Summer is now officially here, so it’s time to throw off the winter woolens and open the windows. If you’re keen to give your home a refresh, but don’t have a tremendous amount of time or a big budget to do so, there are still plenty of simple yet effective projects you can tackle as the weather warms up. Read on for some décor changes to add to your to-do list today.
Rejuvenate the Walls
Painting your whole home is a time-consuming task and typically a reasonably expensive one if you hire a contractor to do it. However, you can add pizazz to your home by painting feature walls in any rooms needing more oomph. When going down this design path, it pays to choose a contrasting paint color to the main shade in the room. Alternatively, opt for a darker variation of the current palette used on the other walls in a room, for a subtler look.
You can do other things with paint, too. For example, add a rectangle of color over your couch, in a contrasting hue, and use this highlighted area as a gallery, hanging photos and artwork over it. It’s also fun to paint the inside of bookshelves in bright shades to liven up a room. Doing this task creates a “wow” display for your special books, trinkets, statues, photos, etc. Also, if your kitchen needs a lift, paint old cabinets in a fresh new hue. Adding color to kitchens in this way is a big trend for 2020.
Turn Your Bedroom Into a Calming Retreat
We spend around a third of our lives asleep, plus time in our bedrooms doing other things, so it pays to have a restful space you find calming and soothing. As such, a décor change you can make is turning your bedroom into the retreat of your dreams. Upgrade to a new mattress if your current one is old, worn out, or simply doesn’t suit your body or other factors, including the size or shape of your bedroom. If you don’t want to outlay funds on a whole new mattress, or just want to add more plushness to your current product, add a foam mattress topper for a better night’s sleep.
Pay attention, too, to the linen you use on your bed. You want to have sheets, duvet covers, blankets, pillowcases, throws, etc. that look good, make the room feel like an oasis, and that are also lovely to the touch. Try to choose natural materials that are comfortable to sleep on and don’t cause too much sweating or itchiness. Organic cotton and hypoallergenic bamboo and other fibers also help with limiting asthma and allergies.
Re-Tile the Kitchen Backsplash
A project that takes a little more effort on your part, but that can also have noticeable results is re-tiling your kitchen backsplash. For this job, you should only need a few square feet of tile. You won’t have to outlay a lot of money on heaps of boxes of tiles. In fact, you may pick up discounted products for this kind of work, since you can buy end-of-line wares with small amounts left in stock that retailers want to get rid of.
If you’re new to tiling, completing a backsplash is a practical way to learn, being a small area. There are plenty of YouTube videos and other online tutorials to help you pick up what you need. Alternatively, hire a handyman happy to do small tasks.
Design-wise, add wow-factor hand-painted Moroccan tiles, exquisite mosaics, or other accented options to draw the eye in your kitchen or go for elegant marble effect tiles, classic subway tiles, or those done in bright colors to bring more life to an otherwise dull room.
Add Area Rugs
Another excellent way to give your home a different appearance is to introduce area rugs into rooms. These make spaces feel more inviting, comfortable, and homely and also tie a space’s décor together. Use well-chosen mats to act as the focal point in rooms, or to help prevent chair-scraping noises and related damage in dining areas.
These days, there is a vast variety of rugs on offer, both online and in stores. You’ll find affordable options to suit every architectural style, color palette, and budget, including classic Oriental designs, bright geometric prints, popular-again shags, and more.
Many people put off updating their home’s interiors as they think this work is always labor-intensive and costly. However, as you can see from the above suggestions, there are plenty of steps you can take to refresh your home this summer, no matter how much time or money you have available.