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5 Quick Ways to Elevate Your Home
Thursday May 9 2024

Want to give your surroundings an update without even touching a paint roller or forking out a huge chunk of change? We have five ideas to try that are simple to do but have a BIG impact.

NOTE: All images featured in this post were taken by the talented Lindsay Salazar.  

  1. START WITH ART

Art is a must! Adding some new artwork to your walls is a quick way to make the space feel more current. Here are a few tips to remember when hanging your new pieces:

 tips for hanging art

  • Hang your art at the correct height. You want your art to be at eye level. On average, this ends up putting the center of your image at about 57” up from the floor.
  • When hanging art above furniture, the general rule of thumb is to position your piece about four to eight inches above the highest point on the furniture item.
  • How large should your art be? Well, if hanging above furniture, it should be approximately 2/3 the width of the furniture piece.
    • Note: These placements aren’t an exact science, but they do offer a great starting point.

Remember, you don't have to get new art to adjust placement. If your art feels off, try applying this advice and re-hanging your items. It could make all the difference. 

  1. RUGS RULE

A nice rug can instantly warm up a space, especially if it’s a space with hard flooring. Other rug benefits? Well, they ground an area and tie the surrounding items together. They’re a great way to introduce color, texture, and pattern.

 designing with rugs

Rug Wisdom: Don’t be afraid to place a rug on carpet. We do it all the time, and it completely changes the look of the room.

Rug Wisdom: When in doubt on size, size up. It’s usually best to go big and have some wiggle room to work with.

  1. DESIGN WITH DRAPERIES

The quickest way to give your home that designer look? Drapes! Here are a few tips for  hanging them correctly:

  • Panels should go to the floor, whether that be even with the floor or slightly longer and in a puddle.
  • Rods should typically be hung as high as you can and scale out past the sides of the window.

how to properly hang draperies 

There is definitely a right and a wrong way to do this one, and it is very common to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re unsure. Our designers at The Black Goose Design can give you specific advice for getting your window treatments right and take away all guesswork.

 

  1. LIGHT THE WAY

If you want to make your home feel updated in the flip of a switch, upgrade your lights. Replacing fixed, dated lighting will make an immediate impact.

lighting ideas 

Lightbulb Moment: Think beyond the ceiling. Rooms NEED accent lighting. This means table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and picture lighting.

 

  1. PILLOW FLIGHT

Updating tired, old throw pillows can take a room to new heights. In fact, this is our favorite thing to do when you want new furniture but it's not in the budget. Replaced throw pillows can make that same old sofa look refreshed and inviting again.

throw pillow placement 

If you know you want something different where you live, but you just can’t put your finger on what that is or you simply don’t have the time and/or money for a massive overhaul, start with any of these budget-friendly ideas. They’re approachable, affordable, and a fun way to breathe new life into your surroundings. We know they’ll leave you loving your home a little more.




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