It doesn't matter if it's a grand house, a small cabin, a mobile home or an apartment, there is a lot you can do right now Whether you own your home or rent, you can love where you live.
Here are my suggestions for sprucing up your space.
1. Paint, Paint, Paint
Paint is the cheapest way to redecorate. And if you don't like it, you can just paint it again! I am having loads of fun with paint these days.
Don't be thwarted by ugly counter tops or blemished refrigerators, etc. My answer: Just paint it!
2. Add Personality To Your Rooms
Whether you like shabby chic or farmhouse style or traditional or boho, decorate with things that help express who you are.
You can do this via wall paintings, collections, books, lamps, etc. Your personality shines through in the colors you paint your walls and furniture.
3. Change Out Hardware & Faucets
Changing out door knobs, whether you want to buy new ones or paint the existing ones, makes a world of difference. Change out switch plates. You can buy new ones or use scrapbook paper and decoupage your own or even paint them.
Though I rent a one-bedroom apartment, I had the maintenance man put on a new Moen kitchen faucet that I purchased for $69. And I love it!
So much easier to put the pupsters in for a quick bath, because the faucet arcs high and gives me more room.
It's amazing the difference that faucet makes to my everyday life. So why not?
5. Add Under Cabinet Lighting & Lamps To Your Kitchen
For around $20, I purchased those stick-on round lights that go underneath my cabinets. They give me two light settings in a dark area of the kitchen. Love them!
Overhead light is harsh. If you have the room, add a pretty lamp. The glow on an overcast day makes your kitchen look and feel nice and cozy.
6. Enliven Your Space With Plants
Plants are really big again. For me, they never went out of vogue. I simply love the addition of nature in my home. Greenery looks fabulous while at the same time filtering the toxins out of the air.
Plants help to soften angles in your rooms. They add so much to your decor.
Maybe get really motivated and create a terrarium or indoor fairy garden.
7. Add Books To Your Rooms
To me a house is just not a home without books. I adore them, and I love to read them. I also use them for reference.
You can stack them or use them on the coffee table or other surfaces. Decorate your shelves with them.
Books add personality and help tell who you are by what you read.
8. Upcycle What's Old And Drab Into Something New
If you have an old dresser in the basement or attic, turn it into a kitchen island or beverage bar.
Simply look at what you have with new eyes.
Tables can become desks. Potting benches can become coffee bars (like mine). The sky is absolutely the limit!
9. Add Mirrors
Mirrors enlarge a space. They open up a room.
No matter what your mirror may look like, or how badly you hate the frame it's in, you can freshen the wood or plastic or whatever it's made out of with paint. Or glue sea shells or marbles or whatever suits your fancy onto the frame, and it will look completely different.
10. Make It Work Where You Live Right Now
Don't wait until you get to "that perfect home" while being miserable in the one you now reside in. There is so much you can change!
Start looking on Pinterest or gather clippings from magazines, and make that home one you're proud to show off.
No matter whether you have a tight budget or just can't envision it. Maybe have a friend or two come in and ask them for suggestions.
And I must add: Decorate the outdoors.
You can use the outdoors as an extension of your living space. As I have with my fenced-in patio.
There's no reason for it to look plain and unloved. Just take the same principles and use them outdoors.
Add cozy seating areas, pretty plants, add outdoor lamps, decorate the fence, and even add a mirror or two out there as well (just not in the sunlight; that can be dangerous).
Buy a rug. Add color and greenery and flowers. And you will have a happy space to enjoy outdoors as well.
Loving where you live puts a spring in your step. It brings you out of the doldrums. You simply can't be happy if you hate where you live.
So change it! There's no reason why you can't.