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Basic To Beautiful: Simple Ways To Transform Living Spaces

Renovating and redecorating can be expensive. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune or wait for months to enjoy incredible living spaces. If your living room or kitchen is more basic or bland than beautiful, here are some ways to achieve an amazing transformation. 

Paint and wallpaper

One of the simplest, easiest and most effective ways to alter the aesthetic of any living space is to paint or paper the walls. Whether you’re making your mark on a blank canvas, or you already have colored walls, you can change the look of the room in an instant with a coat of paint or some wallpaper. You can brighten up small, dark rooms with white paint or neutral tones, add a splash of color with bolder shades, or inject personality and creative flair with printed or patterned paper. 

Before you decide which color or print to choose, consider the size of the space and the function of the room. If you’re decorating a tranquil space, or you want to create the illusion of a lighter, larger room, for example, opt for light colors. If you want to add coziness to a snug or a bedroom, you could go for a darker color to add warmth and ambiance. For sociable spaces, you can be as subtle or daring as you please. Test different shades in natural light before you choose the color. 

When you’re ready to paint, prepare the walls. Clean the surface, sand it for a smooth finish and add a coat of primer if you’re covering a dark or bright color with a softer shade. Let the first layer of paint dry before you add the second coat. 

 

Create a statement wall

If you’re looking to make an interior design statement without changing the entire room, creating a statement wall is a fantastic idea. You can do this by painting one wall a different color, wallpapering, adding a framed picture or print to your wall, or using wall panels. Wall panels are ideal for bathrooms, living areas and bedrooms and they come in a huge range of styles. The aim of the new wall is to turn heads and design a new focal point. For inspiration and ideas, think about places you’ve visited, browse magazines and take a look at social media feeds. 

Accessories

Accessories can make all the difference when you’re sprucing up your home. Replacing or buying new accessories and accents is a brilliant, affordable way to channel new themes and trends, add color and put your stamp on your interiors. In the kitchen, you can use storage pots, vases and plant pots, fruit baskets and framed prints to introduce new colorways or experiment with a new look. For living rooms, candle holders, potted plants, vases, picture frames and soft furnishings like cushions, rugs and throws are ideal. In the bedroom, you can add lamps, framed photos, decorative ornaments and blankets and cushions to create a new look. 

When you’re shopping for accessories, it’s a great idea to look online, browse stores and get ideas from social media and interior design magazines. If you spot something you like, which is over-budget, you can use the Internet to find similar items that are more budget-friendly. 

 

Furniture

Furniture has a practical purpose, but it can also help you enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home. If you want to transform your living room or bedroom, for example, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money or alter everything in the room, investing in one key piece of furniture is an excellent option. Consider the impact of a show-stopping couch for your living room, or a new bedhead or chaise longue that commands attention in your bedroom. Look for pieces that fit with the look and vibe you’re keen to create and shop around for the best deals. You could also exercise your creative talents and upcycle furniture you already own. You could breathe new life into armchairs and sofas with upholstery or paint an old table or chest of drawers, for example. 

 

Lighting

Lighting has an incredible impact on the look and feel of a room. Pendant lamps, bedside lamps, standing lamps and wall lights can catch the eye and add serious style points while also adding ambiance. Opt for soft lighting for bedrooms and quiet, peaceful areas and bright lights for kitchens and offices. You can add a dimmer switch to make living spaces more versatile.

There is a vast range of lighting options available. From rustic lamps and on-trend industrial kitchen lights to statement-making chandeliers, you can choose styles that suit your tastes and the aesthetic of the room. Chandeliers are ideal for romantic, opulent boudoirs and formal entertaining areas while imposing dome lights are perfect for modern kitchens and dining rooms. 

Storage

Investing in storage is a surefire way to make tidying and decluttering easy and hassle-free, but it can also help you to enhance the look of your living spaces. Clutter makes rooms seem smaller and more cramped. Using storage solutions frees up space and you can also create a really attractive focal point using shelves, units and cabinets. There’s an array of styles available, including open and floating shelves, traditional and contemporary chests and TV stands and wall-mounted units that come in all shapes and sizes. You could even use the whole wall for storage if you have a lot of books or you have an extensive record collection, for example. 

 

Is your home decor a little basic or bland? If you’re looking to transform your living spaces without breaking the bank or spending months redecorating, there are some simple, effective ways to achieve results. Consider painting or wallpapering your rooms, or create a statement wall. Use accessories to try out new trends and introduce new colorways, add soft furnishings and explore lighting designs. Invest in storage that offers style and substance and use your furniture to create a new focal point. These easy, affordable solutions can make an amazing difference.

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