In the time of coronavirus, you're probably staying home more than ever and you may have already taken up a few DIY home projects. Because why not make your home a brighter and better place to spend time in! If you still haven't started to think of redecorating, now is the time. But as we continue to social distance and since many stores are closed, all of these mini home makeovers can be achieved without leaving the house – and without buying anything new. You may just find that you already own everything you need for a serious home upgrade.
1. Rearrange your living room
If you find yourself spending more time than usual lounging around the living room, binge-watching your favorite TV shows or having a Zoom meeting every other day, it may be time to rearrange the furniture. For optimal TV viewing, angle the sofa and side chairs so every spot feels like the best seat in the house. If you're trying to limit your screen time, position the chairs so that the coffee table (a perfect spot to play card games or lay out a board game or a puzzle) is the focal point.
To make the space as cozy as possible, you may need to pull in side chairs, throw in colorful throw cushions, rugs in modern weave and texture. Bright cheery colors will amp up the comfort we're all looking for right now.
2. Bring the outdoors in
As many of us are spending more time inside, consider introducing a natural element to your home. Bring in potted plants that require less maintenance, or collect a bundle of fresh flowers or greenery from your backyard, or even a branch, to bring a touch of the outdoors in.
3. Shop your home for accessories
Tired of looking at the same décor as you sit on your sofa for day 50 of self-quarantine? Shop the other rooms in your home for vases, decorative objects, and art. The simple act of taking the candlesticks you've always kept on the dining room table and moving them to the living room TV console can suddenly make them feel like new again.
4. Sort through your storage
If you have an attic or garage that's full of old articles such as furniture, paintings, and old books, you might not even know what treasures you already own. Now go back to the place and take a peek in storage. Style is cyclical and trends often come and go, so the “outdated” accessories you once put back in the basement may actually be back in fashion. It may be time to dust them off and work them back into your décor.
5. Upgrade your headboard
To instantly revamp the headboard you already have, try arranging a blanket or tapestry over it. If you don't currently have a headboard, try this popular trick from Pinterest: use a small sample jar of paint that you may have around the house to paint a headboard and create a fresh focal point for the room. To get the look, try painting a rectangle, semi-circle, or a circle behind the head of your bed.
6. Rethink your windows
Now that you're going to spend a lot of time staring out the window than usual, why not make it a comfy perch? If you don't currently have a window seat, consider pulling an upholstered bench under the window, or reposition a cozy side chair.
To let the light in, make sure your windows aren't currently being blocked by furniture or décor. And consider making a curtain tie-back out of ribbon or a scrap of fabric you may already have on hand.
7. Introduce some mood lighting
If the overhead lighting in your home is feeling a little harsh, consider rearranging all of the table lamps and floor lamps around your home. Shade lamps often diffuse the softest light, creating a cozy vibe, so consider adding one to the living room and other spaces you're spending the most time in.
8. Restyle your shelves
For any room that needs a quick refresh, try this trick: remove everything from the shelves. Dust off each shelf, starting with the top one and working your way down. Then place everything back, but try a new arrangement. If you haven't touched these knick-knacks in months (or even years), this mini move can change the entire room.
9. Refresh your sofa
If you have alternate throw pillow covers or blankets, now's the time to break them out.
10. Organize your kitchen counters
If your countertop is looking a little cluttered, it's time to try the tray trick. If you have a storage tray (or maybe a serving tray hiding in a kitchen cabinet?) pull it out. Use it to corral everything from mail to medicine bottles. And when it overflows, you know it's time to cull your collection.