Have you ever looked at a beautifully styled room in a magazine or online and wondered, “how do I get my house to look like that”?
You, my friend, are not alone.
But what if I told you that you could make your home magazine ready in just one afternoon for only a few dollars?
I’ve rounded up a few “insider” decorating tips that can be implemented in less time than it took to write this post!
8 Quick and Easy Home Updates
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1. Get rid of things
Decluttering is, without a doubt, one of the easiest ways to give your place a new look. Start by getting rid of things you’re no longer into and anything you haven’t used in the last 6 months. Donate these items to charity or make a few extra bucks by selling them online. To take it step further, I highly recommend taking the 30 Day Minimalist Challenge to decluttering the rest of your life as well!
COST: FREE! (Plus, you might even make a few dollars!)
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2. Rotate existing decor elements
Items that remain in the same place for a while can become dull and uninspiring. Switch things up by moving accessories like trays, candles and lamps to a different room or swapping them out for other pieces you are currently displaying.
3. Add life to every room
Look inside any magazine or home interior photo on Pinterest, and you’ll see flowers and/or plants in 90% of them. Why you ask? Fresh flowers and plants literally add life to any room, giving it a homey feel and instantly brightening it. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with white flowers and a clear, glass vase. Don’t have a green thumb? Go for a low maintenance plants like Echeveria or Aloe.
COST: Less than $10 for supermarket flowers and a glass vase from the dollar store
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4. Hang your curtains higher
Who doesn’t dream of sky high ceilings? Fake it till you make it by hanging your curtains right below the ceiling. Higher curtains give the illusion of higher ceilings and make a room feel roomier. On the other end, the curtains should just barely touch the floor.
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5. Organize collections
Whether you collect books, photos or souvenir trinkets, having a dedicated place for them and displaying them together creates a cohesive, polished look. Organize items like TV remotes and other sundries on a pretty tray placed on a coffee table or a side table, or get creative by stylishly organizing bookshelves by color, size, material or theme.
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6. Update hardware
Even in a rental, this is a quick and easy way to give your space more of a high-end look. Replace dingy, outdated door and cabinet knobs and drawer pulls with fun, modern knobs and pulls from Anthropologie or your local hardware store to customize and instantly update the space. Just be sure your new hardware fits into the existing holes, and if you’re renting, make sure to keep the old knobs and handles and replace them before you move out.
COST: $1-$25 per knob
7. Invest in an area rug
This is the most expensive home upgrade on the list, but a rug is the foundation of a room. Consider investing in a large area rug to give any room a modern, clean feel. Adding an area rug allows you to add a little personality into a room without spending tons of money. If you already have an area rug, consider layering a smaller one in a different color, texture or pattern.
COST: As little as $50
Most people tend to place the sofa against the longest wall in the room, but moving it just a few inches away from the wall creates a little breathing room and makes the space seem larger. If you have side chairs, pull them closer together and face them towards the center of the room to encourage a more conversation inducing seating arrangement (avoid angling every chair towards the TV). If like, us, you have an open floor plan, use the sofa as a room divider to break the room into two separate spaces.