Gentle decorating tips for your home are simple ways to get out of a boring home rut. I do them all the time in my own home by the tips I’m sharing below. Mixing things up once in a while can become a challenge for us because human beings love to be comfortable. Why? There’s security in the familiar, a sameness that lets us feel for once like we are in control of life.
Changes in life so often come at us when we least expect it: a move we didn’t plan for, a divorce, a change in finances, downsizing, even a pandemic. When we are faced with these, having something that is within our control feels really great.
Here’s the problem – sameness can become awfully boring over a period of time. The sameness of our surroundings can become SO familiar that we sometimes fail to notice the beauty or appreciate the time we have put into making everything look beautiful. As time passes, it’s not unusual to become blind to our home, it’s furnishings, and sometimes objects that we treasure. Though it doesn’t seem like much, this is where dissatisfaction can begin to take root in our daily lives. When our surroundings start to blend into the background, we have begun to find them dull. Once they’re dull, it’s exciting to switch it up! These changes don’t have to be dramatic, in fact, the old cliche “little things mean a lot” is completely appropriate for this situation.
There are a few subtle ways that we can completely change our surroundings and give ourselves a fresh perspective on our home with a tiny bit of effort.
7 Gentle Decorating Tips
Try a new color on your walls – The walls in our rooms take up an incredible amount of space, and our eyes immediately go to them. If you want to make a huge change without turning the whole house around, a great place to start is with changing the colors on your wall. Pick something in the same color family, or go dramatically different depending on your mood. Either way, you’re going to have a room with a whole new mood.
Change your throw pillows– You may not be ready to change all of your furnishings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them look completely different. Change your throw pillows and throws in a room, and your furnishings will look totally new without you making a commitment to a whole new set of furniture.
Switch your artwork – Whether you go out and purchase new, or grab something from another room, switching your artwork up will bring a whole new look to your room.
Add different accessories – Have you considered a new vase? Do you have cabinetry that could benefit from new hardware? These small touches can create a totally different space. Don’t be afraid to change them up.
Introduce some plants – Adding plants to a room can bring them to life – literally! If you haven’t got any plants in your room, add a few that are pretty but also easy to take care of.
Lighting– Changing up the lighting sources in the room, even just changing the lampshades can make everything look brand new. Don’t be afraid to switch up the lighting in the room, it can really make a difference.
Drapes– Changing the drapes in the room will give your space a new personality. When you take the time to change the colors of the drapery, you can give the room an entirely different feel.
Quiz Your Style
If you’re stuck on change, take a fun decorating quiz like this one or this one! You don’t have to completely change your room to freshen it up. Don’t be afraid to move furniture around, change the artwork, and give yourself something new to look at. Finally, living in your familiar space doesn’t have to be dull if you take a few tips to inject new life into it. I’m sharing a few favorites with you today below.
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