Continuing last week’s topic on when your decorating style changes. This week I’m sharing how to change your home decor in 4 simple steps!
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Over the years I’ve learned that once you come to the full realization that you’re not really loving the way your home looks and feels. It becomes an ever-present thing that’s always in the background.
Every time you look around this is the face you make. (That’s been my face since 2019 y’all LOL!).
But, where do you start (and not break the bank) when you want to change your home decor?
Well, I think I got you covered! If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I love switching up the look in my home. And these 4 simple tips I’m sharing are ones I’ve used over the years to change my home decor with less stress and less money.
How To Change Your Home Decor In 4 Simple Steps
1- Quieting Your Space
Quieting your space is a practice I learned from Myquillyn Smith’s (The Nester) Cozy Minimalist course and book, Cozy Minimalist Home.
To start, you want (ideally) to take everything out of the space you’re working on except for the larger pieces (sofa, bookshelves, etc…).
For our purposes, we want to aim to take out the accessories and decorating items (including curtains). This way you can literally see the base you’re working with. Without the visual “noise” of all your decor items (some you may not even like).
After you live with it for a few days (at least). You can start intentionally bringing back only the things that you really want/or need to be in that space. Don’t just put things back where they’ve always been.
Here is my last living room circa 2017 “quieted down”. I kept it that way for a few weeks. When I did bring my decor back for fall that year, it was my very favorite version of my living room (then we moved haha).
2- Sell Your Old Home Decor
Now we’ve quieted our room. The next step is to go through the pieces you took out of that room. Let go of the home decor items you no longer want or fit your style.
Selling the items you don’t want on sites likes Facebook Marketplace is a great way to get them out of your house and make money while you’re at it. Now You’ll have some money to spend on new home decor pieces that can work with your new decorating style. Without it coming out of your household funds (too much).
I’ve been selling on Facebook Marketplace since the beginning of September (almost everything on the table and curtains). And I’ve already made enough to update my breakfast nook (more on that coming soon).
3- Get Creative Decorating With What You Already Have
Now that you have some money in your pockets to go towards changing your home decor. Let’s make those decorating dollars go even further by getting creative with how we use what we already have.
To help you get even closer to the look and feel you want in your space. Try some of these ideas below.
- Breathe new life into an old piece of furniture with paint.
- Try breaking up matching furniture sets for a new look.
(If you look closely you will notice in my last seasonal home tours, that the matching armchair to the sofa in my living room is in the family room. And the matching slipcovered armchair to my sectional in the family room is in my living room)
- Swap out furniture and decor from around your house. (I do this all the time!)
- A pretty throw blanket can conceal a dated headboard.
- Decorative pillows and throws can camouflage upholstery pieces that have seen better days.
Want more ideas and inspiration for updating your home decor? Follow me on Pinterest!I pin a lot (I luuuve Pinterest) and have some great boards all about furniture makeovers, DIY’s, and of course plenty of pretty photos for lots of inspiration.
4- Invest In Classic Pieces
Lastly, if you are able to invest in new furniture. I would consider going for classic pieces in neutral colors. Especially for your big-ticket items like a sofa or dining table and chairs. (I feel like this needs to be its own blog post)
Keep the trendier styles for less expensive items like pillows, curtains, and other decor items. That way you’ll be able to create a new look in your space simply by changing the accessories.
My bed, sofa, sectional (slipcover), dining table, and chairs (slipcover) are all neutral classic pieces and can look completely different depending on the accessories around them.
Lastly, the reality is sometimes we just have to live with things in our home that we may not love. There is nothing wrong with living with temporary fixes (and sometimes no so temporary).
Decorating our homes is not a marathon. We should all feel free to decorate at our own pace.
Plus every home decor lover knows half the fun is in the decorating process as much as the outcome!