Small Design Changes for a Big Impact

Perhaps you like to change the look of your home regularly. Maybe your home’s style has been the same for far too long. Either way, you’re ready for a change. Consider these design changing ideas.

Just because you want to update your home doesn’t mean you have to spend big bucks. Some simple design and décor changes can make a big impact.

Start with the main living spaces

Before you get started on making changes around your home, make sure you choose a room that will make a big difference to start.

“Updates to the main living spaces, kitchen and master bathroom are typically the most impactful,” says Andrea Burks of Case Design/Remodeling Indy. “I would always suggest starting first with the kitchen.”

The kitchen is a good starting point because you’ll use it on a daily basis, and guests and family tend to gravitate toward this room when you’re entertaining.

Kitchen updates that pack a punch

You don’t have to remodel your kitchen to update the look. “A tile backsplash, multiple options for seating around a large kitchen island, and under-cabinet lightingare simple ways to spruce up a kitchen and make it more inviting,” says Burks.

Adding a backsplash is a simple project you can DIY. You can choose a traditional tile or a peel-and-stick option. Both come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes to suit your style.

If you have dated cabinets or are simply tired of their current color, you can update them with paint over a weekend. Try a neutral white or increasingly popular gray, or go with something unique, like navy blue. “Painting cabinets makes a huge difference in any room,” says Burks.

Big-impact design and décor changes

If you are simply updating out-of-date décor, consider adding some trendy décor to any room. You can paint furniture you already have, such as a coffee table or side table, or add some mixed-metal finishes throughout the room in drawer pulls, handles, frames or vases.

Consider adding some mix-and-match pillows or pops of bold color to make a statement with your décor. A new floor rug and plant fixtures are subtle changes, but they make a big impact. Additionally, swapping out your art will give any room an instantly new feel.

If you’re feeling ambitious, try adding wainscoting to your living room or dining room for an elegant look, or swap out your lighting to completely change your style.

Of course, one of the simplest ways to change your home’s décor is by painting your walls a new color. If you don’t feel like painting an entire room, add an accent wall in a complementary color to the rest of the room to really attract attention.

Updating without spending

If you want to make an update without spending any money, take a look around your home at what you already have. Simply using your everyday items such as books, fresh fruit and saved bottles as décor is a great way to refresh your style.

Rearranging your furniture can open up space or create defined areas in larger rooms while providing a breath of fresh air to a staid room.

Altering your interior décor is one of the simplest ways to fall back in love with your home, and you don’t need a big budget to do so.

This article was originally published at Angie’s List.

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