10-minute makeover ideas
1 Rethink and rearrange
Rethink what rooms your furniture pieces call home. Moving a chair, table or a few accessories from one room to another can make a world of difference. Change the look and feel of a room by rearranging its existing layout. For example, in the living room, put your sofa on an angle or move it to a different corner.
2 Clear the clutter
Take 10 minutes to clear clutter from a room. A quick, concentrated cleaning and organizing effort will make your space sparkle and is guaranteed to give you a new appreciation for your house.
3 Fresh flowers and fruit
Add a little life to your home with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Not only do they lighten up a dark space, they can also be a source of refreshing, no-commitment colour. Likewise, a pile of fresh fruit, such as lemons, limes or Granny Smith apples in a large clear bowl will instantly update any counter or tabletop. Lemon vase filler $14 US (set of 6), Pottery Barn.
4 Pillow perfection
Incorporate current design trends into your home in a budget-friendly way by decorating with neutral-toned furniture with comfortable, colourful throw pillows. Pick pillows of different sizes, patterns and textures to create variety and interest.
5 Update old light fixtures
Shed new light on a room by switching up your lampshades. Either add decorative accents to worn-out shades or buy completely new ones. Make sure that you also change your old bulbs to new, energy-effiicient ones. You’ll be surprised at the difference such a quick and easy change makes. Fluted-glass table lamp, $150-$270 US, West Elm .
6 An easy kitchen update
Change the hardware on your kitchen cabinets for an instant, easy-to-do update. For a traditional look, go with gold, antique brass or veined brown. Stainless steel and nickel will give your kitchen a more modern touch.
7 Prompt painting
Don’t have time to paint one complete room, let alone your entire house? No problem! Paint an accent wall; it makes a statement and takes much less time than painting a whole room. Cover one wall in a bold shade that complements the colour you already have.
8 Love your literature
Show off your literary collection by creating a decorative home display with your books. Show off your educational staples by piling them high to use as a makeshift side table or lining them up neatly on a shelf.
9 Create a sweet home scent
Indulge your sense of smell by simmering citrus peel and fresh mint (you can substitute the mint for basil). Light a few scented candles or spritz a lightbulb with your favorite perfume or cologne to revamp your home's fragrance.
10 Increase your storage space
Banish clutter by finding unexpected places to store your household items. Install secret storage such as hooks on the inside of your closet and cupboard doors or use antique wire-frame baskets to hold everything from dishes to magazines.