Redecorating a home is all about creating a fresh look. It’s also a great time to consider making updates and upgrades, from furniture to decor to appliances. The first step is to make a plan. Unless you have an unlimited budget, you’ll want to decide how much you can afford to spend in each room. Tackle one room at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed, and remember to have fun creating your perfect spaces.
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Redecorating a kitchen can be as simple or as complex as you make it, with the average remodel costing $21,751. The biggest expenses tend to be buying new cabinetry and changing the layout (moving plumbing isn’t easy).
If a full makeover isn’t in your budget, even small changes can make a big difference. Consider painting old cabinets rather than replacing them, or simply changing the hardware. Upgrading countertops or adding a clean, modern backsplash can help create a whole new look for less.
Consider functionality when divvying up your redecorating budget. That new smart fridge that texts you when you’re out of milk is great if you can afford it. However, if you don’t have unlimited cash, it’s important to stick to your budget. Think about how much you use each appliance. You probably don’t need a six-burner stove fit for a professional chef when most of your meals come from the microwave. Don’t forget appliances outside the kitchen: Consider updating your HVAC system or laundry room, too.
The easiest and most affordable way to redecorate a bedroom is to buy new linens. A new bedspread, quilt, or comforter set can instantly transform the room. However, if you want to go beyond the basics, consider looking up. It just makes sense to decorate the ceiling in a bedroom, and there are plenty of ways to do it, including adding architectural details such as molding or rustic wooden beams. Other stylish options include paint, wallpaper, and stencils.
Living Room Tips
Design experts advise starting with the biggest piece in the room when decorating, so the couch is key. If buying new, there are many styles available, from traditional to contemporary to midcentury modern and more. Measure the room (and doorways) before going shopping, so you don’t end up with a beautiful new sofa that doesn’t fit the space (or through the front door).
An area rug can tie a room together, but size matters here, too. A too-small rug will make the room look cluttered. Pushing furniture against the walls is a common mistake; it won’t make the room look bigger. Leave some space and let the room “breathe.” To create the illusion of space, use a mirror, which can also make a room look brighter.
Redecorating your home can be overwhelming, but it’s the perfect time to make updates and upgrades. Start by making a plan, do some research, stick to your budget, and have fun creating spaces that fit your personality.