Simple Updates That Will Completely
Transform Your Space

If you find as much inspiration in your environment as we do, then you probably feel inclined to update and revamp your space with some regularity.

How to...
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Kelly Weimert
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August 12, 2017

 

Or, perhaps you’re someone who’s been working with the same aesthetic for quite some time but when you look around the room lately, you’re finding that you don’t feel as moved by your space as you used to and are vying for an update.

Regardless of your reasons for wanting to refresh your home’s design, it can feel like an overwhelming endeavour to achieve—but it doesn’t have to! There are actually a number of incredibly simple, economical, and effective ways to transform the look of your home. And most of them take almost no time at all to complete.

So, if you’re in the mood to fall in love with your home all over again, incorporate some of these quick and easy updates that will completely transform your current look.

 

1. Change Your Lighting

Via Luft Design

 

Not only does your lighting inform the general feel and ambiance of your home, but it can also pack a major design punch. If you currently have a chandelier, consider swapping it for a modern pendant light like this one from Luft Design. Or, if you’re working with a single fixture, put track lighting in its place to give yourself more freedom to control your ambiance.

 

2. Rearrange Your Furniture

Via Analog | Dialog

 

Even if you loved the initial arrangement of your furniture, after a while, even the best arrangements can start to feel flat and stale. Rearranging your furniture is free, simple, and super effective when it comes to giving your home a new look and feel. Not to mention, it’s totally free of commitment so you can easily change your mind when you’re not feeling it anymore. Just look at this example from Analog | Dialog.

3. Go Unconventional

Via Gravity Home

 

The coffee table is the centrepiece of most living rooms, setting the space’s overall look and tone, so opting for a new one can make a major difference in your look. And if you want to make a big design impression, choosing a more unconventional style—like a pair of nesting tables—will seriously enhance your style, like this example from Gravity Home.

 

 

4. Install Shelving

Via The Merrythought

 

Shelves are a great way to warm up the feeling of a minimal space while giving you the opportunity to showcase your most precious items, so use them with abandon. We’re particularly fond of floating shelves like this one from The Merrythought for their unobtrusive but incredibly chic design.

 

5. Create a New Area

Via Glitter Guide

 

Do you have a corner or wall in your home that feels a little too sparse and could use a bit more style love? Then consider making it into its own special space, like this one by Glitter Guide. Adding a mirror, a small console, and a bit of art to this area will instantly give your home more dimension while adding a whole new layer of style.

 

6. Play With Plants

Via A Life Well Consumed

 

Simply adding a few plants to your design – such as in this bedroom from A Life Well Consumed – can make a huge difference to your overall look. Not only will they purify the air in your home, but they’ll add texture, movement, and natural warmth to any room they live in. Don’t have a green thumb? No worries! Succulents and air plants are super low maintenance and almost impossible to kill.

 

 

7. Wallpaper Unexpected Places

Via Domino

 

These days, wallpaper is seeing a major resurgence in the interior design scene, and design enthusiasts are getting very creative with the ways it’s used. Adding wallpaper behind your shelves or in a wall recess is a no-fail way to punch up your look with a little personality and style, as you can see here from Domino.

 

8. Invest in One New Piece

Via Coco Lapine Design

 

Integrating a prominent new piece of furniture into your room has the capacity to significantly renew your look. It’s particularly effective if you opt for a statement piece equipped with shelving and surfaces to showcase additional items of style-enhancing decor, as seen in this living room from Coco Lapine Design.

 

9. Integrate an Area Rug

Via Ultralinx

 

Area rugs are loaded with transformative potential, especially if you subscribe to a minimalist style sensibility like in this living space from Ultralinx. Whether you replace what you currently have or add a rug where there wasn’t one before, doing so will instantly infuse your look with more warmth, comfort, and style.

 

 

10. Add a Little Paint

Via Fujizaki

 

If you’d prefer to work with what you already have rather than add something new, then painting the borders of your windows is the transformative idea you’ve been waiting for as the designer has done in this living room from Fujizaki. It couldn’t be easier to execute and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes when it comes to adding depth and definition to your aesthetic.

 

Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a happy hybrid of geek and hippie with a penchant for all things DIY. A full-time freelance writer, when she's not nestled into her couch crankin' out crafty prose with her miscreant Chihuahua, you can find her frolicking outside to keep her sanity in check.