High-Impact Home Updates You Can Make in an Hour or Less
If you’re thinking your place is looking a little flat and you’re in the mood to mix it up a bit, consider one of these quick, but impactful fixes that add a fresh perspective and instant appeal. Bonus: Many of these ideas won’t cost you a thing—because though you may want a home that looks professionally decorated and like it costs a million bucks, there’s no reason to spend that kind of money. Keep scrolling for nine affordable and stylish design updates.
You wouldn’t believe the impact adding a tall or potted plant can make on a room’s décor. From the vibrant pop of green a plant adds to your home to filling up an empty corner or bookshelf, a plant will inject new life into your space—literally.
Play with proportion, scale, and general lighting by swapping the locations of your table and floor lamps. Switch the pair in your bedroom with the ones that have been in your living room for years, or reposition a floor lamp from one side of the room to another to see your space in a whole new light.
We always say that to make a room look loftier and more grand, you should hang your curtains as wide and close to the ceiling as possible. If you have yet to heed this advice, now is the time. Raising your rod will visually enlarge your entire space.
If your kitchen is feeling cluttered and you could use a visual break, take some time to clear off your countertops and find new places to store your small appliances and utensils. This seemingly small change will enable your kitchen to feel larger, cleaner, and more sophisticated.
Take a look around your space to determine if the furniture, artwork, and accessories feel equally distributed. Thinking things are a little lopsided? Try moving around your heaviest or most hefty pieces so they aren’t all corralled in one corner, and redistribute small chairs and tables until the space feels more visually harmonious.
Similar to your table lamps, if the same piece of art has been hanging over your sofa for years, try switching it out for two smaller pieces currently in your hallway, or even rearranging a salon-style gallery wall to make your existing items feel fresh and new.
We always advocate for layered lighting, meaning, overhead lights, task lighting (like a table lamp), and accent lighting (the kind you get with sconces). Yet, when all of your light bulbs give off the same amount of light, the benefits of having multiple lighting sources becomes obsolete. Consider dialing down the wattage or lumens in some of your fixtures to find a more flattering glow and overall balance.
Bring color to your kitchen, warm up your sisal with a small accent piece layered on top, or make your bedroom feel cozier by adding an area rug. Injecting color, pattern, and texture into any space, area rugs will give any room a cozier and more luxurious feel.
It’s easy: A clean home is a happy home. How can you get the most out of a mirror or enjoy the grain of a wood when it’s dusty? Wiping down your baseboards, scrubbing a doorjamb covered with fingerprints, or running a rag over your windowsills will help your home’s architectural details stand out and leave everything looking its best.
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