You don’t need to be a professional interior decorator to give your home a unique personalized touch.
Here are a few of the best creative and affordable ways to take your home from mundane to fun all on your own.
1. Freshen Up the Front Door
The entrance to your home is the first thing people will see when they visit, so it should reflect the design of the rest of your house.
Depending on your budget, you might want to give your front door a fresh coat of paint, or completely replace it.
A customized front door does not actually cost as much as you might think, and it can completely restyle the exterior of your home in one glance.
2. Ditch the Dining Room Table
Do you have a big, outdated oak table in your dining room that no one ever sits at? If you do, you are not alone.
Huge dining tables are one of those antiquated pieces of home décor that are still lingering from older generations.
Most of us never use our dining tables, so why hold on to them?
Lighten up that room by replacing the big table with a smaller, cozier round table.
The whole family will still be able to sit there, and it won’t feel quite as polished and stuffy.
If you have a chandelier hanging over that dining table, you don’t have to take it down.
Keep it, and add a little flair to your friendlier dining room.
3. Stack Up the Shelves
There is no such thing as too much storage space, in any home.
Get creative with your shelving – you can build your own custom shelves, DIY-style, or bring in a professional carpenter.
Bespoke shelving adds a charming touch to any room in the house, and it is a great way to renovate an awkward space or alcove.
Add a pop of color to your shelf design to lighten up the space.
Once you have built and painted them, use your shelves to show off some important family photos and heirlooms, or find some fun knick knacks that will give the room personality.
4. Let in the Light
Nothing brightens up a space like a little natural lighting.
Installing a skylight is a wonderful way to let more light into a room, making the space appear bigger, brighter and friendlier.
This could be the perfect solution for a renovated attic or a gloomy upstairs bathroom.
Off-the-peg skylights are generally pretty affordable to have installed.
If they can be propped open to let some fresh air circulate, it will do even more to expand the room.
5. Change Up the Curtains
Curtains and blinds are perfect for adding a fresh and tasteful splash of color to a room.
They will draw the eye without completely overwhelming.
Don’t be afraid to pick out a new set of curtains with a dramatic pattern or vibrant colors – it will give the room some personality.
While you might not want to go dramatic with your curtains and blinds in every room of the house, we recommend it for a sitting/living room and bathroom, or maybe the kitchen.
6. Grow Some Green
Houseplants never go out of style.
A little green will soften up the room and add some life to dim spaces.
And don’t worry – they don’t have to require a lot of maintenance.
Try jade in a sunny spot, or a winter fern or lily in a darker corner.
They will grow just fine with regular watering.
If you have a really busy schedule or travel a lot, succulents are an extremely low-maintenance option.
They are also trending right now – you can find some beautiful arrangements for an extra low cost.
7. Class up the cabinets
Another fun way to throw a little sparkle and shimmer into your décor is with cabinet handles and knobs.
Head to a thrift store or flea market and pick up some vintage sets; look for bright color and spunky designs.
A matching set will tie the room together more, but a mix of handle designs in your kitchen or living room can give it a unique flare.
They are easy to swap out and install, so it can be an ongoing process.
8. Build a Better Bookcase
A new bookcase, or a re-designed version of your old bookcase, will change up a living room or bedroom design.
Paint the back wall of the case a soft color, and add some carefully selected trinkets that match each other.
It is important not to overload your bookcase.
Too many books, photos and knickknacks will end up looking tacky; make sure that the shelves are sparse enough for the back wall to show through.
If you have a lot of books, consider investing in a bigger case, or a second case – two well-decorated shelves will look better than one cluttered one.
9. Bring in a Brand New Sign
If you have a home bar or man-cave, there’s no reason to shy away from a little quirky, personalized design.
A neon sign shows off your personality and makes a space much more fun.
Signs can be great for the kitchen, outdoor bar or patio – wherever you find yourself entertaining guests.
Check out this selection of creative neon beer signs for some inspiration.
They will give your home bar an awesome, customized twist.
Cookie-cutter is the last thing any of us want for our homes.
With a little elbow grease, creativity and DIY motivation, you can take your home interior from drab to fab.
All of these creative renovations can be accomplished on your own or with the help of a professional, depending on your budget, and can be adapted to suit your design style and personal taste.
Remember, it’s your space – add a few twists and splashes of color, and really make it feel like your own.
If that fails or you feel your home is simply not working for you anymore, then perhaps it might be time to consider buying a new home.
But before you pick up the phone and call your nearest removals company, try some of the above ideas and see if you can transform your home into something truly special and unique to you.
Lara Douglas is a young woman who loves interior designing and home decor. She is passionate about new trends and fashion forward home décor ideas. She regularly posts at Neon Signs Depot.