Lately, I’ve been antsy, at least decor-wise. Maybe it’s the change of seasons, or just a need for a new look. But I’ve wanted to refresh several areas of our home where I feel like the decor is looking stale or I’m tired of it or my tastes have changed.
For today’s Friday Five, here are five ways to refresh your decor. And because I’m
cheap thrifty, these suggestions are budget-friendly!
I admit: I have a bit of a pillow addiction. My kids tell me all the time that I have a “pillow problem.”
But pillows are an easy and affordable way to update the look of a room. Here’s our living room from last fall (see last fall’s home tour HERE):
As you know, I’m crushing on navy blue these days. So, I decided, for our living room refresh, we needed some navy blue pillows. I found these at HomeGoods:
For about $100, I totally changed the color scheme of the living room.
(And, yes, I moved the dining room rug into the living room, to replace the rug from Target that came apart. More on that in a post coming soon…)
Adding or changing the art in a room is another easy way to refresh a room’s decor.
And, when I say “art,” I don’t necessarily mean paintings. I have used the architectural plans of our home, old windows, maps, baskets, and more. And none of these cost much at all! Think outside the
box frame when considering what’s artwork for your home.
You know I’m a big fan of painting rooms! For about $25-30 for a can of paint, you can change the look of any room.
For my favorite tips on painting a room, please see THIS POST.
4. Rearrange the room.
Refresh a room in your home by just rearranging it. It’s fun and it costs nothing! Woo hoo!
To see how I changed the look of our living room by rearranging it, please click HERE.
5. Shop your home.
One of my favorite ways to refresh our home’s decor is by “shopping” my home.
For example, I wanted a console table in our living room for lamps, because there’s no overhead light in the room. I repurposed this table, which was my old dining table from when I lived in an apartment, and it worked perfectly.
Before you head out to shop for new decor, check around your home for something that could be repurposed for what you need.
And, when you do change your home’s decor, don’t get rid of what you’re swapping out. I keep a home decor “stash” in our attic. That way, when I want to redecorate or change things up, I can just head upstairs to pick something I already have to repurpose in a new spot.
What other budget-friendly suggestions do you have for refreshing your home’s decor? Share with us in the comments!
And pin this for decorating ideas later:
I say, “Ditto!” to all those tips. This tip is sort of under the “art” category. I have a bay window in the eating area of my kitchen. Each season and/or holiday, I set up a different decorative display. Right now, for fall, it is featuring three pots of sunflowers from one church rummage sale sitting in a lined basket from another church rummage sale! I’ll change it for Thanksgiving and at Christmas, our traditional Santa’s Village is set up complete with artificial snow sprinkled around it. And, even though my children are now 28 and 24, they still set up the village on a weekend at home. My brother sent the village as a Christmas gift many years ago and every year it makes me think of him, and I say, “This is the best Christmas present Jimmy ever sent!”
As I look around, I have other things decorating my home that come under the category of “Family History.” I guess I’d add decorating with pieces of “Family History” to the tips. Plates that hung in my grandmother’s kitchen, your architectural house plans; not only are they decorative, but they remind us of people, places, and good times.
Karen Cooper says
I love both of those suggestions – rotating decor and using meaningful family history pieces! That’s what makes a house a home, for sure! Thanks, Karen!!