Have you ever heard the phrase “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Well, sometimes the small stuff makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to interior design. Subtle changes can completely change the look and feel of a space. Often, we focus on finding furniture that will capture the design aesthetic that we desire, and we look for the perfect pieces to fit the space, but don’t forget to focus on the background.
Even if you are just looking for a quick refresh of a space but don’t want to spend too much money, try the following techniques to achieve a new look that will get a big reaction.
Choose a Perfect Color
Have you ever stood in the paint section of the hardware store, completely overwhelmed by the never ending rainbow of color choices? It is easy to do, but this is not a decision to take lightly. Take your time and think about the theme or flow that you want to create for your space. For a small price, you can get little testers from the store. Sample a small area of the wall and let it dry to see if it is the perfect color for you. Remember that once it dries and the light hits it, the color can be drastically different than what you envisioned. Don’t be afraid to be bold and go for a pop of color on either an accent wall, or the entire room. If you get sick of it down the road, you can always change it.
Make Your Own Art
You may be an art aficionado and spend your time perusing art museums, dreaming of ways to adorn your walls with timeless pieces. But in reality, one of a kind pieces can be unattainable for most when it comes to the price tag. Instead of purchasing mass produced decorative pieces, consider embarking on some DIY art projects. HGTV has some great ideas and tutorials for “channeling your inner artist”, such as hanging vases and cork board maps. And Pinterest never fails with endless creative ideas for your home.
Change the Lighting
This is one feature of the home that many overlook. The average house comes equipped with mediocre lighting fixtures, but you don’t have to accept them as they are. If you have the patience to scour second hand stores and estate sales sometimes you can come across some beautiful fixtures and chandaliers at a fraction of the cost. Make sure that you always properly install them with the necessary electrical knowledge. And if that seems too ambitious for you, try mixing different lamps into the room with varying heights. Evaluate how much natural light the room gets and play with the perfect lighting to set your desired mood.
Let’s face it, sometimes we just get bored with the way things are, but a complete renovation or redecoration can be an overwhelming task. Luckily, a few simple changes can make a big difference, and will be a step toward the new look you have been dreaming of.