Interior design trends, like all other fashions, come and go. This is a fact of life, and one that many people cope with by keeping things simple. Though they may pick a few elements to highlight throughout their home, even the most lived in spaces can be a bit drab.
Still, changing design trends don’t need to be an excuse for a boring home. As these 4 upgrades demonstrate, timeless modifications can elevate your home’s interior, creating something more refined and distinctive.
Ditch The Plastic Blinds
Plastic blinds are a cheap, accessible way to control light flow into a space, but they aren’t the most pleasing to look at. That’s why, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative to plastic blinds, you should consider roller blinds. Roller blinds are easy to clean, affordable, and blend in well with a range of home styles. They’re also typically safer if you have pets or small children, since roller blinds have fewer parts for them to get tangled in.
Raise The Roof
High ceilings offer a surefire way to make any room look larger and brighter, but most people don’t have the budget or desire to tear out their ceilings in search of that spacious look. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks that can create the illusion of space without major renovations. For example, by introducing a step or tray ceiling you can add dimension to a space without major construction. These styles are particularly elegant, but you can also add some height by using elements that draw the eye upward, such as painting the ceiling a different color or placing cabinets all the way to the ceiling.
Build A Better Bookshelf
Bookshelves tend to draw the eye, no matter what else is in a room, because they contain a lot of variety. The books are different heights and colors and there may be little accent pieces like a vase of flowers or a family photo scattered throughout, for example – but why stop there. Design an appealing bookshelf for your room by using unusual shapes like hexagons or arranging staggered cubes, and carefully curating the shelves. A great bookshelf isn’t just for Zoom backgrounds, after all. Eventually your reading choices will go back to being conversation starters, and your shelving choices can add to that.
Try New Textures
Certain textures are par for the course in living spaces – cotton and linen, leather, fleece – but others are a bit more surprising. That’s why, if your goal is to make your home look more high-end and curated, you should consider adding some velvet details, either as upholstery or in other home accents, like pillows and runners. Bulky knit blankets, caned furniture, and other textures can also break up the space and can be recombined based on the season or paired with different accents to great effect.
Many home guides would lead you to believe that you have to spend a fortune to upgrade your home, but many of the most effective tricks are also budget-friendly. The key is just to identify what isn’t working in your home and test out some simple swaps. You may even have exactly when you need on hand already if you’re willing to think outside the box.