How to Give Your Home a New LookMarch 9, 2019
Many people wish to give their home a new look but fear they won’t be able to afford a remodel. The good news is, you can revamp your home entirely using what you already have, and the result will be a fresh space with an entirely different energy. Such a home decor redo can help you feel more at home in your space and refresh an old look. Here are a few tips to give your home a new look.
Walk through your home
Your first step is to walk through your home and take a look at everything you have. You’re trying to look at everything through new, objective eyes. This isn’t the stuff you’ve always had: this is a whole new set of items.
Take some pictures of the space and of individual items up close. There are two reasons to do this. First, you can use the pictures to mull over possible changes even when you’re out or while lying in bed. Second, you can hold up pictures to see how things look without having to move all the furniture.
Upgrade what you have
Gorgeous artwork can be very expensive. You can bypass this kind of expense by having canvas prints made of your favorite photographs. These can be as small or as large as you like, and can be of family, landscapes, or unforgettable events.
With the amazing quality of today’s smartphone cameras, you can get prints of the highest quality, indistinguishable from expensive artwork others might pay high prices to obtain.
Don’t forget to take away
When you look at a space in your house, the temptation is to only consider adding. You can do as much, or even more, by removing. Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book and get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy.
In some cases, the answer might be to simply paint or repurpose a piece that isn’t doing what you want. If that doesn’t work, however, don’t be afraid to throw it out or sell it.
Think outside the box
Redoing your home with things you already have means seeing the possibility in items you own and how they might be transformed. Here are a few ideas just to get you started.
Decorate with plates
If you have mismatched plates you’re not using to eat off of, they can make a gorgeous wall display if you put them up in interesting ways. The key is to always have odd numbers and make a sensible pattern.
Transform a coffee table
If you have a coffee table you’re sick of putting in the middle of the living room, you can put it out of the way under a window or along a wall and use it to display decorative items.
Do you have a short bookcase that’s getting in the way? Swap it out for your bedside table. You get to keep the handy storage space while still have a spot for your glasses and books.
If you have a piece of furniture that seems too old and beat up to be useful, try repainting it. If it’s made of wood and the wood has seen better days, give it a full coat of colored paint rather than just a stain and lacquer.
Make it work outside
If a table is taking up too much space, consider moving it outside. It could sit on a porch or become part of your fire pit area. All it needs is some waterproofing to endure the elements, and you’ll have a place to put that iced tea and plate of hot dogs.
Recover the couch
You don’t have to pay for an expensive reupholstering just to re-use the couch. If you’re like most people, you have all kinds of extra sheets, blankets, and throws lying around. Use some of these to cover over a ratty old couch and make it an inviting place to sit again.
There’s a lot you can do with things you already have. The only real limit to how you can transform your home is your own imagination.