With current events, the way they are, we are all spending more time in our homes than ever! Sadly this means we tend to get fed up with our interior decor, even faster than usual, especially if we opted for the safe and less exciting choices. Something that we can all be tempted to do from time to time. The good news is that it is totally possible to transform your home from meh to wow! Below, you will even find some smart ways to un-boring your home, many of which are budget-friendly options too!
One of the most straightforward ways to spice up your home decor is to use flowers and plants. The great thing about using botanical decor is that it’s not only beautiful to look at, but good for you too because plants such up CO2 and release more oxygen for you and your family to breathe!
You will also find that decorating with plants is a significant trend in the home decor world. In particular, green leafy plants, like ferns, rubber plants, and Yukka, are very popular. They are pretty robust and easy to care for as well, which makes them excellent indoor options. Be sure to use plant stands underneath your plants’ pots for an up to date, boho look that will work well in just about any space. You can even display smaller plants in macrame hangers to complete the look. Learn how to make your own for pennies here.
Real, live plants are not the only option you can use to brighten up and add interest to your home. Artificial plants and flowers can also work very well in an indoor space. The good thing about fake plants is that they don’t need watering every day, and you don’t have to worry about the soil from the pots being spilled either. Also, artificial plants are great for homes where young children or pets live because they do not pose any toxic risk but look pretty impressive.
For a more natural look, opt for artificial plants in pots, or why not invest in a wreath form, and use your choice of blooms and foliage to create a seasonal piece that will brighten up your space?
Create a focal point with art
You can also make your home a more exciting space by decorating with art. Many people struggle with this because they aren’t entirely sure of their taste when it comes to artwork. Fortunately, there is an easy option here, and it doesn’t include going to uni for four years to learn about fine art.
Instead, it’s all about choosing an abstract piece; one contains seemingly random shapes and colours rather than a work that depicts a landscape, a portrait, or still life.
By choosing an abstract in the same colours as the rest of your room (or contrasting one, if you want to be bold), you can create a fantastic, exciting look of which you will never tire. You can even have a go at the latest acrylic pouring craze and make your own canvas.
Back to black
Black is one of the most striking colours that you can use in an interior space. You have to know how to use it in the right way, however. Use on the walls for a dramatic look and team with either metallics, such as antique or rose gold for a classy, warm look.
Alternatively, if all black walls are a little much for your taste, why not paint a single feature wall or a part of a wall in black only? The latter being reminiscent of the dipped look, which is both very modern and easy to complete.
Finally, if you like the idea of using black in your space, but worry about the effort of repainting if you have to sell, then why not opt for all black textile and accessories? You can create a very modern look and minimal look by choosing black photo and mirror frames alone with black blinds and cushions for your couch. Oh, and you can find such pieces quickly and cheaply in most homeware stores as well!
If black isn’t your thing, you will be pleased to discover that it is also entirely possible to have an exciting home by using bright colours too. The trick here is to go for one of two options. The first is finding unusual and colourful pieces of furniture. For example, you can easily brighten up even the most neutral rooms with a bold velvet corner sofa in jewel tones like Emerald or Turquoise. You can even create added drama by adding throw pillows in a contrasting hue such as mustard to make things pop and create a unique focal point for your room.
Sofas are not the only piece of furniture that can create interest in your space. Just about any item can add texture and whimsy if you choose it carefully. You may even wish to give older, more plain items like a chest of drawers a fun new lease of life by painting them or using decoupage.
If you go for the paint option, it’s best to choose chalk paint. This is because chalk paint will cover wood with only very minimal sanding. Something that can save you a lot of work and the cost of getting your piece dipped and stripped as well.
When it comes to decoupage, finding special paper in the right design will be your first task. Remember that you will be applying several layers along with the glue, so the colours are likely to be brighter and the texture shinier than at first glance.
The second approach is to go for bright and bold colours on the walls. You don’t even have to paint all your walls in the same shades. Instead, why not use a variety of tones mixing primary, and pastels for an impactful look?
Use patterned textiles
Patterned textiles are another fantastic way to spruce up your home decor. Even if you have bare white walls, you can create a fun space purely by changing your use’s textiles.
The types of textiles that you will need in a room will depend on its function. That is, you will need throw pillows, throws, and curtains for a lounge area. While in a bathroom, your focus will be on towels, shower curtains, and bath mats.
Once you have identified the specific type of textiles you will need for your decor, it’s a good idea to decide on a theme, colour, or motif. This will allow you to create a cohesive look, no matter how crazy the patterns you choose are. For example, if you opt for a 70’s jungle theme, you can use all sorts of deep rich colours, animal and botanical prints all in the same space with ease.
Make your lighting a real feature
Many people forget how much the lighting you choose for your home can add extra interest and whimsy. Indeed, there are two processes at work here. The first is the impact that the fixtures and fittings of your lights have on your home. While the second is the effect that the light cast from the bulbs you use can have.
If you are looking to fill a larger space, a more dramatic fixture such as a chandelier can work well. Traditionally these are made from glass or crystal, but you can also find them created out of plastic and bards for a very similar baroque look on a much smaller budget. You may even wish to have a go at making your own chandelier style fitting, something you can do with a craft form, and some pom-poms and ribbon, for a bright Mexican look.
If you want to use cast light to add interest in your home, the best approach is to use different brightnesses and levels. You can achieve a fabulous look by grouping three pendant lights together- all at different heights, especially in a darker corner of your home.
Some folks end up confusing texture with textiles. To further muddy the matter; the latter can be used to create the former. However, making your living spaces more interesting by creating texture is much more than finding a fleece throw.
Instead, texture is all about laying different finishes to create a much more stimulating look to the eye. You can use all sorts of things to create texture in your home, including physical elements such as beading, natural wood and stone, and as well as pattern. Even the paint finishes you use on the walls, such as matt or gloss, will contribute to the overall textural result of your home decor.
Sadly, getting the textures in a room right is one of the most challenging interior design aspects. With that in mind, doing a little research beforehand or bringing in an expert to help you with this part can be the best approach. If you want a room that will be anything but boring, that is?
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