It’s a common complaint – that room in your home that just isn’t quite as amazing as you’d like it to be, but it feels too overwhelming (and potentially expensive) to bring it up to modern-day, Pinterest-level standards. Don’t worry – we’re here to help. Here are some of our favorite ways to freshen up any room – without spending a lot of money or time.
Pick Your Palette
While you don’t want your room to feel bland and boring, sometimes color can do more harm than good if it’s not used intentionally – and too many different colors can make a room feel busy or dated. To get started, pick a three-color palette, and stick to it! But don’t just pick three random colors – try and stick to one primary color and two secondary colors to help your room feel cohesive and modern.
Update your Arrangement
Decide how you want your room to function. Maybe you want it to be multi-purpose, or perhaps it has a very defined use. Decide on the different areas/functions you need in your room, and what furniture you will need to make it possible. Consider using furniture in new ways – for example, putting the console table from your entry way behind the loveseat can create a great homework area when you add a couple of bar stools! Sketch out your plan on paper to visualize how to make the best use of your room, and to help you edit out any furniture that you don’t need.
Look up (at your ceiling).
If your room feels outdated and you can’t quite figure out why – look at the ceiling. If it’s looking dingy, give it a good dusting (and maybe a quick clean with some mild detergent). Or consider giving your ceiling a fresh coat of white paint to instantly brighten the whole room. Playing up architectural details like recessed ceilings, crown molding, etc. can also help to make the room feel bigger and brighter.
Spray Paint EVERYTHING. Ok, maybe not everything.
Spray paint can really help to pull a look together. If your fixtures are different finishes (your lighting is pewter, your hardware is brass, your picture frames are a dozen different hues, etc), your room can look busy and far from cohesive. Luckily, a can of spray paint is inexpensive – and can make your room feel instantly more consistent and intentional. Try spraying your light fixtures, lamp bases, small hardware (drawer pulls and the like), picture frames, an accessory or two – whatever you see that looks “out of place” in your room. Voila! A low-cost, updated feel to your room’s design.
Update your Lighting
Relying on a single overhead light could be making your room feel a little blah. Using a variety of lighting sources can help to brighten up your room – literally! Add intentional lighting that is functional. Table lamps are a great way to add ambiance to a seating area – but make sure that you’re selecting lamps at the right height/wattage, you won’t want a bulb that shines right in your eyes. Also think about how to add task lighting to purpose-driven areas, like a desk or craft table. You want your room to feel welcoming and useable.
Less is More.
Embrace your inner minimalist, and edit down your room’s contents. Having too many “things” in your room can make it feel cluttered and far from the relaxing oasis you’re looking for. Clear out any piles of clutter and knickknacks that you don’t need. Only keep the things that bring you joy. Your room should make you feel good – if your clutter doesn’t, get rid of it.
Sit back and enjoy!
That’s it! What you should now have is a room that functions well for your life – and looks fresh and new, without costing a lot of money. By focusing on function, sticking to a color scheme, and getting rid of the extra “stuff” in your room, you’ve created a space that is both Pinterest-worthy and purposeful. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy the results of your hard work!