Simple and Sweet Ways to Incorporate New Design Styles in Your Home

I’m handing my blog over to Kacey from The Drifter Collective today! She’s sharing some design ideas to give your home a makeover!


Simple and Sweet Ways to Incorporate New Design Styles in Your Home

Do you ever look around your home and think, “I love it here, but it needs… something”? If so, welcome to the club — we’ve all been there. We’ve all searched for little ways to spruce up the look of a space without completely revamping the décor and draining our budgets in the process.

Fortunately, there are easy swaps and upgrades to make so that your home has a bit more oomph without much effort or spending on your part. Here are six ideas for the little makeover of your dreams.

  1. Choose Color for Your Countertop

Sure, you want your fridge, oven, stove and dishwasher to have the same finish for a cohesive look. But gone are the days when your countertop appliances must come in the same hue, too.

Instead, you can easily add a bit of style to your kitchen with a colorful stand mixer, toaster or coffeemaker. You might also choose one in the same shade as your existing appliances, but with a bit more of a decorative edge. A look through some of the most eye-catching coffeemakers on the market will show you modern, colorful and retro-looking machinery. Take your pick, plug it in and spice the place up a little bit more.

  1. Throw Some Pillows and a Blanket… or a Rug

Maybe it’s your neutral sofa that’s bringing you down. Again, it’s wise to invest in a couch in a shade that’ll be “in” for years, but it might end up feeling a bit blah once it’s in your space. There’s an easy way to change that, though: throw pillows and throw blankets, of course.

The best way to pair everything is to choose the throw pillows first. Choose different patterned fabrics in similar colors so that they go together. Then, pull your favorite hue from one of the fabrics and make that your throw. You can even match some accessories to the color of that throw and voila: you’ve got a cohesive, colorful room.

You can make a bit bigger of an investment — and a greater overall impact — by placing an area rug in the room in question, too. Area rugs can bring some serious color and style into a space with little effort on your part, especially if the retailer delivers your new rug directly to your doorstep.

  1. Distress Your Wood Furniture

Have you had the same perfectly painted kitchen table for ages? Are you ready to mix things up a bit?

Distressed furniture can be a part of so many different design styles: French country, coastal, shabby-chic, bohemian, farmhouse… these décor styles and more work with a distressed piece of wood furniture.

It’s an easy project to take on, too: if you like the paint shade already, simply sand down parts and seal it in with polyurethane. Or, you can start from the beginning: sand down a piece of wood furniture, paint it, re-sand it, apply a stain for further distressing and seal it all in with polyurethane.

  1. Frame It

No need to raise hands and reveal yourselves, but, do you have unframed artwork hanging on your walls? If so, you can make your entire room feel more polished simply by framing out your art. Seriously: you won’t believe how much more finished your bedroom, living room or kitchen will feel when your posters or pictures have frames around them.

To that end, you can create a cozy, homey vibe by putting together your own gallery wall. This is an easy, low-cost project that will display personal photos, art, inspirational quotes… whatever you want in an eye-catching way.

  1. Find Happier Hardware

Brass doorknobs dragging you down? You don’t have to look at those for one weekend longer: upgrading your home’s hardware is an easy fix. Just make sure the new pieces you buy — whether they’re crystal knobs or painted ceramic ones — have their screws in the same place as the ones you’ve got now. That’ll make removing the old hardware and replacing it a breeze. The same goes for your kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, built-ins… the hardware swap possibilities are endless.

  1. Crack the Blinds (and Dress Up Your Windows)

Finally, you can instantly make your space feel warmer, airier, brighter and cozier by letting the natural light in. If you have your blinds closed constantly, pull those strings and see what a difference the sun can make.

With all those natural rays pouring in, you’re likely to be looking at your windows much more often. Hang some curtains to complete the look of your pane-centric living room, kitchen or bedroom. You can go super breezy and feminine with sheer white panels, or give the space a richer, traditional, luxurious touch with a velvety fabric. Or, of course, your tastes might fall somewhere between those two ends of the spectrum.

See? It’s not that hard or time-consuming to spice up your house and give it a bit more of a decorative flair. These are only six examples of what you can do, too: how will you update your home? Let me know in the comments below.  

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can also find her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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