Add an accent wall
If you can’t afford to [or would rather not] repaint an entire room, choose one wall in a neutral-coloured space and give it a coat of something colourful. Rich tones like plum and burgundy work well in beige or grey rooms, and the result is an inspired update to a pedestrian palate.
Home decor accents such as throw pillows and area rugs can often be purchased at reasonable prices, but offer an instant update to any room in the house. Add bold cushions to neutral couches and chairs and toss area rugs onto hardwood floors that have seen better days.
Replace low-cost items
Threadbare towels and ratty shower curtains can make any bathroom look tired and outdated. So instead of thinking you need to renovate, simply replace old, worn accessories with crisp, new ones. The difference will be immediately apparent and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Scour thrift stores
Items like mirrors, vases, photo frames and other small home decor accents always seem to find their way into thrift shops and vintage stores. Choose a weekend afternoon, grab some girlfriends and go on a search for unique and chic items you can use to spruce up your space.
Try wall decals
Having a lot of wall space to cover can be intimidating. Rather than splurge on large pieces of art, full-length mirrors or floor-to-ceiling shelves, think about adding wall decals as a way to spice up your living space. Easy to apply and removable when you need a change, they can be an affordable and stylish option.