Simple home decor ideas to spruce up your home

Want to give your home a fresh new look, but don’t know where to start? Follow these easy home decor ideas for implementing home decor ideas. Remember, home decor doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and you don’t need to be an interior designer to design a beautiful space!

In fact, the best home decor ideas are often simple and budget-friendly! Read on for a few home decor tips and tricks that anyone can use to give their home an instant upgrade.

Simple home decor ideas: How to redesign your space

Here are some steps to take when decorating your home:

  1. Create a plan: Find inspiration, upcycle where you can, and budget for what you can’t
  2. Consider small changes: Try updating your color scheme, adding greenery, and adding your personal touch where you can
  3. Remember these important tips: Decorate to the size of your space, take advantage of natural light, and keep it functional

Keep reading for more in-depth explanations!

Neutral living room home decor ideas with pink and gold accents
Simple home decor ideas to spruce up your home

Create a plan

One of the most important home decor tips is to have a plan. Start by making a list of things you want to accomplish and figure out how you want the room to function. Once you have an idea of what you want to do, it’s time to start researching home decor ideas that can help you reach your goals, reusing what you have wherever you can, and deciding how much you’re willing to spend on your home decor ideas.

Learn how professional interior designer Julie Khuu designs spaces in the video below.

Find inspiration from your favorite interior designer

If you have a favorite interior designer, see what kind of inspiration you can take from them to incorporate into your home design. Pinterest is also an amazing place for inspiration since you can save everything you love on your own board!

Here are a few super-inspiring home decor bloggers that we love:

Choose a style and color palette

To make sure the entire space comes together, you’ll need to decide which style (or “vibe”) you’re going for and have some ideas for how you can incorporate this into your own interior design. Check out this post, Interior Design Styles 101, to help define your style. Here are some examples:

  • Traditional
  • Modern
  • Eclectic
  • Minimalist
  • Bohemian
  • Modern farmhouse

To make sure the entire room comes together, you will also need to pick a color palette. Do you prefer light colors? Dark colors? Or maybe you really enjoy neutral tones? Whatever your preference, keep this in mind. as you select furnishings, wall colors, and accent items.

Woman staining pine end table
Simple home decor ideas to spruce up your home

Repurpose or upcycle what you already have

Redecorating doesn’t have to mean buying new! In fact, it’s usually way cheaper (and more environmentally friendly) to repurpose or upcycle what you already have. With a sanding block and some paint, you can easily make your space feel like new without breaking the bank.

If you’re unsure of where to start or how to flip furniture, we suggest surfing social media. TikTok, Pinterest, and Instagram are filled with creators looking to help you revamp your space. Check out Junk to Jules page to learn how to give cheap furniture new life, for example!

Declutter your space

The simplest home decor hack is to clear out the clutter! Let’s face it – Things accumulate over the years. Your interests and needs change, too. So be honest with yourself. For example, when did you actually read those old books or magazines on your coffee table?

The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.

Marie KondōThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

So, follow Marie Kondō’s advice and get rid of any unnecessary items. Organize what’s left into neat, well-organized displays that are pleasing to the eye. This will instantly brighten up your home and make it look much bigger.

If you want some expert tips on decluttering your home, check out this article by Joshua Becker over at Forbes magazine. Or, check out our home organization category for tips, tricks, and hacks to keep your living space organized.

Measure your space

Before buying any new home furnishings take the time to measure each room in your home and draw a map of the space. Make sure you include details such as door widths, window sizes, and even the height of your ceilings. Having a good understanding of your home’s layout will help you make better decisions when it comes to home decor ideas.

One way to help you visualize your ideas is to map everything out with painter’s tape. This way you can see if everything will fit before calling in help to haul heavy furniture into the house.

Create a budget

When it comes to home decor, you don’t have to break the bank. Creating a budget for home decor can help make sure that you stay within your means and add interesting pieces to your home without going overboard.

When creating a budget, think about what kind of decor pieces would add the most impact for the least amount of money – this can help you stay on track.

Some home decor ideas to add to your budget include:

  • Adding a few interesting artwork pieces that reflect the style of the room, such as displaying art prints or photographs from local artisans;
  • Buying an accent rug to tie together two different elements in the room;
  • Shopping for curtains that add a pop of color or pattern to the room;
  • Purchasing home decor accessories that have interesting shapes, such as lamps, vases, and candles;
  • Incorporating greenery into your home with potted plants or hanging baskets (more on this below).

By creating a budget for home decor, you can experiment with different home decor ideas that won’t cost a fortune. With some creativity and budgeting, you can create an amazing home that reflects your style!

Small changes that make a big statement

You don’t need to overhaul every room when updating your interior design. In fact, you don’t even need to redo the whole room. You can change simple but impactful decorative elements and it will make all the difference.

Two brushes on top of blue and purple color palettes
Simple home decor ideas to spruce up your home

Update your color scheme

Sometimes, all it takes is a few changes in color to give your home an instant facelift. Choose a palette of colors that you like and incorporate them into the home decor via accent pieces such as pillows, throws, rugs, etc. This can be a great way to add depth and interest to any home.

If you’re ordering a new piece of furniture and aren’t sure exactly which fabric or color will look best in your home, ask if you can bring a sample home (or order one from the store). It’s tough to tell cool and warm tones apart when online shopping, so order samples of upholstery fabrics before committing to such a big change for your living space.

If you have quite a minimalist space, it’s easy to update your color scheme by making small changes. You could also create a statement-making accent wall by painting one whole wall a bold color (that complements your overall interior design, of course!).

Bring in some greenery

Adding a few house plants to your home is an easy way to take your home decor to the next level while adding visual interest. Not only will they brighten up a space, but they can also help purify the air and reduce stress levels, too. Choose plants that require minimal care and choose pots or planters to match your home’s aesthetic.

You might consider adding large plants that can sit on the floor, or you could add smaller potted plants on shelves to create a more interesting wall space. Another option is to add hanging plants and planters. Greenery will also look exceptionally good if you enjoy decorating with other natural materials.

Another simple way to bring life into your interior design is to include a floral arrangement! Whether you clip fresh greenery and florals to create a fresh display for your dining table or buy some dried arrangements, florals are an easy way to add visual interest.

All white dining room with bold wood table. Two vases with flowers sit on the table and black frames are seen on the wall
Simple home decor ideas to spruce up your home

Add your personal touch

Your home is your haven… And also the place to show off your personal style! The goal is to make your room feel comfortable and inviting while showing off who you are. Hiltingberg Interiors recommends adding statement art pieces that you feel connected to, for example.

Here are some other examples of how you can show off your personality in your interior design:

  • Hang family photos or create a photo string
  • Incorporate art from artisans in places you’ve travelled to
  • Create your own art
  • Hang or place an interesting light fixture
  • Tastefully incorporate favorite quotes or sayings (this is especially cute in a nursery)

Here are some room-by-room examples:

Entrance hall

You make your first impression on guests once they walk through the front door, so don’t forget this space! Create a gallery wall or a functional accent wall with wood paneling and statement coat hooks (more ideas here).

Living rooms

Create a conversation area for guests to gather by having multiple seating options near the coffee table. You want to make the space feel warm and inviting, so consider adding a statement piece that sparks conversation.

Dining room

Dining rooms are a space for gathering and sharing meals… Meaning we often spend a lot of time in them! The dining table is the focal point of the space, so consider adding a bold centerpiece on the dining room table. The table itself could be the statement, too!

Things to keep in mind

Whether redecorating your powder room, living room, or the entire house, there are some basic tips to keep in mind.

Decorate according to the size of your space

Without carefully planning your interior design, a larger room can feel overwhelming or a small room can feel cramped. A very basic rule of thumb when thinking about wall color, for example, is that bright colors or white walls make the room feel bigger and dark colors make it feel smaller.

The size of the furniture you choose matters too. For example, a deep sectional sofa in a small sitting room will make things feel pretty cramped. And, while petit side chairs may be cute, they would lose their effect in a large living room.

If you need some living room ideas or have another large floor space that needs decorating, check out our post here!

Simple kitchen with dark grey cupboards and white and grey walls. The room has large windows letting in llots of natural light
Simple home decor ideas to spruce up your home

Take advantage of natural light

Use natural light wherever you can! You may consider creating a nook by placing a window seat, a floor lamp, and a side table. This creates a space perfect for reading or doing your hobbies. As seen in the photo above, even a small space feels big and bright with unobstructed windows.

Make it functional

When it comes to home decor, functionality is key. Look for furniture or accessories that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical and efficient. For example, if your home has limited space, consider investing in multi-functional furniture like a sofa bed or an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table.

You might also have rooms that serve double-duty purposes, such as designing your guest room as a cozy room and an office space. Another idea is to add a cozy reading space in your living room (rather than having an entire reading nook) to maximize square footage in frequently used areas of the home.

And, if you have little ones and/or pets, consider which type of furniture will hold up despite inevitable spills, stains, and general wear and tear. Here’s a guide by Circle Furniture to help you choose upholstery!

Finally, think about how accessible your furniture is as you’re arranging it. Can you easily reach the end table and coffee table from the sofa? Can you turn on the floor or table lamps easily? Are breakables and decorative objects out of the reach of children? These are all important questions to keep in mind.

Conclusion

Home decor doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – It just requires some planning and creativity. From measuring your home’s layout and creating a budget to finding inspiration and adding your own personal touch, these home decor tips can help you create the home of your dreams.

You don’t need to be an interior designer to create a dynamic space, either. You can take inspiration from an interior designer online or surf social media for ideas and DIY projects. So don’t be afraid to get creative, have fun, and make your home truly unique!

FAQs

How can I decorate my home?

We suggest following these steps to decorate your home: Create a plan, implement small changes where possible, and focus on making the space functional but representative of your unique style.

Resources

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References

 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondō

Best Upholstery for Kids, Pets, and Summer Homes, by Circle Upholstery

The Top 9 Expert Strategies To Declutter Your Home, by Joshua Becker

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Elke Crosson
Elke Crosson

Elke Crosson has her BA in International Relations with a minor in Spanish at UBC (Okanagan). She is currently in her second year of the Master of Teaching program at the University of Toronto, with dreams of becoming an elementary-level teacher.

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