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Home Design Ideas: Small Changes That Make a Big Impact

Home Design Ideas:
Small Changes That Make a Big Impact

They say a little can go a long way, and that’s no exception in our homes. If the new year has you hankering for a fresh start, these small-but-mighty ideas will re-energize your space without breaking the bank.

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With a brand-new year under way, it’s likely there are a number of home-related resolutions floating around—even as simple as a pledge to finally get the house in order in the months ahead.

While this can mean a large-scale renovation or redecorating project, there are also smaller things you can do to give your home a fresh feel without spending too much time (or cash) on the updates. Here are five quick changes that will get your home ready for the new year in next-to no time flat.

1. Deck the walls.

One of the easiest changes to make in any room is its wall art. Picture frames and paintings are often as simple to swap as driving a single nail into the drywall. To refresh your room in a flash, try switching your old wedding photo for a piece of pop art, or forgo the framed fodder altogether and hang up some wire-frame “taxidermy.” A new piece of art on the wall is sure to be noticed, so it sets the tone for the rest of the room.

2. Swap area rugs around.

If you have area rugs in more than one room, consider switching them out. Assuming there isn’t too big a size or palette discrepancy from one room to another, each room can receive a practically instant update simply by swapping the shags. Or, roll up your rug and tuck it away for a minimalist update. Guests will know something new is afoot in your home, but they might not guess it’s what was underfoot that has changed.

3. Shake up your texture game.

Got accessories? Swapping them out for other options in widely varying textures might make you see your staple pieces in a new light. Try changing your throw pillows from cotton to chenille, and adding a nubby throw for cozy afternoons on the couch. Already plenty cuddly? Streamline your space by trading metal or porcelain vases and decorative knick-knacks for glossy glass pieces that let light shine through. You can even mix up your textures by putting ferny fronds or blowsy blooms into a sleek blown-glass vessel like Iittala’s Aalto Vase.

4. Pull up a chair.

While moving the couch or selecting a new one can be a large commitment, bringing in a couple of more portable pieces satisfies your need for a new look more easily. A lot of modern indoor-outdoor seating is sturdy enough to do dual duty in the garden, and pretty enough to bring inside during bad weather. Try arranging a smaller, more intimate conversation area using a cluster of chairs or even relocating ottomans and beanbags to designate a comfy gathering space.

5. Simplify, simplify.

While picking up a new piece of wall art or some throw pillows is certainly simple, there’s nothing easier than doing nothing at all. Instead of adding to your home, try putting some pieces away for a minimalist refresh. Like Coco Chanel’s style advice for fashion, removing one (or more) elements of decor in a room can lighten up your look effortlessly and elegantly, setting the stage for the year’s new start.