You may have lived in your home for several years, or just moved to some place new. Regardless of how long you have spent there, you want it to be a reflection of you and everyone who lives in it. Your interior decor can make people feel welcome and right at home. If you want your home to shout, “People live and love here,” follow these steps to get your home to have that, well, “homey” feel.
1. Out With the Old Curtains in With the New
If you haven’t invested in bringing color and life into your window treatments, this is a great place to start your upgrades. A visually pleasing curtain you can utilize in your home is eyelet curtains. These curtains fold more naturally leaving less creases. If you get eyelet curtains that reach the floor, it will make smaller rooms or areas with low ceilings look larger.
Think outside the curtain. Curtain pulls can be a way to bring in a fun design without it being overbearing. Get creative with the curtain rods. Find a design you like and then paint it. You can also paint the curtain pulls to match to tie the whole look together. You may even want to use different items for a curtain rod like pipes, paddles, reclaimed wood, or even a yardstick!
2. Find Inexpensive Items and Make Them Your Own
Thrifting can be an exciting way to find new additions for your home interior. Hobby Lobby, or similar stores often have excellent clearance items if you prefer your decorations to be new. Scope out some neighborhood garage sales to get the most out of garage sale hopping. Get out there, and get hunting!
Once you find that new addition for your home you can paint, reupholster, or add new knobs for the drawers. Stencils are a redecorator’s best friend. You can add chique borders, or magical unicorns to your child’s new dresser. If you are anything like me, you love to craft. Not only is this an easy way to add some creativity and spice into your home, it’s fun!
3. Add Some Pizzazz To Your Cabinets and Furniture
Another great way to spruce up your interior is by painting the items you already have. You can use all the same great tools that you would for the items you found. Paint those dinged up cabinets for a fresh new look. Add new knobs or paint the ones you already have. Decorative knobs is a simple way to pop in some vibrant colors or add some flair to your kitchen.
But don’t stop there! You can do this for furniture you already have and cabinets in other rooms like the mudroom or bathroom. Reupholster and paint that vintage dining set your grandmother gave to you and you can’t bring yourself to let go. Don’t forget the stencil trick. It brings that extra little flair of personality with minimal effort.
4. Furnish and Decorate the Rooms You Normally Wouldn’t
There are rooms that we normally spend time in every day that we neglect. Take your mudroom for example. An easy way to spruce up this room is to add storage benches and you can paint and personalize them! Add a fun pop of orange accents with a throw pillow to match. You can use hooks, bins, peg racks, shoe organizers, and cubbies to get organized with class. Add some photographs or your favorite piece of art. Get a durable, easy to clean rug for the area to give the room a facelift.
Add wallpaper to your closets. You can do this on the walls or even on the front of the doors. You can also put wallpaper on the back of open shelves. Add some pretty lighting with a plug in, hanging chandelier, or elegant table lamp. If you have the luxury of space, make a vanity area complete with mirror and lighting.
5. Upgrade and Personalize Your Front Door
Hate the color of the front door? Paint it! Should I mention the stencils again here? You can paint areas of the door various colors to get your entryway to really pop. Use the exterior accent colors to get the look to match your house.
Love the door the way it is but still want to add some personality? Hang a wreath or other accents to make the door stand out. Change out the old, boring knobs for something more your style. Add some lighting to the doorway with string lights for an inviting look. Customize those bland house numbers with something unique and eye-catching.
6. Creatively Display Your Children’s Art
You may have kids and that means you probably have tubs full of artwork. Get those Picasso pieces up on the wall with some cork board frames. You can easily pin the artwork to the frames and change them out when their next masterpiece is made. Just replace the glass with corkboard and you are ready to display their art.
Another great way to display your kid’s art is on a wire rod system. This is another simple way to change out the art continuously without having to hassle with frames. It’s an elegant step up from taping their works of art on the wall.
7. Upgrade Your Deck or Patio
Many people often neglect their deck and patios. If you have the luxury of this area, utilize it. Hang some string lights that welcome guests. If you have a covered deck or patio, stick a tv out there and watch your team destroy the competition while catching sunshine.
Find a weather safe rug that can cover up the deck floor that may need refinishing. If you have the time and the will, refinish it. Paint those banisters and add splashes of color. Add stair runners for some pizzazz on the steps down to the backyard.
Patio furniture doesn’t have to be ugly. There are plenty of choices out there that are weather friendly and attractive. Find some potted plants and flowers to place around the deck for a garden feel. Hang some art or invest in some statues. Get a swing or hammock, get out there, and get cozy.
Get The Whole Family Involved
The decorating doesn’t need to rest on one person’s shoulders. Get the whole family involved in the thrift finds, and painting. If everyone is involved, the heart of the family will shine through the decorations. Make your space feel like yours and get to decorating!