Unexpected Home Decor Ideas Will Change Any Room

Sometimes, making daily life feel more pleasant comes down to upgrading your space with some new home decor ideas. Even small changes can make a big difference in a room, but if you have the budget, a major change can really transform a space. Take a look around and see what areas of the room you feel need a new look. Then, collect ideas for the things that could change, both big and small. Many people immediately think it has to be a new piece of furniture because that’s actually the easy way out. Instead, consider some other options. Not sure what to do? Check out these home decor ideas to fuel your imagination.

An Unexpected Wall Piece

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Skip the large painting over the sofa — it’s so ordinary. Instead, create loads of interest and conversation by adding an object mounted to the wall instead. Here, a shiny reclaimed airplane propeller takes center stage, but you could use just about anything. Flea markets, yard sales, a salvage yard or even online sources can yield interesting pieces, sometimes at bargain prices. Decide on the type of object you’d like to have and start exploring!

Go For Maximalism

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Instead of paring down, ramp up the number of accessories. If you have a large painting, go ahead and pair it with lamps and accessories, letting it be more of a background than a focus.  This is an especially great tactic for a painting that you might not love as much as you once did, but can’t yet let go. The best thing is that if you don’t like this home decor idea after a while, you can subtract some of the elements.

Add a Little Edge

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Neutral palettes have ruled the decor landscape for quite a while and even if you don’t want to abandon yours, you can still generate some interest by adding an unexpected element like this industrial coffee table. The rest of the room has a basic transitional feel that gets an upgrade from the distressed top of the table and its painted labels. This home decor idea is easy because you really only need to change out one piece.

Change up the Gallery Wall

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Most gallery walls use pictures that are framed and matted in the same way and perhaps even have images that are all related. If you go for an arrangement that is a little less regimented, it’ll give you a whole different look. Try mixing different types and sizes of frames in the same color for a unifying element to tie the disparate works together. It’s a more casual look that creates more interest.

Change Your Bedding

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This is probably the easiest and quickest home decor idea for changing up the bedroom. Swapping out the duvet cover and pillow shams gives the space a whole new look. And, why not forego the usual and pick a pattern that’s a little bit different like this art deco print. It’s done in a neutral so that means it’ll with lots existing decor schemes, including a bedroom that has brightly colored rug like this one.

Add Flowers

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Making changes in a very coordinated and highly designed space can be challenging but adding some big flowers to the room immediately makes a difference. This is a great home decor idea for people who love their interior decor but just want a little something to freshen it up. In this case, skip the smaller arrangements you might be inclined to plop in the center of each round coffee table and choose one oversized floral design instead.

Drape Your Doorway

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If you love the sumptuous look of lush silk draperies pooling on the floor, add some to the doorway of your bedroom or living room to amplify that luxurious feeling. Layer two separate drapes and use a print border on the top drape to amp up the volume of fabric. Then, opt for some seriously oversized tassels for emphasis. Don’t forget: Hang the drapes up near the ceiling to make the room feel taller!

Sweep the Drapes to One Side

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You might have seen the technique of drapes swept to one side for a pair of windows, but using this home decor idea on a single window can make the space seem larger. In this room, drapes hanging on both sides of the window would be heavy and cover too much of it. Instead, pulling them toward the corner lets in more light and pulls the eye upward, extending the feeling of openness and height.

Pick Furniture With Special Details

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Details make the difference and nowhere else is this truer than in interior design. While this stool is part of a larger set that features the same three-dimensional flower detail, adding a single piece adds loads of interest. With the predominance of clean-lined furniture in the market today, anything with this type of detail will stand out. And, by adding a separate cushion in a color from the room’s palette, it emphasizes the piece and draws the eye.

Upholster the Coffee Table

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People regularly use ottomans as coffee tables, so why not have one with an upholstered frame?  This home decor idea mimics what you find in bedroom furniture where the frame of the bed is upholstered just like the headboard. With a piece like this, there’s no need to use a tray to hold a cup or glass as you would with an ottoman. This coffee table incorporates a full glass top.

Add a Fancy Console

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This console table features crystal and intricate silver filigree, but fancy console tables are available in all styles of home decor. Since these are mainly used in entryways and living rooms where guests see them, adding a console table that feels at least a little special for some reason is a great upgrade. Whether the fancy flair comes from the level of formality or because of special details on the console table, it’ll be an outstanding addition to the room.

Add Themed Elements

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Adding a themed piece or two to a living space can be fun and interesting. If you enjoy wine, these chairs crafted from wine barrels would be a perfect addition to a home bar or wine tasting area. Similar pieces and accessories are available to reflect different hobbies and interests that you might have so it’s an easy home decor idea for customizing a room. Just remember not to go overboard with the theme!

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to home decor ideas for changing up your space. Looking around at different ideas can help spur your own redecorating plan for creating a new look. You don’t have to live with your space being exactly the same as it was — try something new.