50 Fresh and Easy Home Decor Ideas That Will Instantly Transform Your Space
If your residence is scheduled for a renovation, but you have a limited budget and have less time, you're in the right place. We came up with over 50 ideas for decorating homes that will get you started. With just an accent wall, colorful lightbulb, or new throw pillow, you can make an entire space feel modern, trendy, but traditional, and refined. The most enjoyable? You can address each of these decorating ideas in one day, although the results will appear more extensive than they actually were.
TAKE A NEW PLACE FOR FLORALS
If you routinely keep a vase of flowers in your kitchen or living room, amplify your passion for fresh flowers throughout the house. It's the perfect opportunity to invest in a new piece of pottery for your bedroom or bathroom. This apartment in New York is designed by Katie Ridder, and features a globe-shaped vase that adds a funky detail. Alternatively, choose alternative flowers that are more durable if the expense of real flowers is too great.
SWAP OUT ART
Whether you have a handful of small frames, like in this bedroom designed by Jae Joo, or larger ones on a wall that extends across the room, you can easily alter them with new additions. Rip out pages from a book of stories or visit a flea market to find new works.
ADD A MIRROR
Overlap a large mirror above your mantel as Alison Victoria, HGTV's star, did in her Atlanta apartment, or dedicate another empty wall space—whether it's in your hallway, entrance, or bedroom. Not only will it look attractive, but it will enhance the sensation of space and brightness.
REVISE COFFEE TABLE BOOKS
If you cannot resist a good coffee table book, add a new one to your collection. Alternatively, if you keep them in multiple locations throughout your home, simply reorganize your stacks to have a different appearance. This space was designed by Barrie Benson, it functions as a living room, here the four stacks could be rearranged and reorganized using only the books on the table.
ATTACH DECOR TO A SHELVING UNIT
Don't you have any extra space on your walls for art? No problem. Attach decorations to paintings and sconces via hangers, utilize a shelving unit to support plants and bookmarks. Here's a tutorial on how to hang artwork on bookshelves to assist you in the process—including tips from designer Marissa Bero, who has utilized this strategy in numerous libraries in homes including the one depicted here.
SET UP AN EYE-CLICKING SPOT FOR READING
No area dedicated to reading? No problem. If your home lacks any extra space to turn into a reading nook, design your formal living room to serve as both a cozy lounge and a reading space. Here, Heidi Caillier strategically incorporated fabrics and shapes into her design that were both homey and sophisticated, this was ideal for hosting or spending time alone.
DON'T BE DISGUSTED BY BLACK PLAQUE
The soft black color of the paint in this bedroom makes it feel special and intimate in ways that you cannot achieve with a lighter color (this specific shade is Farrow & Ball Railings). The furniture that is eclectic is also ideal for the darker areas, this adds a more lived-in and homey feel.
ADORN A DISHES OF PLATE
Reevaluate the way you decorate an empty fireplace. In this environment that is rich with texture, interior designer Leanne Ford utilized an empty fireplace as a means to display pottery and art.
TREAT YOUR WINDOWS
Incorporating the appropriate window treatment can have a significant impact. We favor Roman-inspired decorative fabrics with interesting patterns. "It contradicts decorating 101, but using small patterns together can be more effective at attracting the eye," says Kristin Panitch, an interior decorator who designed this dreamy pink bedroom with a cloud-like appearance.
RE-COLOUR A BOOKSHELF
From the stained wood floor to the modern side chair and straight ladder, this home library is a stunning modern interpretation of traditional design. You could fill it with books or you could add in decorative accents and accessories like vases and sculptures to break up the monotony of a wall of books. Alternatively, coordinate the colors of your books. Additionally, it will appear more coherent, the colors in your collection will be more noticeable.
SET UP AN BREAKFAST NOOK
Breakfast with a magnificent view? We're in. This one is country-chic and features a little rusticity, but it's still polished. Additionally, it demonstrates that you don't necessarily have to have a dedicated nook built-in to achieve the proper ambiance.
SPRUCE UP YOUR ENTRYWAY
If you don't have a large entrance—or you do but it needs some attention—introduce a small console table. For a traditional yet modern aesthetic, choose a traditional table and hang modern abstract paintings above it.
JUST ADD SHEEPSKIN
If any part of your residence is experiencing a lack of warmth, sheepskin blankets are the simplest answer. They provide warmth, substance, and comfort, they're also inexpensive and easy to move around your space as your needs and moods change.
Substitute your throw pillows
Throw pillows are the simplest way to revamp the decor in the bedroom or living room. Adding a new color, print, or pattern to a throw pillow can renew the entire space.
STAY IN THE BATHROOM WITH A STOVE
Place a stool next to the tub. Additionally, the extra space on the surface will facilitate organization, additionally, it's also a great way to increase the overall luxury of the space.
Demonstrate some love to your powder room
It's simple to overlook a room when it's incredibly small, especially since there is simply not enough room for decorations. However, it's definitely possible and highly recommended to take notice of these little spots. Consider this powder room.
INSTALL A CANOPY
If you want to transform your bedroom into a luxurious retreat that resembles a royal palace, add a canopy. This white gauze fabric is so beautifully hung, it possesses an ethereal quality that is apparent in the minimalistic bedroom.
SWAP ACCENTS SEASONALLY
Plaid? For the winter? It was far from revolutionary, but we were still alive to achieve it. Altering accents on a seasonal basis will also inspire you for what's to come.
BE IN LOVE WITH NATURE
This area is densely textured, which generates warmth and depth. Also present is a lot of character despite adhering to a limited color scheme. For a calming and grounded atmosphere, consider nature as a source of inspiration. Concentrate on seagrass, rattan, jute, wood, concrete, and marble.
REHABILITATE YOUR FURTUIES
Repainting your furniture will have a cumulative effect on the entire room. If you enjoy decorating that is both eclectic and elegant, take note of this exemplary living room. All of the juxtaposition in this room is working so well: the angular mirror, brightly-colored art, the fireplace made of marble, a rustic stool, and geometric pottery are all unexpectedly complimented by the softness of the blush pink chairs.
STOOD UP COMFORTABLE
This may not be what you want to hear, as cleaning up is not considered to be enjoyable, but adding a few pieces that facilitate organization can have a significant impact. Consider installing coat hooks or bringing in a fashionable coat rack that hangs by the entrance. After that, place a small folding chair underneath it so that you can sit on while taking your shoes off. This will avert the dreaded (and previously commonplace) clutter of clothing.
COLOR-BLOCK YOUR WALL
For a bold statement, color-block your wall. Paint only part of the wall a bold color or choose two neutral tones. Here, black increases by about a quarter of the way, the rest of the color is a pleasant shade of steel gray, this creates an understated yet unique appearance.
TOUCH UP THE WALL
Revitalize a bathroom by applying a fresh coat of white paint to the walls. If this sounds like a lot of commitment, use a magic eraser to fix smudges. It's bright, refreshing, and ideal as the backdrop for a fun gallery, as depicted in this bathroom designed by Alexander M. Reid.
You aren't obligated to cover the entire wall with wallpaper—just focus on one area and accent it. It's quick, simple, and has a significant impact.
RETHINK YOUR GALLERY WALL
If the walls in a hallway are feeling tired or lackluster, add a gallery wall. Bring in antique frames, or hit up a thrift store or flea market, and arrange a ton of hand mirrors into a gallery wall.
INTRODUCE A NEW THROW BLANKET
OPT FOR STATEMENT ART
Make a simple wall a little more exciting with oversized artwork. Choose large-scale photography or something abstract and vibrant to really make a statement.
INSTALL NEW LIGHTING
If there's anything that can single-handedly polish off a room, it's a light fixture. Case in point? That brass pendant light. It feels much more refined and sophisticated than a table lamp would and contrasts with the more traditional elements throughout the bedroom.
PAINT YOUR FLOORS
Can you imagine how simple this bathroom looked before it had a bright blue floor? The quick change allows the tub to take center stage. We'd want to soak in there all day long.
PUT A BOLD FLOOR LAMP IN THE CORNER
This little corner is sleek, stylish, and perfectly handsome as is, thanks to the modern leather lounger and graphic rug. But that floor-to-ceiling lamp is an architectural stunner that really brings in that added wow factor. Look for a floor lamp that doubles as artwork for a similar vibe.
To create an interesting contrast, replace one thing in an otherwise totally traditional room with something super modern, like this geometric coffee table and abstract-painted floor.
ADD A BENCH AT THE END OF YOUR BED
You don't need a footboard. A bench will get the same job done. It'll help anchor your bed, act as a spot to sit and put shoes on, and serve as storage for extra pillows and blankets.
REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE
Symmetry, who? Your chairs and couches don't have to line up—in fact, you don't even have to have chairs. Put your side table in the corner flanked by two sofas, and if you don't have enough armchairs for a classic living room setup, just place floor cushions by the coffee table.
Pare your stuff way down and your room will look totally different. This doubles as a makeover and spring cleaning all in one.
ADD A STATEMENT TABLECLOTH
A bold, patterned tablecloth can instantly make a traditional space a little more eclectic. This one picks up the blues in the wallpaper.
PLAY WITH PROPORTION
This exquisite living room is playing with shape and scale in so many ways—each design detail offers a universe of inspiration. For extra impact and proportional intrigue, hang an oversized mirror. Keep it simple and sleek, opt for a cool shape or color, or keep it classic with an antique.
PUT YOUR COLLECTABLES ON DISPLAY
If you've been collecting something for a long time and aren't sure where to put your knick-knacks, install a floating shelf in your room of choice and then line them up. We love the sense of nostalgia these vintage glass bottles add to the bedroom.
SCREW IN A COLORFUL LIGHT BULB
For an unexpected (and easy) pop of color, trade in your classic bulb for a bright one. It adds the same vibe as a neon sign without taking up any space on the wall. Try it in a hallway or entryway, where décor moments are precious and square footage is limited.
Adding a nice floral arrangement can beautify a whole room on its own. The shapely vase, accompanying artwork, and unique rose gold faucet in this bathroom don't hurt either.
ADD SEATING TO YOUR FLOOR
You could sit on your couch—or you could sit on the comfiest floor pillows ever. We'll take the latter.
SWAP YOUR WINDOW SHADES
You've been there and done that with fabric drapery and Roman shades, so swap your window treatment for an alternative texture, like bamboo. We're swooning over this wild bathroom.
MIX IN METALLICS
Does anything make a statement like something shiny and gold? Add a metallic light fixture, sculpture, or vase to instantly upgrade your room.
UPDATE BEDDING SEASONALLY
Jonathan Scott, home design expert and brand ambassador for Stearns & Foster, recommends owning two sheet and comforter sets, so you can swap them out by the season. "In winter, you want warm and inviting bedding, like faux fur and bulky blankets," he says.
WALLPAPER A SMALL SPACE
Wallpapering a small room or closet will give it a surprising edge. Do the whole room, or just use scraps to line drawers, cabinets, and backsplashes. You could also opt for a statement ceiling.
CREATE A STATEMENT WALL
Designer Zim Loy discovered Harkerware on eBay: "There's tons of it, and it's so cheap!" She started collecting it for her dining room, then covered the whole wall with plates to create the same effect as one big piece of art.
MOVE FURNITURE AWAY FROM THE WALLS
Floating furniture away from the walls creates more intimate seating. That means all you have to do is shift your furnishings a few inches to totally transform the vibe in a room.
ADD COZY TEXTILES
Printed, colorful textiles add so much personality. And as if the bright-colored rug and sleek mounted lights weren't enough, this bedroom has also got a seriously swoon-worthy pendant. The Moroccan-inspired fixture adds eclectic appeal and helps anchor the space.
SHOW OFF AN ANTIQUE
The copper tub is obviously the star of this bathroom, but it doesn't have to feel dated. A ladder and cool, bohemian rug help it feel more modern.
RECOVER YOUR FURNITURE
The super-easy way to switch up your furniture game? Buy a slipcover. It'll be much quicker than fully reupholstering a piece.