One of the changes you may have been considering for the new year may be to the interior of your home, but you may not have the time for a full renovation, or the resources available for expensive design trends. The good news is that you don’t have to renovate your home in order to completely transform it; all you need to do is incorporate these simple ideas.
Love Your Living Room Again
There are many ways to inject some new life into your living room without renovating. The first thing to do is to look at the way your furniture is arranged. If you don’t like it, ask yourself how you’d like your living room to look. Do you need more room, and would moving one or more pieces of furniture around help you achieve that goal?
Make Moving Fun
Ask a friend to come over and help you move heavier items (it might help to include a delicious dinner or snack). Not only will this give you a chance to catch up, but it’ll be a lot quicker and less painful to change the location of furniture if there’s a configuration you don’t like.
A Different Perspective
Next, it’s time to think about how you display certain items. For example, you may have pictures hung on the walls and a collection of some kind in the display cabinet. If so, consider displaying those pictures inside the cabinet. For your collection, choose to display them all together on a side table or shelf. A collection that’s all in the same spot will draw the eye and create visual interest.
Using your display cabinet for pictures might seem unusual, but this can also be a great way to generate visual interest. Not only that but, in placing family photos and keepsakes in the cabinet, they’re protected better than they might be in the open.
Divide and Conquer
If your living room is a very large space and you want to make the most of it, consider installing sliding glass doors. These innovations allow you to divide a large space into two separate, usable areas at will.
Hail to the Hallway
The hallway helps you get from one area of your home to another but, beyond that, you may not have given your hallway much thought. The truth is that this area of your home is perfect if you want to get bold and brave. Why? Because its area is typically the smallest of all the areas in your home. This makes it the most economical space to redesign.
A Splash of Color
Today’s paint colors are available in the thousands, and the best thing about today is that anything goes, so you don’t have to worry about breaking any style rules. Perhaps you love a particular shade like mustard or berry but aren’t feeling it for a room. Why not try these shades in your hallway instead?
Fool the Eye
Use light colors for the hallway, and it can make it appear to be taller and more airy, giving the impression of a larger space. If you’ve chosen a saturated jewel tone that’s darker, such as teal, you can still increase the perceived size and height of your hallway by placing framed art or a similar piece over a main doorway to attract the eye upward.
To give new paint colors even more of a boost, install sliding doors on the rooms off the hallway. This will allow light to pass through without sacrificing privacy and really make that new shade stand out.
A Better Bathroom
The bathroom is another typically small space that can be completely, yet easily, transformed. In addition, a small bathroom is a space where you can really experiment. If your budget is small, many experts in home decor trends will tell you that a great place to spend your money on is the bathroom. Get those fancy taps you’ve always wanted or buy that antique washstand you’ve had your eye on.
Do Some Reflecting
Mirrors are ideal for increasing the size of this room. They can bounce light around like nobody’s business, and there are so many styles to choose from. One large antique mirror with a gilded frame can be a beautiful and eye-catching, yet practical, addition. If you have two sinks with a single mirror, replacing it with two and installing a sconce between can really switch things up.
Get More Real Estate
You can get a lot more usable space in your bathroom by trading that traditional door for a sliding, lockable door in frosted glass. How is this possible? Because glass sliding doors are situated right up against the wall; they don’t swing in and out. This means that whether the door is open or closed, you are always saving the maximum amount of available space.
If your bedroom is your sanctuary, then ensuring it’s as cozy and comfortable as possible just makes sense. You don’t have to worry about falling victim to fleeting home interior trends to achieve it, either; all that is needed are a few simple changes.
The Time Warp
If you have a particular era that you love, the bedroom can be the ideal place to go back in time. When redesigning for a certain period, you’ll not only want to consider color, but fabric as well. For instance, a 1920s-inspired redesign can include lots of opulence and sparkle, so consider soft, shiny, and luxurious pillows and bedspreads.
On the walls, choose antique velvet wallpaper instead of paint. To up the style ante, you can wallpaper just one wall, such as the one directly behind your bed, and repaint the rest in a popular hue of the era.
Mix It Up
As we said before, anything goes. If you’re an old soul who also loves modern style innovations, there are no rules against mixing the two in your bedroom—or in any room, for that matter. Don’t be afraid to combine kitsch with class, or yard sale finds with expensive statement pieces. You may be pleasantly surprised at the incredible impact this has on your bedroom’s look.
It’s been scientifically proven that having certain plants in your home can improve the air quality. The bedroom can be the ideal space to house these living wonders. Plants are beautiful to look at, which will elevate your mood, and their air-scrubbing properties can enhance the rest you get.
Sunlight also has a dramatic impact on health, improving focus, and kick-starting crucial hormone production and many other major processes in the body. In fact, sunlight has been found to be so healthy that many health practitioners now recommend exposure to sunlight instead of, or along with, prescribed medications.
Here, again, is where interior glass doors can help. They reflect the sun and infuse the room with natural light. They aren’t only doors; they can be mirrors, too, which makes the room look bigger and eliminates the need to sit a mirror on the ground or hang it on the wall. These doors really are important pieces of interior design furniture.
The kitchen is the place where your family may come together for meals. It may also be your happy place, where you can spend hours creating and never get bored. Whatever you use your kitchen for, redesigning can be easy. Adding metal elements, such as copper, to appliances or accents can be enough to get your kitchen glowing.
Continuing with the “no rules” theme, you can most certainly have a chandelier in your kitchen, whether it’s an antique or modern piece. If your kitchen is situated next to your living room, cooking odors can easily migrate and settle in sofa fabric. To avoid this, install a sliding door between the two rooms. This separation will be enough to keep smells contained while allowing you to hear what’s happening in the next room
A Door for Every Room
As you can see, it’s easy and affordable to change up the look of any room in your home. The same is true of the interior glass door products made by The Sliding Door Company. We offer a wide range of glass types, locks, and frame designs so that you can make your interior design dreams a reality for every room. Learn more by calling 1-888-988-5033 today.