Here on homify, we are big fans of lazy weekends. However, we put just as much emphasis on beautiful spaces. So, how do we achieve a healthy balance? By seeking out quick and easy (plus cost-friendly) decorating projects that can be achieved within a weekend, leaving adequate time for relaxing and socialising. Clever, don’t you agree?
But whether you prefer to do these decorating tasks on Saturday morning, -afternoon, or Sunday before tea time, rest assured these weekend decorating ideas make for quite the effective updates.
A fresh coat of paint remains one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room. And the great thing is that you’re not forced to paint all four walls! How about a focal wall instead, highlighting architectural features like the fireplace, or furnishings such as your television?
We recommend going for a stylish two-tone scheme – just look at which colours are already present in your décor and furniture.
homify hint: Wall decals are not just for kids’ rooms (anymore). These remain wonderful non-permanent ways of adding character to a bland wall, regardless of whether it’s in the nursery, kitchen, living room or the hallway.
A floating shelf or two against the wall; a set of free-standing shelves in the corner – regardless of which option you pick, enhancing your home’s storage factor adds to it in terms of both functionality and style.
Ready to flex those DIY muscles? Create your very own headboard! Old skis, skateboards, an old barn door, recycled timber pallets, discarded window shutters… almost anything can be turned into a look-at-me piece for your bed.
Speaking of re-using old items, instead of purchasing additional pieces, why not just move around what you currently own? For instance, how would those bedside tables look in the living room? Or what about moving that hallway credenza into the guest bedroom?
Sometimes a fresh approach encourages you to get rid of tired pieces that only clutter up your space. Be honest about what you really need, and drop the rest off at the charity shop or sell them on eBay.
Aside from a painted wall, a beautiful painting is another easy way of injecting character and personality into a room. Hang a bold single piece, or opt for a gallery of framed prints (photographs of friends and family, perhaps?).
The wonderful thing about art is that it doesn’t need to be expensive. Look for up-and-coming artists at degree show exhibitions and online galleries that showcase contemporary limited edition and one-of prints.
Don’t really need to add more colour to your room? Opt for a mirror, then. It adds light to a space and shimmer to a wall, not to mention what it can do for smaller rooms in terms of visual space, especially when you mix and match several smaller ones in different styles.
And speaking of additional lighting, take that room from cold and unwelcoming to warm and cosy by simply changing your lighting fixtures. Replace a dull shade with something bold and bright, or ditch those overhead pendants for easy-to-install table- and floor lamps.
Come Monday, these weekend decorating ideas could even result in a brand-new dining space. Not too crazy about your dining room table? Then cover it up with a stunning cloth for in instant upgrade.
homify hint: Add matching cushions to dining chairs to complete the look.
Isn’t it amazing what new bed linen can do to an old bedroom? And like art, you don’t need to opt for the most expensive in order to enjoy eye-catching results.
But be bold in your approach. Ditch those safe neutrals for something exciting, like a fresh spring green or nautical blue. Complete the look with framed prints highlighting your new linen’s colour.
Don’t have the right budget for a new sofa? Fortunately, there exists dozens of affordable, fabulous cushions that are one of a kind and will instantly style up your space. IKEA is known for flaunting bargain designs to suit any style.
You could even opt for a new throw to cover up a dingy old sofa.
If you’re unsure about which colours to use, take inspiration from the palette of your walls and floor.
When was the last time you paid close attention to your windows (and we don’t mean checking to see if they could use a wipe off)? A roller blind is a great low-effort, high-impact way off adding style to a window, plus it can make people appreciate your outdoor view (that is, if you have a stunning patio or garden outside).
Don’t toss that can of paint just yet – how about using it for your front door, too? A cheery colour and a porch clean-up can do wonders for your home’s kerb appeal.
So, splash a new colour on that front door; add new hardware; lay down a stunning new welcome mat; and place a potted plant or two near the entrance. A fabulous first impression just like that!
It might not have the same punch as a full kitchen- or bathroom renovation, but updating your faucets can definitely make an impact. Just make sure the configuration matches your existing sink, or you might end up replacing that, too.
While you’re busy with the kitchen’s faucet, you may as well spice up those cabinets and drawers with new handles, knobs and pulls. Search for designs that reflect your personal taste – it is your cooking space, after all.
Don’t worry, not all kitchen backsplashes need to cost a pretty penny (or take forever to complete). Try something quick and easy (yet still very stylish) with tin ceiling tiles, wallpaper, wall decals, stainless steel, wooden beadboard, or chalkboard paint.
And that’s a fresh new look for your home in less than a day!
And speaking of interior upgrades, have a look at these Tips for decorating your mantelpiece.