Whether you’re working from home, helping the kids with virtual school, or staying home longer than you normally would due to social distancing, you my have decided to make some updates to your living space. The right interior design accents can make you feel more at home, increase your ability to concentrate, and even lift your mood. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to update your space. Here are five easy ideas to shake up your interior design.
1 Decorate the Walls
Choosing an accent wall for a room in your home can make a huge difference in how you feel when you walk into the space. You can paint your living room in a bold color that matches the rest of the color scheme. For instance, if you've used shades of gray and blue in the room, an accent wall in a jewel tone like amethyst or emerald will make the area more inviting. If you want your bedroom to feel more tranquil, try pastel or muted shades like dusty rose or lavender for your accent wall. Large wall art is another way to update your space, and you don't even have to paint. Choose a print that features several colors as the feature piece in a monochromatic room. Or, customize your artwork by enlarging a candid photo of your loved ones and framing it.
2 Update the Cabinets and Counters
Resurfacing the counters in your bathroom or kitchen can change the look of the entire space. You can work with a contractor to find materials that are affordable and match the color scheme of the room. For a DIY project, change the handles on your cabinets and drawers. This may seem like a small change, but new drawer knobs and cabinet handles can instantly make your kitchen or bathroom look especially refined and sophisticated.
3 Improve Your Lighting
The lighting in a room can make it easier to fall asleep, concentrate on important tasks, or spend quality time with family and friends. Lights with a red or orange tinge can energize your brain and make it easier to ignite your passions. Blue lights promote a sense of calm and are ideal for a reading corner or bedroom. Brighter lights that give off a stark shade of white or yellow are ideal for the outdoor area of your home since they make it easier to see the driveway or front door. Bright lights also make great accent lighting if you want to showcase artwork or distinct furniture accents.
4 Include a Signature Furniture Piece
Update the look of any room in your home by including a standout furniture piece that you can decorate the room around. A large, ornate vase in the corner of the living room that is multi-colored is a perfect piece to break up the monotony of a neutral-toned room. Or, you can choose a small table made from a noticeable material like glass or mahogany for the hallway or foyer as a space to display your collector's items. These furniture pieces don't have to be expensive; they just need to be visually appealing to tie together the decorative theme of the space.
5 Add a Pop of Color with Accessories
A burst of color is a great way to make your interior design more appealing. If your living room is decorated with shades of brown and gray, add throw pillows in shades of purple, orange or red to make the area more inviting. If your bedroom is decorated in black and white, a colorful area rug can make a big difference in the overall look of the room. Colorful curtains also brighten a room, so you can add a little color to your bathroom or kitchen with an affordable window treatment.
These simple changes make it easier for you to incorporate your personality and decorative style into your home. Most of these projects are cost-effective and you can complete them over the weekend, so you'll get the instant gratification of updating your home and boosting your mood. When you see what a huge difference these decorative updates make in your home, you may be more motivated to make more major changes to your home that will make your living space a more comfortable place to live and work.