5 Fast Interior Design Tricks To Update Your Home

Add more character to any room in your home with any one of these simple elements, from a cozy blanket to a chic piece of art.
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Sometimes, time and budget constraints outweigh the possibilities of a full room or home renovation project. But with the holidays fast approaching, you may feel like you fancy a small refresh before opening your doors to friends and family. Below, we've compiled five quick, cost-effective ways to update your space, just in time for the season's houseguests and festive gatherings. Create a feature wall. 

Use a stick-on mural to bring a vibrant new look to a room. There are so many options on sites like muralswallpaper.com, from dreamy woodscapes to geometric color-blocking patterns, plus realistic-looking brick and concrete effects — the choice just depends on the look and vibe you're going for.

Image Credits: Rockett St George (left), Society6 (top right), Minted (bottom right)

Image Credits: Rockett St George (left), Society6 (top right), Minted (bottom right)

Add artwork.
An art display is a great way to reflect your taste and style or to add color to a more neutral space. Especially if you're renting, you can even stack or lean large and small pieces on a floor, shelves or mantle rather than hanging them, which makes it easy to switch them up whenever you want. To find affordable art (whether in the form of a canvas, print or tapestry), try sites like Society6, Rockett St George and Minted.

Image Credits: Ruth Holly (bottom left), Bunglo (bottom right)

Image Credits: Ruth Holly (bottom left), Bunglo (bottom right)

Create layers with textiles.
Blankets and cushions create a sense of cozy warmth while adding new depth and dimension to a room. Mix and match patterns with similar tones, or combine block colors with painterly styles to keep things simple. 

Image Credits: West Elm (left), Flor (right) 

Image Credits: West Elm (left), Flor (right) 

Add texture from the ground up.
Don’t forget the floor, too. A chic but affordable rug adds the perfect final touch in a sparse space. 

Image Credits: (top), West Elm (bottom left), Urban Jungle Bloggers (bottom right) 

Image Credits: (top), West Elm (bottom left), Urban Jungle Bloggers (bottom right) 

Incorporate greenery.
It's surprising how much of a difference it makes to add something living to your home environment! For gardening beginners, succulents and air plants are a good place to start, since they're easy to care for. You can create height with an indoor tree or hanging planter, or try a modern terrarium like these ones from West Elm. If you need a little bit of extra guidance, check out this book from the Urban Jungle Bloggers creators, Judith and Igor.

p.s. How about a little feng shui in your entryway for the final touch?