Design Hacks for the New Year

There are so many ways that you can update your home that will greatly improve both the appeal and functionality of your space, while requiring a low investment. Our everyday lives can be improved by the simplest changes! Are you ready for some cheap and simple tips for breathing some fresh style into your home? Scroll through these nifty design hacks!

Chalkboard Inserts

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Putting a chalkboard insert into your kitchen cabinetry allows you to not only add an adorable farmhouse accent to your kitchen, but be able to make notes and reminders that are up front and center! Whether it’s a grocery list, a reminder about an event coming up, or a cute note to your significant other, a chalkboard panel works great for both style and convenience!

Brick Veneer

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Brick veneer provides your home with the beautiful, textured appearance of brick, without the hassle! You can recreate the classic look without an extensive remodel on your hands. With a little research, this is something you can handle as a DIY project!

The rough texture of brick creates depth within the room’s design, offers a pleasing contrast against smoother textures, and is a simple way to quickly, and dramatically, upgrade the look of your home.

Teacup Planters

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Instead of your conventional pots for your plants, why not spice it up a bit and use teacups instead? It’s a small but noticeable change, and you can get beautiful teacups in all different sizes. It’s a fun, creative, and inexpensive way to display your greenery! 

If you already have teacups that would work for this (and fit nicely with your decor), you can create this look without having to spend anything!

3/4 Paint Job

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By painting only 3/4 the way up the wall, it gives the illusion of a higher ceiling, which makes the room as a whole appear larger! This look is best achieved when a lighter color is used for the top 1/4 of the wall, and a darker color is used for the bottom 3/4.

Darker colors toward the ground and lighter colors toward the ceiling reflect what we see in nature – as darker colors like brown and green are seen near the ground, and lighter colors like light blue, white, and grey are seen toward the sky. We connect to this dark-to-light contrast, and perceive the room to be a larger space than it is.

Charging Stations

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Charging chords aren’t very cute, but an adorable charging station can help! In this day and age, where the use of technology is at an all-time high, a designated place for phones, tablets, etc. to charge is an appropriate and stylish way of keeping up with the times. You can add little stations for charging devices into your living room, kitchen, bedroom, home office, or all of the above, for a cute and convenient place to charge up! 

When you are done using the charger, it can be wrapped up neatly and placed in the charging station so it’s out of the way and not strewn across the floor.

Hiding Your Router

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In the same way that charging chords aren’t the nicest thing to look at, your router also doesn’t make the best decoration. We have a way to fix that! There are many creative ways to hide your router, but one that we found very effective is hiding it in the shell of a hardcover book. All you have to do is find a book large enough to fit the router, remove the pages, and fit the cover around the router so that it is hidden from view. Voila! Your space is instantly neater and nicer looking. 

We hope these simple ideas for upgrading your home’s look inspired you! Our designers would be happy to help with any projects you’re starting this year. Feel free to reach out to us anytime; our advice and suggestions are free! 

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