People spent a lot of time at home during the pandemic. A LOT of time. Some of us became homebodies, some adopted animals, and others became crazy plant ladies. However you coped, that time at home made many of us take a good hard look at our spaces. And the one thing I keep hearing is "I don't even know where to start!"
Full remodels aren't always necessary (or budget friendly!). Just start in one little spot - it will make you feel so much better! Here are a couple ideas for immediate impact, and on a budget, too. :)
Idea 1: Look for the Low-Hanging Fruit
A saw this idea recently in a decorating webinar. The low-hanging fruit is the easiest to grab, and gives the quickest gratification. In a single afternoon you can make a difference in your home! It's amazing what one single thing can do. I recently swapped my two vintage living room chairs with each other, and I'm shocked at the difference every time I walk through. Maybe it's tidying up, decluttering, or changing things out. It makes an impact! PRO TIP: I love oversize artwork. And simply moving it around the house changes an entire room! The canvas in the dining room becomes a leaner on the dresser, the print in my bathroom moves to the living room, etc. (And as a bonus, it keeps my husband guessing.)
Idea 2: Look for Nooks
Painting an entire room can be daunting. Painting (or wallpapering) a single wall or nook is a simple afternoon project, and the visual payoff is immense! Of you don't have a nook, consider the back of bookshelves, the end-cap of your kitchen cabinets or a door or two. PRO TIP: Resist the urge to only paint a shade or two darker, or do a subtle alteration. This is the time to be brave! Go dark. Try bold wallpaper. Sample a bright fabric. It's a small space, so you can go all out without it taking over the room!
Idea 3: Mini Makeovers
Instead of trying to replace every piece of furniture, choose a single piece and give it a makeover! I have small decor items that I've re-painted half a dozen times, and they look different every time. You can slipcover a couch or chair, re-paint a furniture piece or add transfers to jazz up something you already have. It makes such a difference! PRO TIP: For an even quicker solution, change out a few pillow covers or toss a new throw over the couch or a chair. Instant fresh look!