Whether you own or rent your home, it’s your sanctuary from the world. You want it looking as pleasant as possible. Doing entire room makeovers is not something the average person can do every time they get bored with a room. It’s just not in the budget. However, there are many ideas of things you can do to add a different element to a room. They will augment and enhance the existing décor of the room, giving it a much-deserved ‘facelift.’
Many of these projects are not expensive and do not require a lot of expertise. Rather, they need you to make them your own and add to the ambiance of your home. You can adapt them to suit your pocket and style. Remember, the look you create in the rooms of your house should speak volumes about who you are. That may mean that they’re not the trendiest looks around. That’s okay. Authentic is the new trendy. So, keep it real when it comes to décor. Don’t become a slave to the latest fads. You’ll wind up with a living room you hate and a bedroom that keeps you awake at night!
Take a look at some of these inspirations and let your imagination do the rest!
Laundry room greenery
A laundry room tends to be a very functional space. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t give it a new lease on life with a small accent such as a leafy wreath or some flowers. Give yourself something calming to look at while you fold those endless pairs of socks!
Bathroom storage options
Changing from traditional towel rails and hoops can add a new dimension to your bathroom. A row of hooks is a different approach and its functional. A small shelf can be used to put up some framed favorite photos or prints. Avoid mounting with double-sided tape. The moisture in the bathroom degrades it.
Curtains are key
Floor-length white curtains set against white walls add a natural, airy feel to a room. They also allow in more light than darker colored curtains would. Coupled with wooden floors, they create a vintage country style effect. Use a slightly extended rail so that you can open the curtains fully.
If you’ve got a big space to decorate, consider using blue. Traditionally viewed as a cold color, it is also a soothing color. If you’re all in, make the walls and floor of your room blue. Contrast it with some furniture pieces in warmer tones such as orange and brown.
A place of peace and focus
Change up your study with dark wood pieces for your desk and shelving. Use coarse-textured carpeting of a lighter shade. A study is an excellent place to have blinds that you can open fully to let in the light. Finish it off with an interesting center light fixture.
Two is better than one!
Two-tone furniture is very effective. It creates a contrast that is interesting to the eye. You can introduce a third and fourth color to the mix by having your walls and floors a different color. Be sure to keep some colors neutral; otherwise, the room becomes too busy, and the colors clash.
A gallery wall is an excellent addition to any room where you have wall space available. Try using a standard set of frames. Print your selected photos in black and white or sepia to create a sense of uniformity. Experiment with the configuration of the gallery wall so that it appeals to your eye.
Unique bathroom basin storage
To declutter your bathroom basin area but still have all your goodies within reach, try this out. Put up a wood panel with some adjustable metal hoop straps. Buy glass jars and strap them into place. Put your different pieces in the jars to keep them safe and out of the way.
Repurposed drawer chest
Combine the old with the new and create an interesting storage space. Use plastic storage baskets to replace wooden drawers. It allows you to organize and be able to see what’s in the containers without pulling them out. You can also use wicker baskets. Careful measuring is needed to ensure your containers will fit.
A narrow wooden bench is ideal for wall space in a passageway. Paint the legs white but keep the seat area natural for a farmhouse effect. Scatter some cushions on the bench. Use different sizes, shapes, and patterns to create an authentic effect. Too much uniformity may seem contrived.
Cubed wall display
Wooden display cubes are popular right now. You can get them in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes. If you want to paint yours, buy them in raw, unfinished wood. Buy a range of different shapes and mount them on the wall. Store books, ornaments, and keepsakes in your display cubes.
Discreet broom closet
If you’re low on space when putting in your kitchen cabinets, add a cupboard with a narrow recess. It is ideal for use as a broom closet and for storing your cleaning consumables there too. Put a row of hooks in the back so you can hang brushes, etc. up.
Add some color
Stick to shades and tones of one or two neutral colors when decorating a room. It has a very soothing effect which is why it’s perfect for a bedroom. To finish off the look, add one piece that is a bright color. It becomes the focal point and draws the eye naturally.
That’s a wrap!
Consider a more modern take on the traditional storage or display cube. It’s a two-tier wrap-around product that’s designed to be fitted on a wall corner. It saves space, is functional, and creates a very effective look. In your living room, this space can be used for books, photographs, and other mementos.
Light it up!
It’s worth the time and effort to shop around for interesting light fixtures. You can make sure they’re functional and suit your needs. And you can also opt for unique pieces that create the effect you desire in the room. Our eyes are drawn to light, so special fixtures always capture our attention.
No more chaos at the front door
During winter, the entrance hall is always a mess of boots, hats, scarves, and coats. Get the area organized. Put wooden crates on the floor for storage purposes. Have a row of hooks for hanging bags and clothes. You can even personalize it by labeling each family member’s hook.
Romance isn’t dead!
For a soft, rustic look, nothing beats candlelight. You can invest in some lanterns and hang them on hooks on the walls. Then, even if the lights are working, you can change the tone and mood of the room by using candlelight instead. Plus, you’re already prepared in the event of a blackout!
Improvised display unit
Use an old ladder or construct something similar. This is a great addition as it allows you to store or display items above the toilet. This area is usually referred to as dead space as it’s hardly ever used. Paint it white, so it blends into the clean lines of the bathroom.
If you get to redecorate your bathroom, consider a shower bigger than the standard size. Put recesses in the walls to act as storage shelves. Mosaic tiling on the floor and upper wall create unity the effect of all the elements in the room. Keep a basket of towels handy at the shower door.
Asymmetry is the new symmetry!
When looking for storage spaces, look at the unconventional options around you. Whether it’s a TV console, a sideboard, or bedside cabinets, think outside the box. Asymmetrical lines and contrasting colors create a pleasing effect and almost always get a second look. Pieces such as these easily become the focal point of the room.
The triptych effect
Create an eye-catching effect with a trio of frames that portray one image. Whether it’s something natural or a landscape photograph, this effect gives the image a whole new look. Use identical frames and space them uniformly. If you do this against a white wall with a monochromatic image, black frames are striking.
TV wall mounting
Use rough-hewn pieces of wood from old furniture or pallets to create an interesting background to mount your TV on. Cut them in different lengths and make the edges look rough and warn. Add a white stain or chalk paint to create a distressed look. Arrange them in a deliberately unbalanced configuration.
Custom wall unit
You can design and order and functional wall unit for your TV area or make it yourself. It gives you the freedom to make sure the shelves are placed exactly as you want them. Leave sufficient space between the shelves to mount your TV. Use some drawers under the bottom shelf for extra storage.
Creative hallway table
You can utilize half a used cable spool to make a striking table under a mirror. It must be sawn in half with precision. Sand it down afterward. You can choose to leave the wood raw or varnish it. And, best of all, you’ll have the second half to use elsewhere in your home!
Hang it up!
Instead of mounting shelves with conventional brackets, make a hanging shelf. Use strong cord or plastic-coated wire. Bend it in half. Attach the ends to either side of the shelf. Hang the shelf by placing the bend in the hook in the wall. Store interesting knick-knacks or small potted plants on your shelf.