Redecorate without redecorating: How to transform your space with a few simple tweaks.

Fun as it is, redecorating can be an overwhelming task. The initial excitement can quickly turn into stress over logistics, then next thing you know, you’ve scrapped the idea entirely and made peace with the current state of your space. Well, we’re here to tell you that redecorating doesn’t have to be a big endeavor. In fact, it can be as simple as a few small, conscious tweaks that create big effects.

Make it geometrical.

One of the easiest ways to create order—or the illusion of order—is to simply arrange items geometrically. (Threes are your friend.) Have an odd number of mismatched picture frames? Or a bunch of colorful, different-sized plates? Hang them together in an imperfect—but still considered—collage.

Color-code your closet.

This one is actually really fun! If you’re not in the mood to purge your whole closet, you can just refresh your clothes by organizing them according to hue. It looks pretty *and* it makes it a lot easier to find that rogue green cardigan amidst the multicolored chaos.

Change out your lampshade.

Swap your standard shade for one that’s bright or beaded or even embroidered. Head to your local antique shop to suss out the cool vintage options, then give your lamps a new look. You’ll literally be changing the way you see things (because light).

Get a nice pillow. Or two.

Feel like your bed’s a little stagnant, but not in the mood to spend hundreds on a new duvet and sheet set? Get a couple of fun accent pillows to add some personality to your sleeping space. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even monogram them.

Make space with mirrors.

Pressed for space? Hang mirrors for a more expansive, multidimensional effect. You can hang a few next to each other for a decorative statement—or just opt for a (very) big mirror to create the illusion of more space.

Paint an accent wall (or just a nook).

If the thought of painting an entire room overwhelms you, then paint one wall instead. If that feels like too much, then paint a small nook for a small-but-mighty infusion of color. The interior of an old (non-working) fireplace or the shelves of your bookcase are good places to start.

Rearrange your furniture.

Sometimes the simplest way to refresh your space is to just move a few things around. Try your bed against the opposite wall, or perhaps put your bookcase in a different corner. You’ll be amazed at how different things feel when you just shake up the normal order you’ve become accustomed to.

 

Stack your books.

Too many books and not enough shelves? Create a few stacks of books and display them on bedside and coffee tables. Showcase small knick knacks like candles, crystals, or succulents atop a few of the stacks for an added decorative touch.

 

AUTHOR: ERIKA JORDAN 

Erika Jordan is the Copy Lead at MakeSpace. When she’s not working her magic with words, she’s doing yoga and/or eating peanut butter (she’s still trying to figure out how to do both at once).