Have you ever looked at the cover a home design magazine and thought, “I wish my home could look like that”? If you clicked on this post, we’re guessing this thought has crossed your mind at least once or twice. While we all can’t afford to have a magazine worthy home, there are small changes you can make that will help elevate your decor to make you happier in your home.

5 Easy Decor Changes To Elevate Your Home

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1. Have a vision in mind

Before you start decorating, think about what you want your home to look and feel like. If you’re stuck on where to draw inspiration from, think of places you’ve visited and loved, and try to recreate those feelings in your home.

Do you long for a seaside retreat? Or is it a chic minimalist look you’re after? Whatever your design dream is, harness it and think about it when you’re buying pieces for your home. Do they fit your vision? If not, leave them at the store and save your money for pieces that do.

The key to a cohesive home is making it look like it’s been decorated with a clear vision in mind. There should be a purpose behind the placement of your items. Stop throwing cushions around and hanging art up wherever it fits. Be mindful of your choices and your home will instantly look elevated.

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2. Clear the clutter

Have you ever noticed that opulent homes are rarely cluttered? Take some time this weekend to clear off your bookshelves, mantels, and other surfaces and get rid of the clutter. Not only is this a great way to free up some extra space, you’re likely to find pieces you had forgotten about. Keep the pieces you love and show them off on your freshly cleaned surfaces.

Rooms can become cluttered with furniture too, so take some time to go through your pieces, especially in high-traffic rooms like your living and dining rooms. Sell that third living room chair that no one ever sits in, if it’s in good condition of course. If the chair has become the dog’s unofficial bed, donate it or hire a junk removal company to take it away for you.

If budget is a concern, then you’re in luck. Keeping your home clutter free means you’ll be less likely to buy impulse items that do not fit your design vision and you’ll save money. For those who are just starting out and don’t have much to begin with, just tell everyone you’re going for a minimalistic look.

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3. Art appeal

Art is a great way to inject personality and visual interest into a room. An easy way to add a little luxury into your home is to create a gallery wall. Gallery walls have become increasingly popular over the past few years and for good reason. They’re simple to create and are much less expensive than they look.

Try it two ways: create a cohesive look with matching frames or paint your mismatched frames the same colour to give the wall a gallery look. If you’re going for an eclectic look, keep your mismatched frames as is. When it comes to the art inside, swap out pieces regularly to keep it feeling fresh, just like a real art gallery would.

When it comes to placement, a gallery wall can be created almost anywhere. Awkward space above your couch? Gallery wall. Bare wall next to your stairs? Add a gallery wall. Even in the bathroom? Why not! Just don’t put a gallery wall on every wall in your home, one is plenty.

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4. Remember your floors

Floors, we walk on them every day, but do we ever really look at them? The answer is yes, yes we do. With so many unique and interesting options out there these days, floors are quickly becoming art on their own. While new flooring can completely upgrade a home’s value, redoing your floors is time-consuming and can become very expensive very quickly.

If your floors have seen better days, the best thing you can do is cover them up. Area rugs not only add another layer of visual interest to a room, they’re great for covering up particularly scratched areas on floors. Try digging around your basement or vintage shops for rugs that have character and charm and come in at a lower price point.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to cover up and enhance the style of your unsightly vinyl floor. A quick search online will show you countless tutorials and design inspiration.

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5. Little details add up

A lot of small changes can add up to a big difference in the look and feel of your home. When you’re going around your house, take a look at small details to see if they can be upgraded.

Take a look at your:

  • Light switch & outlet covers – Are they cracked and broken? Do they not match? Switching these out for matching or visually interesting ones is an easy and cost-effective way to make your house seem like all details are in order.
  • Air vents – Are they looking a little worse for wear? A quick coat of spray paint can help them look like new, or better yet, make them disappear completely.
  • Doorknobs – Can you think of what your doorknobs look like? Unless they’re really special, probably not. Think about updating the doorknobs around your house to instantly add charm and character.
  • Kitchen knobs and pulls – Much like doorknobs, you probably do not think about your kitchen knobs and pulls. If yours are looking like they’ve seen better days, a quick trip to the hardware store can make your kitchen look like it’s undergone some work at a fraction of the cost of a remodel.

Try a couple of these tips and watch your home transform before your eyes. Do you have any tips when it comes to making a home look better while on a budget? Be sure to share them with us on Facebook and Twitter so the whole HomeStars community can see them.

Posted by Jessica Greaves