happen to love herb growing kits with lights – they are colorful, bright and it’s fun to watch your herbs grow.
Add Window Treatments
This is another easy DIY project. You can make a huge impact on your space with window treatments. Curtains or a simple Roman shade can add warmth and charm. And while you’re at it, get a new curtain for your shower!
Are you ready to home to a home that you love? Give me a call so we can discuss what you have in mind.