Your home should be a sanctuary where everyone in the family can relax and unwind after a long day. But that can be hard to do if your living space is looking either too cramped or too empty. Keeping your living space tidy and visually appealing has been known to help reduce stress and prevent over-stimulation, while adding a few flourishes here and there can make your home feel more lived-in and personal. It’s all about striking a balance between timeless and trendy.
You might think that you have to spend a fortune on buying new furniture and interior decorating in order to make a space look more cozy or livable, but that’s not true. There are plenty of ways to spruce up your home without having to break the bank. All you need to do is get creative and make do with what you already have. Here’s how you can inject some personal style and flair into your home interiors without burning a hole in your wallet.
Rearrange furniture and decor
Rearranging your bedroom and living room furniture and decor can easily make an entire room feel just like new, and it doesn’t even cost anything to do. Something as simple as moving a desk towards the window or splitting up a sectional couch can do wonders for a space. You don’t even need to lug around heavy furniture to do this. You can start small by moving around items on shelves and desks. Try not to isolate yourself into one room. Remember to borrow elements from other rooms and areas in the house.
Get rid of unnecessary clutter
The easiest way to breathe new life into a space is by getting rid of all unnecessary clutter to create a bigger, more welcoming and calming environment since fewer items mean less stuff to make a mess of. You can either donate or sell these items. If you choose to sell them, the extra money can go towards buying furniture and decor or personal expenses.
Adorn surfaces with meaningful knickknacks
An easy and affordable way to make your home feel more inviting and cozy is to personalize available surfaces with meaningful knickknacks. Drawings done by your children can be framed and displayed as artwork on your walls and tabletops, while seashells or flowers from a family trip to the beach or a hike can be displayed as little trinkets atop shelving units.
Deep clean your home
Give every inch of your home a good scrubbing down until it sparkles. Grimy and unkempt windows, carpets, upholstery, and furniture hardware can make a space look dull. Wiping them down or deep cleaning them can make your space shine and look just like it did when you first moved in. You can easily do this with an organic all-purpose cleaner made from ingredients that you can find in your own kitchen and bathroom. All you need to do is blend together some white vinegar, baking soda, and soap.
Bring nature inside
Plants and flowers have the power to revitalize the home, purify the air, and reduce stress and anxiety just by looking at them. You can easily turn an otherwise sterile, inhospitable living space into a cozy oasis with just a few strategically placed potted plants and flowers. You don’t even need to go far to get them — if you have a garden of your own or if you have a neighbor, friend, or family member who will willingly pluck some flowers and plants from their own garden to give to you, then you have yourself a bit of the outdoors to bring inside.
Re-purposing items can mean turning broken items into something useful and using an item meant for a different purpose. For example, a broken picture frame can be turned into an accessory holder and a bathroom caddy can be cleverly re-purposed as a small storage solution for the bedroom. You can find items to be re-purposed by sorting through all your belongings in your attic, basement, and garage or you can ask your friends and family for things they don’t need anymore.
Decorate with smells and aromas
Don’t underestimate the value of smells and aromas when designing a soothing and welcoming space. The fragrance of your home can create a more cozy, relaxing atmosphere. Candles and incense are great for this purpose, but you don’t even need to spend money on these things to make your home smell great. Some low-cost and even no-cost ways to introduce some incredible fragrances into your home is by simmering potpourri over your stove, making a pot of coffee, and baking fresh pastries.
Decorating your home doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. These strategies are great ways to spruce up your living space by making the most of things you already have.