Breathe life into your room with these simple home makeover ideas

Breathe life into your room with these simple home makeover ideas
accent color chairs

accent color chairs

Sick of coming home and looking at the same tired décor? Can’t rearrange your furniture because it’s held hostage by the location of the cable cord?

Fortunately, change is possible. And you don’t have shell out big bucks for a remodel. Instead, try a slipcover here, new wall art there, and before you know it, your home will feel brand new again.

Here are a few tweaks to take your home from drab to fab:

New light fixtures: Add lamps in colors that pop or funky shapes. Light fixtures in geometric shapes or abstract patterns turn basic functionality into focal points that wow.

Slipcovers: If that furniture pattern is so 1990s or your dining room chairs look a little worn, but you can’t afford new or reupholstering, cover it up! Slipcovers are a great way to update furniture and add color (or tame paisley floral patterns) at little cost.

Flowers: Fragrant and colorful, flowers add a special touch to rooms. Don’t have a green thumb? Try artificial ones. Some look so real your guests will try to smell them. But be sure to dust them, or plant tissues close by.

Wall art: Naked walls = boring. Make cool wall art the focal point of a room. Get adventurous and do groupings of various sizes to really up the eye appeal.

Accent color: Now is the time to pull out that color wheel from art class. You’ll be surprised how much difference a little splash of color sprinkled throughout the room makes. It’s called accent for a reason, so don’t go overboard.

Throw pillows: Small but mighty. A throw pillow is a great way to add color or pull a room’s palette together. The beauty is since throw pillows aren’t a large investment, you can switch them out whenever the mood strikes or seasons change.

Window treatments: Do your drapes remind you of “Gone With the Wind”? You know, old. Then it’s beyond time to update them. From blinds and valances to fabulous textures and prints, options abound for window treatments. Plus, they’re easy to change out if you change your mind. “How fickle is woman?” —Rhett Butler.

Sources: HGTVremodels.com, Real Simple, Country Living, HouseBeautiful.com,


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