- Insider asked three designers to share their best decorating tips that don’t cost a fortune.
- To spruce up your space, try moving pillows from one room to another or color-coding bookshelves.
- The interior designer also suggested using leftover paint and outdoor branches to decorate.
Javier Fernandez, an interior designer with Transitional Designs, said decluttering can change the look and feel of any room.
“Look at your dining room,” he said. “Does your dining table have a pile of mail and projects you had planned for? Well, there’s no time like the present to get rid of it and organize it.”
Courtney Turk, owner and interior designer of Courtney Turk Interiors, told Insider:
“Get your hands dirty and scrub the rug,” Turk said. “Cleaning your rugs thoroughly will refresh your home and extend the life of your carpets.”
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Once you’ve decluttered, consider adding some sensible accents. Interiors by Christina Nielsen Design According to her designer, Christina Nielsen, carefully chosen accents like these can accentuate a room while keeping the space clean and uncluttered.
Nielsen suggested placing a bowl of fruit or a pile of lemons above cookbooks in the kitchen, or adding a small plant or flower arrangement to your entryway.
These accents are also practical.
“If you have a console table in your entryway, make sure everything is easily accessible,” she said. “Create a place to put your keys. I love keeping a small plate for this.”
If you have a bookshelf full of books, try displaying them in a more non-traditional way, Turk suggested.
“Add depth and character to your shelves by layering them and adding some of your favorite photos or vases you keep,” she told Insider.
She suggested displaying books in similar colors to create variations.
Sometimes the best “buying” is literally done at home, Fernandez said.
“Check your attic, your storage room, your closets. You might find something you put away a while ago,” he told Insider. “Now you can look at it with fresh eyes and see how it works in your room.”
For example, he said you can easily transform your den or living room by hanging different curtains or changing the wattage of your light bulbs to create mood lighting.
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According to Fernandez, rearranging accent items and furniture is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change the feel of a room.
“Increase the sense of space by changing the angle of your couch or chair to adjust the lines of the room and accentuate natural light,” Nielsen adds.
“Almost everyone I know has leftover paint sitting in storage,” Fernandez said. “In my opinion, there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint.”
If you don’t have enough paint to refresh the entire room, you can also paint just one wall as an accent. Or you can create a pattern on the ceiling using painter’s tape and a little precision, he added.
Flowers can help brighten a space and bring nature indoors, Fernandez said.
“Collect branches and flowers. [from] “My favorite thing about spring is the abundance of cherry blossoms,” Nielsen told Insider.
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If you want to get crafty, try using leftover fabrics, buttons, and lace you find while decluttering.
Fernandez said these decorations can be used to modify curtains and redecorate pillows and blankets.
“Adding a simple ribbon as a trim to existing curtains instantly changes the look of the curtains,” Fernandez told Insider. “Look through your bag of spare buttons, pull out some colorful buttons, put them on an old cushion, and go to town.”
Moving pillows from one room to another is also a way to update the look of your home, Nielsen says.
“Rearrange the pillows on the sofa, swap them out with pillows from another room, remove some pillows to create a stylish space, or layer pillows on your bedding (preferably all white) to create a fresh look. Let’s give,” she told Insider.
Another great way to declutter your space is to hide unsightly cables and wires sticking out from your TV or internet router.
“Doing so instantly upgrades the space from feeling cluttered and incomplete to feeling put together and upscale,” Turk said.
There are many hacks to keep them out of sight, such as hiding them behind furniture, shoving them in drawers, and using cord covers.
Another great way to update your space is to replace the photos in photo frames with newly printed photos or old photos you have stored.
If you have extra wall space, you can also create a gallery of your favorite photos, Fernandez added.