You might not be able to purchase the home of your dreams in this real estate boom. Or maybe you bought a house without seeing it and had little money to remodel. Maybe you have been staring at walls from your home while you were working during the pandemic and wish you could redecorate your entire kitchen.
While your dreams may be larger than you are able to achieve right now, three interior designers believe there is always hope. These are a few small changes that you can make to breathe new life into your home for as little as $100
Spend 30 minutes per day decluttering. Mary Patton, a Houston-based designer, says, “We recently moved into a smaller house and I spend 30 minutes going through drawers every day.”
“Having less stuff is better for your mental well-being.” Mary Patton will drop off items she has to donate the next day so they don’t sit in her car for six years.
Do a complete house inventory.
Patton states, “Once you have cleared out your home, you can decide what you really need” to bring in. Take a look around your home and take note of what you need to fix. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the home section of a store and end up with more clutter.
Art is art. Cheryl Luckett, designer of Dwell by Cheryl in Charlotte, says that she is a huge fan of vintage. “If I had $100, I could do a lot in an antique mall on Saturday.”
New Art Decor
Frames are often included with vintage art from thrift stores or antique shops, which can save you most of the cost of buying a new piece. Luckett states that it doesn’t need to be huge.
If you have limited wall space, a small piece may work well in a powder area. For color, she likes to place small still-life items on the kitchen countertops.
Painting Areas of The Home
Paint. Luckett states that paint is the best option. If the walls are in good condition and you don’t need to prime, a powder room can be painted with just one can. Consider painting doors, too. “A black door can elevate things,” Luckett said. As long as there is enough light, it will work. She paints furniture often to update a room.
Paint the Kitchen
With a fresh coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets, you can spruce up the look without having to undertake a full kitchen remodel. It’s a DIY job that most homeowners can do themselves, and it’s less expensive than installing brand new cabinets.
A bold, fresh color on your kitchen cabinets may give your kitchen a fresh new look. You can also go for a classic look with a crisp shade of white. Make sure to select the best paint for kitchen cabinets if you want a durable, easy-to-clean finish.
Plants are a great addition. Patton suggests buying inexpensive plants such as snake plants and planters at home improvement shops. She recommends Wayfair for pots that have a little more personality.
To avoid inventory and supply chain problems stores face, search for the desired color.
For an hour, hire an interior designer. Patton is a designer but finds it difficult to make decisions in her home. Sometimes we all need another person’s perspective. Many designers charge an hourly rate and will visit your home for a consultation to give advice or to create a vision.
You can also hire a stager to help with arranging your home in a more flow-friendly way. Patton states that even a friend with good taste can help.
Organize Your Family Photos
Make a gallery wall with family photos. Patton will often scan photos from a homeowner’s trash and then display them in frames she finds online, such as Amazon, Wayfair, or Overstock. Sets of three should have white mats and thin black frames.
She also recommends that you get a template so that it is easy to position the pieces. She says that if you have many photos, you can buy three sets and then put them together. Patton shares her thoughts on the best location to take family photos. Bay Photo Lab is her favorite place to order prints.
Corkboard walls can be installed. Patton recommends using corkboard tiles for walls in a kitchen or playroom. This will allow you to hang family photos, Christmas cards, or children’s artwork. These pieces can be easily removed and replaced as needed.
Patton says that all lightbulbs in your home should have the same color. She prefers lightbulbs with a 3000K temp. Non-LEDs are also her preference, as it is difficult to achieve the right colors with LED bulbs.
But, regardless of whether you use an incandescent bulb or an LED bulb, it is important to maintain consistency. Patton recommends that you install dimmer switches to adjust the light levels.
Plug-in lighting is a great option. Ariana Grieu, a Baltimore-based designer at SM&P Architects, says that plug-in wall sconces can be a fun way to add lighting to your home. For a modern look, sconces made from decorative cords can be wrapped around large hooks to give it a contemporary look.
For additional lighting, large pendants can be plugged into the wall and suspended from the ceiling. (Ikea and other retailers offer affordable options.
Hang sheer curtains
Hang sheer curtains behind heavy window treatments. Grieu suggests this. She says they provide privacy for transitional times in the mornings and afternoons, “when it’s not quite time to pull the curtains,” They can filter out light throughout the day. For around $40, you can find sheer panels at Target.
Wallpaper the ceiling
Grieu loves to use accent wallpaper in small rooms like sitting rooms and powder rooms. Their size can help keep wallpaper costs down. She says that she tends to keep my other living areas more neutral because so many elements must coexist in one space.
She likes “fun and colorful powder rooms.” Textured ceilings must be flattened first. Before hanging the paper, plan how you will remove it. The wallpaper can be removed easily with peel-and-stick; traditional wallpaper is more difficult to remove.
Luckett recently purchased a white desk. She replaced the hardware with something more expensive and it “now looks custom.” New hardware can be an affordable update, whether it’s cabinets or furniture. You can find hardware at build.com and Wayfair.
Luckett states that there is no one right answer in design and that he doesn’t believe it is possible to teach people what they should do. Although larger hardware is more impactful visually, it doesn’t necessarily mean that bigger is better.