Looking for some quick ideas to update your home's decor? Try one of the Domestic CEO's 6 tips to change your style in 30 minutes or less!
You know that feeling of sitting around your home, staring at the décor you’ve had in place for years, feeling like you want a change - but then looking at your schedule and realizing that you don’t have time to totally redecorate your home? Yeah, that’s a pretty normal feeling, especially after you’ve lived in any place for a period of time.
We moved in to our home about 8 years ago, and after about 2 years, I was so sick of looking at the brown walls we put throughout almost the entire house that I called painters to give us an estimate to have everything painted grey. But seeing an estimate for over $2000 was a quick way to make me appreciate the color that was (and is still) on the walls!
It also made me start thinking about other things we could do for free, or at a low cost, to help spruce up the living areas of our house. If you are looking for a few ideas to help you fall back in love with your home, here are some quick and easy tips that you can implement in less than 30 minutes to give your space a brand new feel.
Tip #1: Rearrange Your Furniture
When I decided that painting our walls was going to be out of the question, Mr. DCeo and I decided to move things around. As much as we could, we rearranged our furniture to give a new feel to the rooms, moving a couch from our upstairs loft area into our living room, a bookcase from the dining room to our family room, and a chaise lounge from our living room into my office. Moving things around makes rooms feel new again, without having to buy a single piece of furniture.
Now, just a few months ago, my husband decided that he really hated how our bedroom was set up. He wanted to move the bed to a different side of the bedroom, and get a wardrobe to provide additional storage. I wasn’t really keen on how he wanted things set up, but agreed to give it a shot.
We moved the bed, got the wardrobe, and lived with it for a couple weeks. After those weeks, we both agreed that the bed was better where it was before, but that the wardrobe was a nice addition.
The moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to move things around and live with them for a while. You can always move them back, or try something else if you don’t like the new setup. Sometimes, trying something new can help you appreciate how you had it originally.
Tip #2: Swap Pillows
If you like to use accent pillows in your home, try moving them from room to room. Often times, we buy pillows to match specific rooms in our homes, but they still work with other areas. So by swapping pillows between rooms, you may find that you’ve given that room just the pop of color it needs to make it feel fresh and new.
If you don’t have a lot of pillows yet, consider grabbing a couple. Adding some cute new pillows can be a very inexpensive and quick way to freshen up your couch, chairs, and beds.
Personally, I always keep an eye on the clearance area at Target for pillows, because every so often a pair will pop up for less than $10 a pillow (which is just about the price I like to pay.) I also like to stop in stores like Ross and Home Goods on a regular basis. just to keep an eye out for great deals on their pillows, too.
Tip #3: Change Out Towels
For a quick way to make your bathroom look different, try swapping out the towels for another color. If your walls are a neutral color, you can use bright towels to add an unexpected pop of color. Try to swap in towels that you have in storage or in another bathroom, or grab some news ones that you find on sale.
I find that I like to change my towels out quite often, so I’ve started always buying just 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel of each color I like. That way, I don’t have mountains of towels all in the same color, and I always have enough to fill the towel bars in my bathroom when I swap them out.