Everyone has that one room in their house that they don’t know what to do with. For whatever reason, something’s not clicking. The walls look drab, the decor looks bland or outdated, and the room just looks sad. You wish you could afford a full head-to-toe renovation where you can knock out a wall or rip out the carpet, but you don’t have that kind of time or money. If only you could just transform a room by just snapping your fingers like Mary Poppins.
Although you can’t do a full remodel without some serious elbow grease, you can transform a room easily by just doing a few simple changes. Is your room boring and bland? Add a splash of color with an accent wall. Is your room feeling cold and boring? Brighten up the space with some indoor plants. You’ll be surprised how easily you can revamp a whole room with just a few little tweaks.
And if you’re thinking about money, all of these changes are not only easy — they’re cheap. In fact, you can easily give your entire living room a makeover with $50 or less. Hit up the weekend thrift market to find little accent pieces for your wall or your tables. Go to online stores like Amazon or even eBay to find affordable throw pillows and blankets to liven up an old couch. Check out sites like RetailMeNot to find deals and coupon codes to use while online shopping for your items too. As you find these pieces and start redesigning your space, you’ll quickly learn that transforming your dull room isn’t nearly as hard as you thought.
However, for you more visual learners, check out the gallery below to see before-and-after photos of rooms that look so much better after changing just one thing.
Transform With Plants
If your room looks tired and dreary, a few potted plants or two (or three) can do wonders. Not only do they bring a touch of nature indoors, they also add a little color to bland spaces. Some great types of indoor plants are ferns, bamboo palms, ivy's, cacti, and dragon trees. Of course, if you don't have a green thumb, you can always go for a self-watering plant or a rubber one.
Add a splash of paint.
Wall color is by far the most transformative outlet of any room. With just a coat of paint, you can turn a boring white rental apartment into a bright, orange oasis or even a cool blue retreat. If you don't have the energy to paint your entire room, simply pick one wall to focus on (preferably your most boring wall) and add an accent color. If you're unsure of what color to choose, use an online color visualizer like Behr ColorSmart or Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer to help you narrow down the options.
Transform Picture Frames
If you're tired of staring at the plain wall in your living room, freshen it up with some decorative frames. Hit the antique market to find them for cheap. However, you can also find plenty at places like Walmart and Target at affordable prices too. If you don't have any pictures to put in the frames, simply hang them up empty. Having several of them in a cluster gives a nice visual focal point to a room.
Light Fixture Update
Change a light fixture.
When renting or buying a house, most people simply accept whatever fixtures are already installed in the home — but it doesn't have to be that way. If your living room light is boring, soulless, and reminds you of an office, switch it out for a more dazzling design instead. If you're terrified of changing a light fixture yourself or don't really have the time to devote to it, you can hire people to do odd jobs for you on sites like TaskRabbit or Thumbtack.
Transform Decorative Table
Add decorative pieces to your table.
Life's too short for tables with nothing on them (except for a magazine and the TV remote). Hit up your favorite thrift stores for adorable knick-knacks like bowls, tea sets, and even antique books. Arrange them on your table to give your room a look that's worthy of a catalog.
Add a rug.
A huge accent rug can do wonders to a room, from dividing up the space to adding a splash of color. However, if you're too afraid to commit to a $500 rug, check out sites like Rugs USA or eSaleRugs. Both sites sell large area rugs for as cheap as $99 with free shipping. On Rugs USA, you can even preview what the rug will look like in your room before you purchase. If you're still feeling apprehensive about buying a rug online, you can always check out used shops that sell antique rugs for about the same price.
Transform Pillow Cases
Add throw pillows and blankets.
A pop of color from a pillow can do wonders for a drab space. If your room is mostly white/beige, find a pillow with a loud pattern and then accent it with more pillows in a solid color. You can also match it with a blanket for extra color. See? Easy.