Design Wake Up Call: Inexpensive Ways to Perk Up a Tired Space

Design Wake Up Call: Inexpensive Ways to Perk Up a Tired Space

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 27, 2015

Does your bedroom or living room seem a little... boring? Sometimes you just want something a little different. If you're craving a little newness in your space but don't want to spend a ton of cash, here are five ways to perk up a room without spending a lot — or anything at all.

Add color.
Nothing adds life to a room quite like a little color — and fortunately there are lots of inexpensive ways to add color to a space. Painting comes to mind, but if you're not ready for the commitment you could add colorful pillows, a throw, or a piece of art.

Add texture.
A lot of people underestimate the importance of texture. Adding just one thing with an interesting texture — a fluffy throw, a weathered wood frame, even a plant — can really perk up a room. Click here for more inspiration for adding texture to your space.

Move your furniture around.
It doesn't cost anything, it's fun (especially if you have a buddy), and it can make you see a room in an entirely new light.

Replace groupings of smaller art with one big piece.
Gallery walls can be nice, but sometimes smaller pieces of art can make a room feel cluttered or fragmented. If you're craving a change, try replacing a smaller piece of art, or several smaller pieces, with a single big, high-impact one. Here are five ways to get the look for less.

Take something away.
Remember that old adage about getting dressed in the morning, accessorizing, and then taking one thing away? That can work for rooms too. Cast a critical eye on the stuff you have and ask if there's anything that doesn't need to be there. Taking one thing away can make a tired room feel fresh by allowing the things that you do keep a little more room to shine.

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