Cheap Ways to Liven up Your Space

The following is a guest post by Emmalee Smith of DIYMother.

If you have been in the same space for a while, you know that after a while it can feel outdated and dull. There are plenty of ways you can change your space: reupholster furniture, re-carpet, or install new appliances. Of course, those changes can get pretty pricey pretty fast. Instead, there are several inexpensive ways you can make your space feel like new.

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Change Your Walls

Sometimes all it takes to change a room is a pop of color. Painting an accent wall or two can be cheap and easy. If you don’t think an accent wall will get the job done you can either paint a pattern on the wall or get a wall decal. There are all sorts of decals in different colors, patterns; some even have different phrases for in the kitchen or bathroom. Another trend is hanging a collage of empty decorative frames on a wall. This will give your wall texture and color, and it is relatively cheap.

Add Some Plants

Adding some plants to a room is a great way to add some color and make you space feel natural and airy. You can add some potted plants, or you can set up a terrarium. Terrariums are great ways to add plants to a room without taking up a lot of space. You can easily make a terrarium using a jar, some dirt, rocks, moss, and some succulents. There are different types of terrarium containers so you can make it small enough to fit on an end table or coffee table, or even hang it on the wall. Of course, if you have a black thumb, there are still ways you can add plants to your space. You can add fake plants or you can buy the Click and Grow system. The Click and Grow system lets you grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables by simply adding water.

Give Furniture a Face Lift

Sometimes all you need to do to make old furniture feel new is to add a fresh coat of paint. For a modern look or feel, you can paint tables, chairs, bookcases, or entertainment centers with black or white paint. This simple change can give a brand new look to your old furniture. You can experiment with different colors and types of paint; some people even use matte finish paint and add high-gloss touches to give the furniture added texture. If you prefer to have a more rustic look, you can always add a new lighter stain to your wood furniture. This weekend project will make your space feel like new.

Update Fixtures

While updating fixtures may sounds like some pricey purchases, but you can find some sleek looking fixtures without spending a ton. You can get a new faucet for the kitchen sink and find matching light fixtures, or opt to get flush-mounted lights. This can give an outdated kitchen an upgraded feel. You can also update fixtures in your bathroom. You can find fixtures for the bathroom sink that also match the bathtub. Also something people don’t think about when updating their bathroom is the fan. There are different types of bath fans that can change the look and feel of the bathroom, or you can find a dual light and bath fan. These small changes in the bathroom, kitchen, or even at a wet bar give your space a new look without breaking the bank.

Add a Floor Rug

While redoing the carpet or changing your flooring can be expensive, you can choose to use an area rug to dress up the space. Rugs can bring in different colors, designs, and add texture to any room. If you don’t want to spend money on a designer rug, you can make your own. There are lots of tutorials online on how to make a rug using old shirts or cloth, or by making an old table cloth into the rug of your dreams. If you already have a rug and want to change things up a bit, you can use either acrylic or fabric paint and a stencil to create a new patterned rug. Sometimes the best idea is right under our feet.

Changing the look and feel of your space doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. These are just a few inexpensive ways to change your space. If you want to get more ideas, sites like Pinterest and Craftgawker are great places to get some inspiration. Also, before you go out and buy something new, look online to see if there is a DIY project you can do instead. This will give you the same great looks you can find in specialty stores but cost a whole lot less.

Emmalee Smith graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in interior designs. After working as an interior designer, she decided to start helping others with their projects by writing for DIYMother. She likes to teach simple DIY projects and tips for decorating. Emmalee enjoys photography and learning about the latest trends in home renovations and design.

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