10 easy DYI and affordable ways to completely transform a room
1. Wood paneling
Adding a touch of wood paneling as an accent instantly gives the room a rustic feel.
Wood is a timeless edition to any room, so you don’t have to worry about it getting dated quickly. It can basically be considered a room makeover all on its own.
If you are doing this in a mostly monotone room, try and add the paneling to an area that gets a lot of attention, like the wall space behind the TV, so that it becomes a focal point of the room.
2. Layering the lighting
Most people don’t think much about the lighting in their room other than when a bulb needs replacing.
But lighting in a room can have a big influence on the room’s ambiance.
The key to good lighting in layering. Having several different sources in different positioning in the room.
In addition to your core overhead lighting, add some accent lights such as lamps on nightstands or art lights that highlight specific room decor.
Pro tip: Stick to either all warm or all cool lighting when buying bulbs.
3. Add a texture element
Texture is probably the most overlooked element of design. But adding a textural elements gives rooms a cozy feeling.
Texture also adds visual weight, meaning you can use it to achieve a sense of balance in the room with strategic placement.
You can integrate texture in many ways – a woven rug, furry accent pillows, waffle knit curtains, or curtains in a room with hardwood floors and hard surface furniture.
Believe it or not, it’s what takes an okay design from “something’s missing” to “this looks like it belongs in a Pottery Barn magazine.”
4. Stair accent tiles
When we think of interior design, we almost never think of the stairs. But stairs can be a beautiful place to add accent details.
The vertical face of each stair is a canvas waiting to be painted.
The visual effect of depth and height can make your staircase an unexpected but stunning centerpiece of your home decor.
Whether Spanish style tile a la Barcelona or a monotone contrast color for a more modern look, this valuable interior design real estate shouldn’t go overlooked in your home.
5. Add a large plant
There is something that plants bring to a room that no other decor or piece of furniture could ever bring: Life.
In Feng Shuai, it is said that plants bring peaceful energy to the room, as well as keep the energy in the room from getting stagnant.
That could be because many plants purify the air, making these room beautifiers serve more than one purpose.
We’re fans of hanging plants, as well as having one larger, ‘centerpiece,’ tree-like plant for a wow effect.
6. Adding different building materials as decorative accent details
Many houses have rooms that are pretty basic. Four flat, white walls conjoined by a flat white ceiling.
But the most intriguing rooms have building material details. An exposed brick wall, crown molding, or wooden beams give the room a sense of history.
While you probably don’t want to knock down a wall and rebuild it, it is possible to incorporate more industrial or decorative building elements after the fact.
This could include laying brick under a ledge or adding some wood around a door frame to provide some beautiful contrast detail.
7. Adding curtains (especially if replacing old window blinds)
Bent and dusty window blinds immediately makes the room lose all design credibility. If any of the rooms in your home are guilty of this, it’s time to give that room a quick face lift.
Curtains are a great way to add some of your style to a room while adding a bit of your own, personal aesthetic to the ambiance.
By replacing old blinds (that make the room look junky) with something beautiful and airy, the room will be instantly transformed.
Pro tip: When hanging the curtain rod, hang it at least six inches above the top of the window as opposed to close to the top of the window frame to make the room taller.
Mirrors are an interior designer’s best friend. Few home decor items are able to create illusions or highlight the best parts of the room quite as well as a mirror.
Because of the reflective properties, they can amplify light and instantly make any room look bigger than it is thanks to the illusion of added space in the reflection.
They also add a sense of depth and motion to a room which makes it feel more occupied and less solitary.
Mirrors themselves can be beautiful centerpieces. Try a mirror with a beautiful mosaic frame or vintage brass trim.
If there’s one way to make a room feel entirely different with minimal investment or effort, it’s wallpaper.
While covering all four walls of a room is bold and fun, you can ease into it by starting with an accent wall. Accent walls give the room balance and doesn’t overwhelm.
Most wallpaper is easily removable and user friendly to install. Many have an adhesive back or simply require placing and sealing with a wet cloth.
Best part is, if you feel like mixing it up in 6 months, you can do so with ease.
10. Declutter (Proper storage)
There are few things that can kill the vibe of a room quicker than clutter.
Clutter has negative psychological implications and subtly increases levels of stress and anxiety.
Decluttering is a great way to give a room a refresh. By going through your things, you’ll likely be more than ready to part with a good portion of it and feel better immediately.
Sometimes clutter is the result of not having spaces to put things. hanging a few floating shelves or getting an ottoman bed bench that has storage in it can go a long way in decluttering the room and making it a more peaceful place.