5 Interior Design Hacks to Liven Up Your Space

By Alicia Geigel on March 28, 2020

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When it comes to designing and decorating our home, a lot of us are often lost as to where to start. Some don’t have the perfect touch and know what looks most aesthetically appealing, while others don’t have the funds to get the best furniture and decor. Whether you don’t know where to start or you are looking for a few ways to make your space look better, there are simple interior design hacks that take little to no effort and won’t break your budget.

Are you overwhelmed by the idea of trying to decorate? Scared that you don’t have enough money and will end up broke in the long run? Don’t worry, there are plenty of people out there with the same feelings as you, including me! I will be your guide for home décor, just follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a stylish spot (with little added stress), in no time!

1. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint: When your space is looking dingy, a lot of the times it’s because of the state of the walls. We often neglect to take care of our walls because well, no one really thinks to! Over time, the paint cracks, fades, and ends up not looking its best. To add some life and brightness to your home, consider adding fresh paint to your walls! This could be in the same existing color or a new one, but regardless, a new paint job will give your space a fresh feeling that you desire. Additionally, you could paint different pieces in your home, like cabinets, tables, picture frames, etc. Inna of Jiji-Blog writes, “If you have come across a mirror, picture frame, or other interior design items that you fell in love with, but it doesn’t match the color of your wallpaper, you can effortlessly paint the item to give it the desired color. The solution is a can of spray paint that is super affordable and is a pleasure to use.”

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2. Don’t Underestimate a Good Area Rug: Like walls, floors are another aspect of our space that are often forgotten about. With frequent travel in and out of the home, floors can get scratched, worn, and scuffed, which can make your space look old and dingy. To liven up your flooring and add some flair to your space. You can get a rug that has a fun print, like zebra or leopard, lots of colors, and different textures. Additionally, experiment with sizes as well to add dimension to your space.

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3. Let There Be Light: Taking advantage of natural light is a great way to open up any space in general. Kelly Weimert of The Spruce affirms this stating, “natural light has a knack for making any space feel more open and airy, so maximize yours as much as possible.” Additionally, when decorating your home, place a mirror, whatever size of your choice, in front of a window. Doing this will reflect the outside, making your space look bigger while also reflecting the sunshine to add brightness to your space and boost your mood.

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4. Embrace Your Green Thumb:  One way to breathe life into your home is to put different kinds of plants throughout your kitchen, bedroom and living room areas! Not only are plants a beautiful decorative piece, but they also give your place that fresh vibe. According to Silvia C.of Daily Dream Décor, “[plants] help your home get more oxygen; they bring a happy mood into any space and help increase your work productivity.” If you don’t think you have the ability to delicately look after plants, succulents are a great alternative. Not only are succulents inexpensive, but they are also super easy to take care of, even if you do forget about them for awhile!

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5. Add Texture: Most people like to keep decorating simple but you can give your home a completely new look by adding pieces with different textures throughout your space. The addition of textures can give your place dimension and look aesthetically pleasing. Elizabeth Seward of Apartment Therapy suggests, “Play around with various fabric textures—faux fur, velvet, linen—as well as other tones and finishes—wood, metal, tile, glass. You might be surprised how far variety can take you.” Channel your creative side and have fun with selecting different decorative pieces!

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Giving your home a fresh, updated look doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. Instead, there are so many simple ways to get creative and design your space like a pro. From getting your hands dirty by giving your walls a fresh coat of paint to embracing your green thumb, your friends will definitely be impressed by your stylish new space, and be shocked to find out that it only took a few hacks to achieve it. And of course, another great hack when it comes to furniture is to rent it from CORT Furniture Rental. As always, good luck!

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By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | writer at Top5Must & KnowPhilly | photographer | food blogger

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