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Sometimes a series of small changes can make a big difference in life. While most of us would like rapid, instant change and would love to achieve all our goals almost instantly, it seldom unfolds that way.
Instead, a measured approach of small changes that can be worked on week by week can create an amazing transformation over time. It does take a bit of patience for this approach, but it is far less stressful when you break the tasks up into doable items and handle them one at a time.
The same is true if you are looking to make changes to your home. Rather than biting off something big like a full kitchen or bathroom remodel, consider making smaller improvements that really add up over the year.
This incremental approach will be far less disruptive than tearing something down and rebuilding it. It will also help you financially, as the smaller changes will cost you far less than a major project, and their cost can be spread over time.
Step by step, you will see your home and living space start to transform as you act on each of the small changes.
Start With the Clutter
If you want to make an immediate difference in where you live, with no expenditure at all, begin with de-cluttering your home. The process can take a while, depending on how much stuff you have, so you may want to break it down in rooms, or even closets.
The plan is to get rid of anything you have not used recently, and that does not bring happiness into your life. You will find this makes a huge difference in the energy and feeling of your space. With the extra, unused items gone, you will feel an enhanced sense of peace and spaciousness.
Add Mirrors to Boost Light and Open Up the Space
Mirrors can bring a big boost to a smaller space, and their reflective nature can open another dimension in the room. They are also great because they can bring light into space. It is best to position them, so they are hanging perpendicular to or across from the window.
Adding a big mirror can make a bold design statement and add interest and personality to the room. You might consider adding an antique mirror that also functions as an art piece in the living or bedroom area.
Replace Your Old Mattress Set with a New, Luxury Bed
You can transform your bedroom environment, and how you sleep at night when you purchase a new mattress set. Far too often, after a long, frenetic day at work, you find yourself trying to sleep. Instead of a restful slumber, though, you toss and turn as you desperately try to get comfortable.
When you look for a new bed, you will be able to find a top-quality choice that gives you a level of firmness that is perfect for you. If you are ready to buy a new mattress, you will save a lot of money by shopping online. By taking this approach, you’ll be able to get luxury mattresses, at a price you can afford.
Create a New Look for Your Wall Art
It takes a lot of work to initially arrange your pictures and artwork, and all too often we leave them where they were first hung, year after year. Since nothing is changing, the eyes lose visual interest and the artwork its appeal. Rearranging or hanging your art in a new way can revitalize your space.
While you could choose to add new pieces to the mix too, that may not be necessary. Many of us have art that is sitting in the attic or basement and could be readily incorporated into a new wall art design. Play with layouts, such as clustering several artworks together for a gallery wall effect.
Add a Touch of Interest with a Vintage Piece
When you add an antique or vintage item to the mix, it generates an immediate focus and creates a point of interest in the room. You might choose a lovely piece of vintage furniture, whose patina and worn edges suggest it has a story to tell.
Perhaps you could add a weathered vase or basket, or even a special lamp that harkens back to old days and times. Whatever elements you choose, you will be offsetting the more typical design aesthetic, and sparking more interest within the space.
Highlight and Beautify Your Staircase
When you think of it, your staircase occupies a substantial amount of visible space in your home. It is an overlooked opportunity that you can quickly and easily upgrade. You could add beauty and interest if you paint the handrail or add a coat of color to the balusters supporting the rail.
Another easy change you can make is to add a decorative runner to the steps themselves. Your new runner will bring a sweep of design and color that leads the eyes up the stairs.
Repaint One of Your Rooms
Over time, the paint in a room gets a lot of wear, especially in spaces that have high use or traffic. It’s recommended that you repaint kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms every 2 to 4 years. Lower traffic areas, like living or dining rooms, might see a new coat of paint in the 5-to-7-year range.
Choosing a new shade of paint can truly transform a room. If you go with dark or warm color options, a big room will feel cozier. When you opt for cool or light colors, it can make a space feel bigger and brighter.
Change the Lighting in Your Room
If you only have the main lighting fixture in a room, you may find that the light is harsh and also makes the space feel washed out. One of the best things you can do is to utilize three sources of light within the room.
As in addition to the overhead lights already present, add functional lighting sources like a floor or table lamp. You can then also add special decorative elements, like beautiful candles and sconces.