By Jorge de Villasante
Time spent at home during the pandemic has given many people cabin fever. The result was a sudden desire to make home a place people WANT to be. Renovating, redecorating and renewing living spaces has taken off, stimulating new decorating ideas and trends. If you’ve redesigned the look of your living space but don’t want to break the bank, here are some ways to spice up your home without spending a lot of money.
Put your house green
According to scientists, adding plants to your home makes the atmosphere psychologically therapeutic. Plants improve mood and productivity and filter the air, not to mention the aesthetics of a home. A golden potho hanging basket, found in most local greenhouses, is easy to add to any home.
Not only is it inexpensive, it is also very easy to maintain and it purifies the air in the house. Once the vines grow, cut a few off. Make sure there are about 3 inches on the leafless vine and place them in an empty container with a narrow top such as a wine bottle, mason jar, or tall, thin glass. Add some water and you now have a hydroponic plant! Try placing small stones or colorful aquarium gravel in the container to spruce it up a bit.
If you’re looking to replace expensive items like furniture, try your local Goodwill. Or discover second-hand items in thrift stores run by the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity. Sofas, recliners, coffee tables, chairs, and bedroom furniture can be found in good condition at many thrift stores at a fraction of the price in retail stores. You can also find a hidden treasure in a flea market that you wouldn’t have thought of
about something else. Don’t forget to evaluate garage sales and even Craig’s List. Besides buying expensive furniture for a lot less, you can also find countless home decor items.
Painting and rearranging the furniture
Adding a new coat of paint to furniture can breathe new life into it. For a few dollars, try painting furniture you own or buy from a vintage goods store. You can also paint walls without investing too much. Pick a matching color you like and refresh the whole area. Pastels like lavender, powder blue, vanilla and many other pale tones are all the rage because they reflect peace, nature and relaxation.
If you decide to rearrange furniture or knickknacks, place them symmetrically to improve balance and harmony. For example, on a TV stand, place three decorations to the right of the TV and three more to the left. Make sure they are a similar size and style.
Add cozy candles
Candles are a great way to add a touch of freshness to your home. Adding candles to your living room coffee table, for example, can make your space cozy and warm. You will find candles and candle holders suitable for all styles and looks that you are looking for. And lighting candles on those long, dark winter evenings is sure to raise the mood and make your home more welcoming.
Enhance the bathroom
Refresh the bathroom by replacing your old shower curtain with a new, shiny one. Shower curtains are quick and easy to hang and generally affordable. While you’re at it, replace the area rugs. You can incorporate a new bathroom rug or even a hallway rug in the latest patterns or colors. Area rugs, like candles, are inexpensive, and replacing and / or rotating a few around the home can renew your enjoyment of some of the most used areas of the home.
Are you ready for the change? Reworking the interior of your home could be the perfect way to end the winter. You can incorporate the personal touch and the latest trends without making a huge investment. Start imagining what your home could look like and have fun giving it the facelift you envisioned.
Jorge de Villasante is a multilingual writer and translator who loves traveling as much as he loves his home and taking care of his two cats.