1. TACKLE THE HALLWAY OR ENTRYWAY
While your first instinct might be to spend time re-decorating your living room at this time of year, a hallway or entryway is a much smaller job, and has the most impact per square foot. It's your home's first impression, for one, while these transitional spaces both afford you to go a little bolder and create spaces the whole family can enjoy.
2. MAKE A NEW HEADBOARD
Making your own headboard may sound like a job for the experts, but if you choose a design that's simple to recreate, you can create something effective within a couple of hours.
3. ADD A STRIPE
If you're looking for low-effort, high-impact projects, embracing an interesting paint idea is the answer. 'Paint effects can be a good way to change the look and feel of a room on a tight budget,' says interior designer Sophie Chapman, an associate at The Vawdrey House. 'At a recent project where there was little of architectural significance in the room, we added a large yellow stripe to the wall to add a focal backdrop for lovely furniture.'
4. RE-ARRANGE YOUR BOOKSHELVES
We all love a good bookshelf right? Books can deliver a beautiful backdrop for our homes, but when it comes to displaying them, taking a more purposeful approach to book organization than by alphabetical order will only improve the look of your home.
5. RE-HANG YOUR CURTAINS
Curtains take such a dominant role in an interior scheme - big vertical pillars that often bookend a room, so ensuring they're sitting pretty is all-important. However, if you've inherited curtains with a home, or they've been hung in a way that makes them not quite the modern window treatment you now have in mind, remedying this can be a relatively quick job.
6. RE-ARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE
Re-arranging your furniture is a job that doesn't require anything, apart from a little heavy lifting, but is probably the idea on this list that will most transform your home, especially when you're looking at something like a small living room layout.
7. TRY THIS VIRAL LIGHTING HACK
Good lighting makes all the difference, but it's not something we usually consider as a DIY project – after all, installing new lighting is a job best left to a professional. Of course, that takes time, planning and money, so creative DIYers have come up with a way of bringing the extra drama to their rooms that an extra wall sconce or pendant light can provide, with no strings (or in this case wires) attached.
8. INSTALL LED STRIP LIGHTING
Another way rechargeable lighting can be introduced into your home is through strip LED lighting. You can find plenty of LED strip lights on Amazon, both battery-powered, rechargeable or with a mains socket connection, that can be peeled and stuck to surfaces in your home to emulate some of the best designer lightings looks.
9. RE-STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE
Re-styling the coffee table might be something you do on a weekly (if not daily) basis, but if your home has become a little stagnant, you'd be surprised what clearing deck and re-imagining your coffee table decor can do for your space.