Remodeling a room can be expensive, but homeowners who want to refresh their aesthetic don’t need to blow their budget.
Plenty of easy and inexpensive options exist.
Create a new layout
Rearranging furniture is free and absolutely can make a room look brand new, said Carmen Smith, who blogs on home decor, budget DIY and home renovation at LivingLetterHome.com.
“If something is on a wall, move it to a different wall. If it’s in the middle of a room, move it to a side or in a corner for a new look and feel,” she said. “We recently took our living room couches and turned them 90 degrees, and the space has a much better flow and feel and somehow feels more welcoming when someone comes in our front door.”
Don’t get stuck in a rut
“Get rid of any old furniture you are not using or loving anymore,” said Renée Kuperman, a Realtor based in Miami Beach, Florida. “Furniture isn’t forever. Trends change, needs change and if you’re not using it, why keep it? Schedule a free donation pickup with a local charity such as Goodwill, Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.”
Color and space
Two of the easiest ways to update a home without spending big bucks are by playing with color and space, said John Monte, owner of Elegant Simplicity, an interior design and professional home organizing firm in Seattle.
“The easiest way to pack a punch on a budget is to paint or install wall coverings. Walls can instantaneously create a calm and inviting environment, and it is important to consider them when making changes,” he said.
A well-designed space can bring joy to a family, even if that means as little as moving a coffee table that people keep bumping into, Monte said. Think about how your family is interacting in the space.
“Updating doesn’t always have to be about buying new things. Sometimes as designers we’re reusing furnishings that clients already have as well as purchasing new items,” Monte said. “Truthfully though, how friends and family move — the path of foot traffic — is an excellent way to update a home without breaking the bank.”
Don’t overlook lighting
“You can find inexpensive yet stylish light fixtures that will really give your space a facelift,” said interior designer Jenny Gericke, owner of Gather Home and Design in Stone Mountain, Georgia. “If you’re renting just keep the original fixture and swap it back when you move out. Chandeliers, ceiling lights, lamps and floor lamps are a great way to add personality to your space.”
Adding more USB power outlets is an easy reboot that will instantly update a home, Kuperman said: “USB outlets are such a friendly and modern touch to any home. Who doesn’t love USB outlets when you stay in hotels? Bring that feeling home.”
Less is more
“Taking things away is one of my favorite ways to make something feel fresh and new,” said Smith.
If you normally have books, plants or other random decor on shelves, try taking a couple things off for a brand new feel.
“In much of my decor I love the idea that less really is more. Especially with little ones around; it’s way less things for tiny, nosy hands to get into,” she said.
Spice it up
Use textiles like pillows and throws to add color and texture.
“For fall, think dark and bold. Deep hues of green, mustard or even a deep shade of peacock blue can bring color but are also neutral enough so that you can mix in other colors or match them to other pieces of furniture or decor,” Smith said.
Adding new caulk in the bathroom, refinishing wood floors or painting doors and trim can make a home shine like new, Kuperman said.