The idea of renovating our space is beyond exciting and I know it’ll happen one day but it’s not in the plan (or the budget) right now. Mark didn’t want to make any changes to our new space as he envisioned a complete renovation. After we discussed it for a while, I convince him making small, budget friendly choices could easily transform our space and still have a big impact.
After almost a year in our new home, here are some ideas to refresh your space while staying on budget!
Change Fixtures: This one has been key for us. We have changed out three light fixtures and they’ve transformed those rooms. We replaced our 80’s chandelier in the dining room with a $60 DIY industrial light (similar to the one above). It tied together our other decor elements and really brought the room together. Unsure where to start? Think of making a small investment in a statement light fixture.
Photo: Lark and Linen
Paint or Wallpaper: We have a lot of beige walls and there is no way we are going to paint our house, I’m exhausted even thinking about it. We have decided to add feature walls in a few rooms. In our bedroom we are paining the wall behind our bed black, yes bold but we are doing this in place of a headboard and it will really define the bed area for under $50. Wallpaper out of budget? Take a note from the talented Lark and Linen who painted these stripes for her feature wall.
Makeover a Piece of Furniture: Do you have a piece of furniture that you love but it’s not working in your space whether it’s the color or placement? Moving or painting a piece of furniture can really change up your space. I currently have a blue velvet ottoman but it not longer works with our colour scheme. I purchased some fabric for under $50 and we will be able to keep the ottoman incorporating it into the new room. I love this ottoman above, it’s a DIY you could make using an old bean bag chair or ottoman, all you need is a blanket!
Add an accent. Pieces like large lamps or rugs or bright piece of art can add a nice dynamic to any room. Don’t have a lot to invest? Look at your local thrift store or Craigslist. There are always great finds on there. Plus there are so many fabulous new online stores. The Pivot Lamp above is from Article. The lamp is a simple addition but makes a huge statement.
Don’t be afraid to make a change. We aren’t tearing down walls here, the investment is minimal. If you don’t like the results you can always paint the wall or sell the piece of furniture. I know its not always easy to redecorate but don’t overwhelm yourself thinking you have to makeover the entire room! Adding a piece or taking one away can make a huge change.
Mark didn’t want to change anything in our house because he dreams of tearing down all the walls so he thought it was a waste of time. I convinced him to replace a few fixtures and a mirror in the bathroom (baby steps). His reaction, he couldn’t believe how those small changes made such an impact and he is loving our space. This way we live in a home we love until we are able to renovate. It’s win win.
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