Whether you are looking to freshen up a single room or your entire house, you don’t necessarily need an interior designer to help you achieve the right look and feel as long as you are confident about your decisions.
1. Begin Where it Matters Most
When decorating your house, it is best to go room by room. Most people start in the room where they spend the most time in. We normally start with common areas and slowly move towards bathrooms and bedrooms, followed by less critical spaces like the laundry room, storerooms, or linen closet.
2. Consider Your Personal Space
While tackling your living room may be the ideal first step, don’t forget about your bedroom too. A bedroom doesn’t require extensive plumbing, electrical work and new appliances that a kitchen or bathroom may require. You can simply create a new look by adding new paint and light fixtures to enhance the space.
3. Determine How Much Change You Want
Decide whether your vision requires simple changes like hanging new drapes or moving furniture or a months-long project that requires construction and plenty of DIY projects. This isn’t just about how skilled you are but also what your appetite is for making a mess. If you are not up for having your living room covered n tarps for weeks to remove a wall or paint the walls, you should just stick to simply moving furniture and art around and patching nail holes.
4. Know your Budget
Even a tight budget can also accomplish a new look and feel for your room. It just means you have to be strategic about how you spend your money. You can either paint the walls with a new color or upgrade the lightbulbs to LED that will give you a dimmer or brighter look.
5. Take Advantage of Design Blogs
Interior design magazines and blogs often showcase a heavily curated look that can seem intimidating. However, they provide various looks that will fit your house in any way, hopefully within your budget. Homeowners should take advantage of online resources as it is easier to find similar pieces of furniture at a lower price compared to the pieces of a designer’s home.
6. Avoid TV as Focal Point
In a common area like your living room, the layout is crucial. You can encourage more conversation and less focus on the television by keeping the TV from becoming the focal point of the space. In recent years, TV has become less prevalent. Thus, consider placing your TV off-center. Samsung even offers a magnetic frame you can attach to your TV which allows you to set the screen to an image when it’s off, making it look like framed art.
7. Make It Lively
Don’t limit your décor to just framed photographs. It is important to focus on giving a room more life and texture with plants and natural elements. People are starting to bring in outdoor nature indoor. If you are skeptical about keeping plants alive, you can also bring in paintings that show off the landscape to bring aspects of the outdoors inside without requiring regular upkeep.
8. Go Traditional on Key Pieces
If you are excited about new trends and want to embrace the new patterns and color, remember to keep your large pieces of furniture like couch and coffee table more traditional and neutral so that they have more versatility and longevity. You can then use accessories to bring out the trends, so when trends change, it’s easier to update.