Whether you have just purchased or renovated your first flat, apartment or have been living in it for a while, sprucing it up to make it uniquely yours is always a plus.
As most apartments tend to look the same, and structural changes are costly to make, or in some instances not allowed, home decor is the main way to make the home look fresh and unique.
If you have been living in the apartment a while, it can look outdated with time and end up feeling drab. Refreshing it with simple yet elegant ideas can make all the difference.
Luckily, there are things that you can do that will not cost them an arm and a leg. Here are 9 simple home decor ideas that will make any house stand out:
1. An Accent Wall
Also known as a statement wall, this is one way to bring change without having to spend too much money or time in doing so.
You can achieve this by simply painting one wall a different color that stands out and adds dimension to the room.
It can also be achieved by adding a pattern or texture to a focal wall. Removable wallpaper is also a great choice when it comes to creating a statement with a wall.
Another way to achieve this is to create floating shelves on one wall where you can showcase many of your favorite items. Consider putting up a large piece of art to make a statement as well, or arrange photos to create interest.
2. Window Treatments
Consider switching your window treatments. This simple change has the power to completely transform your living space. Since there are so many options, it is best to go with one that you prefer.
You can opt for flowing sheers, elegant curtains, or even blinds. It is also possible to combine both blinds and curtains or sheers.
3. Throw Pillows
These have to be the most versatile element of living room decor.
They can be switched out depending on the seasons, or even one’s mood, with a beautiful transformative effect.
One of the ways that you can pick up a dull or very neutral room is to add throw pillows in bright or vibrant colors. This gives the entire room a more upbeat feel making it vibrant and exciting. Remember to consider throw pillows in different textures but the same color theme.
4. A New Rug
If you are looking to define a space and add warmth to it, then what you need is a new floor rug!
Consider bringing in a rug that compliments the colors you already have in place. It should tie the room together. The patterns and texture of the rug are also important.
Placement is another element that most people may not consider. Try laying it diagonally to add visual interest and movement to the room.
5. Change Up The Master Bedroom
Most apartments or HDB flats in Singapore tend to be small, but this does not mean that they cannot be absolutely breathtaking.
A bedroom should be relaxing and absolutely beautiful. Your personality should carry through the room in its decoration. If the master bedroom is small, you have to make good use of the available space. As such, furniture should be scaled to size so that it does not look oversized or take up too much room.
Of course the centerpiece of every bedroom is the bed, so if you are to make quick inexpensive changes to brighten and freshen up the room, they will need to be made around the bed.
To begin with, update the beddings. A mix of textures, comfortable cushions, and colors that are soothing and comfortable is ideal. You can often find good quality beddings in a variety of stores around Singapore.
If you are looking to give the room an elegant, clean and updated feel, white is a great color to go with. Accent pillows, a quilt or blanket, and a sham will provide the color, texture and pattern needed for a great finish.
6. Make The Most Of Natural Light
One of interior decor’s biggest secrets is natural light.
If you have a large window or multiple windows in the room, it is possible to play around without much fear of the room looking too dark.
However, when all you have is one small window, then you must ensure that your room maximizes the light. This calls for making sure walls are painted light colors that reflect the light back. White, light greys, and off-whites are ideal.
If the room in question is a studio and you prefer partition spaces, the best thing to do is to use a white partition that allows plenty of light through to the other side. It may also be a good idea to consider shelving to separate spaces without necessarily shutting out the light.
With plenty of natural light flowing through the room enhanced by plenty of white decor choices, the room will feel more airy and open. Using decorative mirrors also has the double effect of reflecting light and giving the illusion of space. The result is a room that feels spacious and well lit.
The accessories used in your room can reveal much about your personality.
A great idea is to paint old frames so that they look different and new, and then use them to display photos in an arrangement on the wall. Well placed floating shelves are a great idea for displaying a variety of knickknacks.
In addition, lighting should be seriously considered. Lamps can also accessorize a space. Refreshing lamps can be by doing something as simple as changing the lampshade or repurposing a lamp from another room.
Another great idea is that of an accent chair. Thrift stores tend to carry the odd chair that one can have upholstered to use as an accent chair. Vases holding fresh flowers are also excellent and don’t forget to dress the coffee table.
8. Rearranging Furniture
If you cannot afford to purchase new furniture but still want a new look, rearranging the furniture can turn your home into a masterpiece. When doing so, it is important to note where focal points are in the room. A focal point can be a large window, a fireplace, or even an entertainment center.
With this in mind, you should then begin by arranging the large furniture first. These include the couch, chair, tables and the like. Then smaller pieces of furniture should be arranged around these.
If the room is large, it is possible to arrange the furniture in such a way that it divides space into two sections. If it is small, one may still be able to create a unique space.
If the furniture is old and worn but you find it too expensive to purchase new pieces, slipcovers can do the trick.
Today’s slipcovers are not the loose hanging, ill-fitting monstrosities of yesteryear. They fit the couch perfectly, just like a second skin.
Not only can you use them to change the color of your sofa, they can also be used to add pattern and texture to it.
Further, they can be removed with ease for washing and then put back on the seats. This makes them ideal for a home with small children who are bound to make a mess from time to time.