Making decorating changes to your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming or time consuming. Often times, simple updates can go a long way to transform both the energy and look of your home. Here are 7 easy decorating ideas to do in a weekend.
1. Re-arrange a room
My first entry into the world of interior design and decorating was as a “Certified Redesigner”. I believe the job title has fallen out of fashion but a re-designer’s job was to transform a room using only what the client already owned.
It was amazing the results I could achieve by flipping furniture around, and swapping out accessories and artwork from other areas of the house. Simply by moving things around, the energy would shift and it “felt” like a newly decorated space. My clients were always amazed at what a difference just a few changes could make.
To redesign a room in your home, remove everything from the room except the key pieces of furniture. Try and visualize a blank space. Is there a different wall where the sofa could be positioned? Would the side chairs look better opposite the sofa rather than on either side?
Maybe the bed would work better in front of a window, rather than tucked under a slanted ceiling? Open your mind to a different furniture arrangement. You can always move things back if it doesn’t work.
Lastly, swap out accessories and artwork from other rooms. Giving things a new home and a new position is good Chi for your home if you are a follower of Feng Shui.
2. Paint something
Paint is one of my favorite easy decorating ideas. Whether it’s your front door, an accent wall, a new color for the room or a piece of furniture, paint has the power to transform.
A couple coats of green chalk paint added so much personality to this old cabinet.
If you have an dated piece of brown furniture and the piece is in good shape but the brown wood is not your style, go bold and give it a fresh color to brighten up your space.
3. Change out throw pillows
Another one of my favorite easy decorating ideas is to change out throw pillows. Updating old throw pillows is such an easy change but has a big impact. It’s a great opportunity to try something trendy, add some pattern or maybe a new pop of color.
If you are hesitant because you think your pillows are still perfectly good, let me tell you that after five years those “perfectly good” throw pillows are filled with dust mites. Not to frighten you or gross you out but this article here explains the scientific research.
4. Replace your cabinet hardware
Replacing dated or cheap hardware is another one of my favorite easy decorating ideas because it is such a small change yet makes a big impact.
When we moved into our newly built condo, one of the first things I did was swap out the builder basic hardware. It’s a quick and easy update that can be done in a couple of hours.
In our masterbath, I decided to add some interest to the otherwise very basic and plain decor. New acrylic hardware adds so much personality to the room yet the cost was under $50.
5. wallpaper behind a bookcase
Wallpaper is very on trend right now and it makes a great statement. However, applying wallpaper to a full room is both time consuming and expensive.
One of my favorite ways to use wallpaper is in smaller areas such as behind a bookcase. The aqua and green striped “Loops” wallpaper created by my friend Annie of Housse Studio added color and pattern to this all white bookcase.
If the thought of applying wallpaper seems too difficult, try removable wallpaper. Removable wallpaper has become very popular and most brands offer that as an option.
6. Update outlets and switch plates
You know if you’ve lived in your home for awhile, those cheap plastic light switch plates turn yellow and nasty. A quick and easy upgrade is to replace them all with crisp new white ones.
If you want to upgrade your light switch and outlet covers even more, check out my favorite brand, Legrand. Their Adorn line has a great selection of covers and they come is different colors and sizes.
Here is an older post I wrote about Legrand. You can see how much of a difference it made in upgrading the room.
This is my current bedroom light switch. I can turn on the lights by tapping lightly on the front of the big square.
Another option is to match your covers to your wall color. I used olive green covers in my kitchen so that they would blend into the backsplash tiles.
These covers were from Home Depot and I found them by Googling “green outlet covers”.
7. Add a plant
Adding a lush, healthy green plant or two, is my number one suggestion for an easy decorating idea. Plants have so many advantages besides looking good in the room. They filter the air, add a splash of color and instantly make the room feel better by subconsciously connecting us to nature.
I don’t want to hear the excuse of “I don’t have a green thumb”. You know what? I don’t either. Instead, I replace my houseplants seasonally, or when they start to look like they are on their way out, I buy new ones.
Where is the rule that you have to keep a houseplant alive forever??? My stone lady’s head has had more plants in her than I can count. This fern that you see in her in this photo lasted about three months before it turned brown and was replaced.
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