Unleash Your Inner Designer with These 25 Simple Home Decor IdeasApril 25, 2023 by Jamie Forbes | Redfin
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If you’re anything like us, you probably love the idea of transforming your living space into a cozy, stylish, and welcoming haven. However, the thought of home decor can often be overwhelming, especially if you’re working with a limited budget or feel like you lack the skills of an interior designer. The good news is that you don’t need to be a pro to create a beautiful home that reflects your personality and style. With these simple home decor ideas, you can unleash your inner designer and transform your living space into a comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing retreat.
1. Before decorating, clean your home
For many people, the desire to revamp their living spaces is often hindered by the daunting task of tackling the dirt and grime that has accumulated over time. If this sounds like you, it’s important to prioritize cleaning as the first step towards achieving your redecorating goals.
“To start cleaning your home, break your space into sections and set a timer to make it more manageable,” says Janet Gomez, founder of Jan’s Spring. “Each day, focus on one section of the home, such as the kitchen or living room, and spend 30 minutes cleaning and decluttering,” she says. “By tackling small sections each day, you can make progress without feeling overwhelmed.”
2. Decluttering is also essential
Clutter is the other common culprit preventing people from redecorating their homes. Start by walking through your home with a box and packing it with items you no longer need. “When you’re done, put this box in a closet,” says Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer. “Do this every year and only allow yourself to keep one box in the closet, donating everything else.”
You can also use baskets to clear the clutter. “Keep a large, beautiful woven basket of some sort near the stairs on each level of your home,” recommends Kelly Egan, owner of Great Oak Haven. “Use them as drop boxes for clutter throughout the week, and every weekend, empty them.”
3. Start with your porch
Now that your home is clean and clutter-free, it’s time to start decorating.
Porches are usually the first part of a house you see, so it’s important that they look polished and blend in with the rest of your home. There are many ways to decorate your porch, including seasonal lighting and comfortable seating. “You can also add planters for a complete look that will boost curb appeal,” suggests Lauren Klender, an interior designer with Lauren Ashley Interiors. “Another option is to switch out your doormat for a lighter color.”
If you’re getting ready for spring, spruce your porch up with flower pots made by local potters. “Stop by your local pottery studio and see what they have available,” advises the team at Moxie Blankets. “If they don’t have anything for sale, ask them to create you a custom piece,” they say. “This is a fun and unique way to make your porch more charming.”