This has been the summer of refreshes for us. Refresh in the living room, refresh in the breakfast nook, and I’ve been eyeing our master bedroom lately thinking just maybe I can get away with a super cheap, big impact focal wall idea.
Refreshes ROCK! And we’re no strangers to them around here.
Because what HGTV and a lot of the big home improvement networks seem to have forgotten lately is that you don’t have to spend thousands and go all demo day on half of your house just to make a big change!
If you’ve been needing inspiration, I hope this list of ideas from our past refreshes helps you.
Change the wall color.
It’s probably an obvious one but it’s definitely the biggest for not too much $, especially if it’s a smallish room. (We went with Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee walls and Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron windows/doors in our living room and have never looked back.)
Swap your light fixture
See our past DIY and budget-friendly lighting ideas here.
Play musical decor and rotate items between rooms
When you have a super versatile “capsule wardrobe” of decor, you can basically shop your house for room refreshes at $0.
Add a wallpaper focal wall.
Wallpapering an entire room can get pricey, but a focal wall makes a great statement, can be done inexpensively, and won’t overwhelm the room. Win/win/win. (Here are some of my favorite low budget wallpapers and they’re gorgeous! And here’s a how-to if you’re a wallpapering newbie.)
Change your shower curtain
Orrrrrr hang a shower curtain in front of your shower door if you don’t love the look of it and can’t fully remove it because of water splashing concerns.
Add window treatments
Bonus: hang curtains floor to ceiling to make rooms and windows feel larger. Or hang these $5/pair ones outdoors.
Incorporate vinyl floor decals
They’re still cheaper than a full tile demo/install. Our vinyl decals have held up for over 2 years and are still going strong!
Swap your bathroom mirror
That one little change can add a ton of drama to your bathroom. These are some of my favorite low budget mirrors.
Add plants or flowers.
One little plant can add a ton of life to a space.
Update throw pillows
Swap the pillows between your living room and your bedrooms. Or make them out of these unlikely sources.
Hang up dynamic art
Swap rugs with another room
Got 2 or more 8×10 rugs in your house and want a new look? Switch them! See what happens.
Walk through your already decorated room and remove a few items. Letting a room “breathe” is a transformation itself.
Try a new furniture layout
Move your bed to a different wall. Reconfigure your living room. New perspectives are fun!
Got any refreshes currently on your to-do list?
Can’t wait to share a couple of them with y’all really soon later this month!
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