5 Affordable Ways to Redecorate Your Home in the New Year
5 AFFORDABLE WAYS TO REDECORATE YOUR HOME IN THE NEW YEAR
A new year is a new opportunity to start fresh, explore your passions, and make changes. Some people want to go to the gym, others vow to get more out of life, while still others promise to start working on projects that they have been putting off.
After spending a lot of time indoors, it is not surprising to want to work on your living space. Maybe you want a small project like decluttering the basement or a large renovation like installing new windows with integral blinds. If your New Year’s resolution is to redecorate your home, check out these five ideas for how to get started.
1. Change Your Color Palette
Color is a fun way to change up the feel of your home. It might be one of the most obvious ways to change the look of a room, but a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the aesthetics of a house. White paint looks sleek and refined, but it could easily get marked or stained through daily-life accidents.
If it’s been a few years, it might time to refresh the coat or bring a brand new color into the mix. Grey is a great color that is both neutral and stylish. It can be an unnoticeable background that lets your other decor pop or an effective accent piece for the room.
A color change does not have to be reserved for the walls. Get new accent pieces for the furniture and decor that bring in a pop of color. Instead of buying a new couch, find a bright couch cover or pillows that change up the style of the living room. In the bathroom, you can add a colorful new shower curtain and towels to breathe life into the space.
2. Help the Environment
We are all looking for ways to improve the quality of our lives while also making sure we leave a positive impact on the world that we share. An easy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly renovation project for your home is to update the fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen.
Updating your bathroom to include low-flow showerheads and sinks is an easy project that you can complete in an hour. The fixtures are specially designed so that you use less water without sacrificing water pressure. These projects are easy to complete and do not require a professional. Plus, they use less water which will save money on your water bill.
3. Get Crafty
Maybe your New Year’s resolution is not to redecorate your home, but rather to explore a hobby that you have always been interested in. Depending on the hobby, your home could benefit from how you spend your time.
Crafty hobbies provide a lot of opportunities to create decor for your home. Knit a new blanket for the family room, cross-stitch a special design for the bedroom, make a candle for the bathroom. Take this opportunity to explore your passions and interests, then take pride in them by adding them to the decor.
Even if crafting is not something you want to keep doing, you can spend an afternoon creating an interesting accent piece for your house. You can create a unique window treatment by using cardboard and wrapping paper from your Christmas presents. You can make a closet organizer from some old shoeboxes. You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to crafting.
4. Take Advantage of the Wall Space
An open wall is a canvas on which you can tell a story. Show off your imagination by filling your walls with art and pieces that make you feel fulfilled. If you want to get crafty, you can hang paintings, cross-stitches, and designs that you create on the walls of your den or bedroom.
Add shelves where you can display your tchotchkes, books, or pictures prominently in your home. You can also create a gallery way by hanging pictures and posters of different sizes in a unique arrangement on any wall in your house. Hanging pieces is an easy and affordable way to add your personality and memories to the decor of your home.
5. Commune with Nature
You do not have to keep nature outside of your house. Plants are an exciting way to add color to your interior, especially if you live in an apartment and cannot change the wall color. The lush, vibrant greens of the stems and leaves and the muted browns of the pots create an interesting contrast that brightens the room. An indoor plant can also filter the air inside your house or apartment, reducing your indoor air pollution and improving your mental health.
Remember, plants are living things. You have to care for them, feed them, and make sure that they get enough sunlight to survive. While this might seem like a big responsibility and a burden, taking care of your plants can be a meditative experience that gets you out of your head, and makes you think about something else.
You have an exciting new year ahead of you and you can do whatever you want with it. If you are planning a renovation or redesign of your home, consider these five ideas and you will have a great time adding a new flair to your life.
This post was provided by Jennifer Bell. Jennifer is a freelance blogger currently working and writing for Leading Integral Blinds. Her expertise is writing about home design with a focus on windows, blinds, and doors.