by Prithwiraj Dutta July 12, 2016
If you're looking to change the entire look of a room – or want to restore the room to its former glory – one of the most powerful things you can do is repaint. A fresh coat of paint can bring a room to life and totally transform the look of the space. This is especially true if you're going from one end of the color wheel to another.
The walls in your home present a great opportunity to draw attention upwards and maximize the visual space in a given room. Unfortunately, many people underutilize wall space. For a cheap and effective redesign, focus on taking advantage of this area.
One incredibly simple idea is to create a gallery wall and make it the focal point of the living room. If you're unfamiliar with gallery walls, they are unique arrangements of different wall frames.
Sometimes you don't even have to bring anything new into the home to give your interior design a facelift. Something as simple as a furniture rearrangement can yield a fresh look.
This is especially easy to do if you have a modular sofa set that can be positioned in a variety of different ways. Just check out all of the different ways this modular sofa can be arranged. This flexibility allows you to change the feel and flow of a room to meet any need.
Sometimes the best accessories and design pieces are the ones you already have. Find ways to repurpose and reimagine elements that are hidden away in storage or currently being overpowered by other things.
"Reinvent a drab dresser in a guest bedroom as a dramatic dining-room sideboard with a few coats of glossy black paint and sparkling new hardware," says designer Leah Hennen. "Make over that old couch with a slipcover in a fabulous fabric. Turn plain pillows into eye-catching accents by stenciling simple designs on them. After all, there's no better budget stretcher than your imagination."
Over the past few years, wall decals have grown in popularity. And while they're incredibly versatile design elements, they're also very cost-effective. This makes them an ideal solution for refreshing your home on a budget.
Look around at what others are doing and see if you can derive some unique inspiration from their examples. The only limit is your own creativity. Try combining different shapes and colors. If a room feels small and constricted, placing decals higher up on the walls can draw attention upwards. This elongates the room and makes it feel bigger. Speaking of making rooms feel bigger, you can also use large mirrors to add some depth to small spaces.
Regardless of whether you have hardwood floors or carpet, area rugs can be used to change the entire look of a room. Best of all, they aren't permanent. This means you can swap them out as frequently as you'd like.
"An area rug can help quiet a room's décor, or turn up its volume. Use neutral colours such as beige, ivory, taupe, or gray to put more focus on your furniture and any artwork," says real estate expert Ryan Gray. "Or step outside your decorating comfort zone and opt for a bold colour or striking pattern to make it the focal point of the room."
While the bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in the home, it also tends to be one of the more difficult spaces to decorate. One little element can change the entire look of the room and you have to be very careful that you don't go overboard.
One of simplest and most effective things you can do is swap out that old, boring shower curtain for a new, brighter one. In fact, if you choose the right shower curtain, this may be all you need to give the bathroom a new appearance. Since the shower curtain essentially serves as one of the bathroom walls, this fresh update can produce a brand new look.
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