When you moved into your apartment, were you excited to decorate and make the space feel like home? It likely took some careful consideration to pick the perfect place for your bookshelf and find the right artwork to hang on the walls.
After it was sorted, you may have left well enough alone. But as the weeks, months and years passed, what was once perfect may have become stale and uninspiring.
If you're looking for ways to spruce up your space without breaking the bank, here are some simple suggestions for you:
- Decide on your style before you change a thing
. Not sure where to start? Think of the mood you'd like each room to convey, and keep that in mind as you make changes.
- Look to the floor first
. An area rug can help cover tired floors and give any room a fresh feel.
Here's how to choose the right rug to tie the room together.
- Add some life to your walls
. Use 3M Command Strips to display artwork and framed pictures without drilling or hammering any holes in the walls that you may regret later.
- Position a mirror to reflect more light into the space
. Mirrors can be inexpensive and easy to hang up, place on a mantel, or prop against the wall to instantly make a room feel bigger and brighter.
- Try out some new throw pillows or blanket on your couch
. You will be surprised at the impact a new colour, pattern or texture can bring to your living room.
- Use organization bins and baskets
to keep clutter out of sight.
If you're in need of more serious decluttering, check out this article.
- Change up your bedding
or add a colourful throw or some accent pillows to your bed.
- Display some plants or fresh flowers.
Not only will they help to filter the air but they add visual interest to any room. Stuck for space? Use a window ledge, bookshelf or hanging planter.
- Rearrange your furniture.
Sometimes a simple layout change is all that's needed to give your place a completely new feel.
- Give a sad piece of furniture a makeover.
It's amazing what a coat of paint and some new hardware can do for an otherwise dated piece.
- Light some scented candles
or plug-in a new air freshener.
- Look for double-duty furniture that looks great and helps to store objects
- like an ottoman with a removable top and storage space inside or an old trunk that doubles as a coffee table.
- Treat everyday items like art.
Place some hooks on the wall and hang your mugs or your colourful collection of scarves for all to see.
- Experiment with lighting.
Try a new lampshade, use a dimmer or lower wattage bulb, or simply move your lamp to a different spot in your apartment.
- Store what isn't working.
You don't have to have every decorative piece on display at all times. Put a few things away and try rotating decorations seasonally to keep things fresh and fun.