Making your house a home makes a real difference. A lot of people feel like they want to decorate their living space but aren’t super into fashion or design. They struggle with what to do to spruce things up. They end up sitting in bland living rooms and staring at blank walls.
Life doesn’t have to be so drab! Even if you’re not into fashion trends, there are simple steps you can take to make your home’s style uniquely yours. There are certain spots at home where small changes will make a huge difference. Let’s take a look at 5 things you can do to improve your home’s decor.
Buy Some Plants
Adding some green to your house is a great way to make your home feel more inviting and calmer. There’s something so fulfilling about nurturing plants and seeing them grow. It’s an investment of time that pays off in spades with how beautiful they make a room feel.
Plants are an affordable way to improve the look of a bedroom, dining room or foyer. They don’t require any sledgehammers or nail guns either. You can find a decent variety at your neighborhood home improvement store or take a weekend trip to a nursery to find something more unique.
Think About a Granite Upgrade
Depending on the age of your house or apartment, you may have some older finishes in the kitchen and bathrooms. Changing old vinyl countertops for upscale granite is a great choice for a stylish improvement. The granite looks fantastic, is very durable and offers a great return on investment if you ever decide to sell.
New granite countertops aren’t the cheapest upgrade you can buy, but they’re well worth every penny. The cost of a granite countertop upgrade depends a lot on whether you’re planning on DIYing the installation and how rare of a granite strain you choose. Typical granite countertops cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,500. Buying granite slabs wholesale and installing them yourself can save you money but be careful. Making mistakes can be costly. Just make sure you don’t chip or crack slabs when you’re setting them in place.
Buy Quality Furniture
If you’re like most people, at some point in your life you look around your house and realize all your furniture is a mix and match of items you’ve collected over the years. There’s no uniform look, and most of the stuff is in varying stages of disrepair.
When there’s money in the budget, one of the best investments you can make in your home is to buy quality, well-designed furniture. You’ll smile every time you walk into the house or sit on that lovely couch to watch some tv.
Walking into a nice furniture store can be intimidating. Where do you start? Luckily, most nice stores have consultants walking the floor who can help point you in the right direction. They’ll talk to you about color palettes and personal style preferences that will help narrow your search.
Put Some Effort into Lighting
Make sure your home is well-lit. Lighting levels have a profound effect on living spaces. Light makes things feel open and larger. Good light levels increase positive vibes and lift people’s moods. Invest in good quality light bulbs so your home doesn’t feel dark and dreary.
Also, spend the money to buy nice lamps and lighting fixtures that make a statement. A little color or a modern lamp can add a lot to your interior design. As with most interior design, accents around the room like lamps make a big difference in the overall aesthetic. The new lights are a great update to decor that you can move around as you see fit.
Take Some Risk with Color
Don’t be afraid to mess around with colors. That’s not meant to say go crazy and paint your wall bright pink. Go for it if it’s your style, but some people are so frozen by what they THINK interior design is, that they fail to express themselves in their home decor.
If you love minimalist design, it’s perfectly alright to have white walls and sleek kitchen cabinets with smooth lines. However, don’t hold back on adding in color if you want to try something new. Start small by buying a colorful lamp or piece of art to hang on the wall. Keep going as you become more comfortable integrating color into your home decor.
The color palette in your home decor will affect the way you feel inside. Too much color can become too noisy, but the right amount adds a bit of fun and flair to your house’s design. After all, your home’s decor should be an expression of who you are. Don’t be afraid to let yourself out with the furniture, fixtures and paint you choose for your house.