Want to update your home but aren’t sure where to start? It can be intimidating to start re-designing your living spaces, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are our top 7 hacks on how to get your home decor a bright and easy refresh.
1. Display art in new ways
Having one picture per wall is an old style and it can make a house look rather dated. Instead, try the versatility of a picture rail to help you display multiple pieces in one area. You can adjust these so that you can arrange a number of large pictures or a gallery of smaller framed items, and you’ll be able to adjust and personalise your display whenever you want. Remember, you don’t just have to hang paintings. You could opt to have photos, posters, quotes, or even objects like souvenirs on display.
2. Get the colours right
Your colour scheme will be the base for all your decor, so you need to make sure you get it right. It’s always worth getting a paint sample before you start painting a whole wall in case you choose the wrong colour initially. You should also consider whether you want warm or cold colours, vibrant or pastel, and what kind of tones you like. Picking paint colours can be a challenge, but as long as you take time and choose carefully, you’ll be sure to get it right.
3. Feature walls always work
Feature walls have been a home decor hack for years because they’re a timeless idea. Whether you want to have one wall a different colour or whether you want a patterned wallpaper on one wall, there are plenty of options to pick from. However, if you’re making a feature wall, it’s worth keeping that wall clear from clutter and pictures if possible.
4. Pick different themes for different rooms
If you’re worried your home might all look the same when you’re done, try to select different themes or feels for each room. Think about what you use the room for and what kind of mood you want in that room, and go from there. Of course, you might still want to make sure that all the rooms look cohesive together. Try to avoid being able to see clashing colours through doorways.
5. Make your own decorations
If you want to put a bit of yourself into your home, there are plenty of ways to make your own decorations. You could paint a mural on a wall, weave a tapestry, or even make your own flower vases. Once you get started, you’ll find you have many ideas for things you can do. You can even look at redoing your upholstery to create unique sofas and chairs, or you could try your hand at making a quilt hanging. If you can dream it, you can probably make it.
6. Bring plants indoors
Whether you have a garden or not, it can still really make a room feel pleasant if you bring plants indoors. There are plenty of indoor plants that you can choose from. You could go for having a few simple potted plants around, or you could go as far as having a living wall of climbing plants. Not only do plants make rooms look brighter, but they can also improve your mood and health, so it’s well worth having plants. Plus, an aloe vera plant in a kitchen is always a good idea in case of cooking accidents.
7. Make sure you have enough lighting
Lighting is vital to stop a room from feeling gloomy, but many of us have rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light. You can solve this by adding lamps or mirrors. Adding lamps to the corners of rooms will really help make rooms feel larger, while mirrors will help you reflect natural light and make the most of the sunshine, even if you have relatively small windows. Try colour-changing lightbulbs if you want to use your lamps to set a certain mood in your home.
Home decor hacks: Summary
Decorating your home doesn’t have to be intimidating. There are plenty of easy hacks to make sure you can make changes with minimal fuss. Be sure to focus on the basics such as colour, theme and lighting before thinking about decorations and furnishings, and then you can’t go wrong.