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Decorating on a Budget: Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Space

Summer is a time of year where many of us want to freshen up our homes. And that desire has never been more true than it is right now, as we spend so much extra time at home. But it’s no secret that decorating can be expensive. So, how do you balance the desire to freshen up your home with the necessity of not breaking the bank?

Well, let’s start with some good news: It is possible to decorate on a budget. Some simple DIY projects and home decor additions can have a huge impact on your space. Little interior design ideas, like added color, texture, and organization can give your space a whole new vibe and really freshen things up.

But what are these cheap room decor ideas that will help you upgrade your space? Keep reading, because we rounded up our favorite ideas for affordable room decorating projects!

Change Up Your Paint Colors

One way to make a huge impact in your space without blowing your budget is to paint the walls in your room. It’s one of our favorite summer decor ideas, because a fresh color can seriously change the mood and style of your space, without having to change anything else!

Generally, a couple gallons of paint will be relatively inexpensive—but if you want to save even more, you could also just paint one accent wall, which will still have a big impact on your space. A fresh coat of paint is a great DIY home decor project that will elevate the style of your room, creating a fresh and clean look and feel.

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Add Decorative Shelving

Decorative shelving is an inexpensive way to add a bit of style to your space. It’s easy to install and simple to decorate—providing a perfect surface for knick-knacks and decor. With a couple shelves, you could create a stunning stand-alone display along a big wall, or just in a small nook. But you could also install them above furniture, like we did in the design above, for a lovely little vignette.

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Restyle Your Bookcase

If you want to keep your redecorating costs low, take existing shelving and just restyle your bookcase! You could change the bookcase’s function to give it a fresh look; if it’s currently just for books, pare back and then add some new themed decor. Or, cut back on books entirely and use it as a display case for personalized decor like vases, plants, baskets, trinkets and photo frames! Even the addition of some baskets for storage on the bottom one or two shelves, along with a few decorative objects mixed in with books, will give your bookcase a whole new vibe. It’s simple DIY projects like this that can really breathe new life into your home!

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Add Flowers to a Side Table or Nightstand

Fresh flowers give any room a lively touch and a dose of joy. We love the idea of simply adding flowers to your nightstand, a side table in your living room, or a console in your entryway to add some color and life to your home decor! You could go for faux flowers for a low-maintenance option—no need to change water or continue replacing them! Or you could go for real flowers and just work it into your budget to change them out weekly. Either way, faux or real, this is a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, in a polished way, adding color and texture to your room.

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Hang a Wall Poster

New wall art can be pretty expensive. But hanging wall posters? It’s a pretty budget-friendly alternative. Home decor projects like this are a great, cheap way to add color and pattern in a large format, high-impact way. We love the idea of layering a framed poster behind other art for a casual take on a gallery wall. Framed wall posters are great for hanging over furniture and beds, since they’re much more lightweight than traditional wall art—so you don’t have to worry about them falling on you while you’re sleeping or watching a movie!

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Fill in Empty Space With Plants

Do you have an empty space that you’re not sure how to fill? Here’s one of our favorite interior design ideas to solve your conundrum: Instead of buying a bunch of expensive decor, decorate with indoor plants! Plants are a relatively inexpensive addition to your home and they help fill in empty space in a cool, organic way. They also add color and texture—and you can mix and match planters and stands for extra style and personality!

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Declutter With Baskets

Are you in need of some decluttering and organization to take your home’s look to the next level? Clean up your space with some baskets! Baskets are an affordable way to organize and add storage in any room. We love using baskets as storage solutions—whether it’s one large basket for blankets or shoes, a trio of baskets in a corner for kid’s toys, or lining the bottom shelves of a console or bookcase for added organization. They give a new look to your space by visually decluttering and cleaning up your bookcase!

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Swap in New Throw Pillows

Spruce up your chairs and sofa—or your bed—with new throw pillows! It’s one of our favorite decorating ideas to give a fresh look to your space. Throw pillows are one of those finishing touches that makes your space look more considered and polished. And getting a few new ones gives new life and a fresh look to existing furniture! You can either move pillows from one room to another to simply change things up and reuse what you already have, get new pillow covers to refresh the pillows you already have, or simply get a few new throw pillows to add fresh color, patterns, and textures to your space without breaking the bank!

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Style Your Coffee Table

Restyling your coffee table is a simple way to elevate the look of your living room. Adding a mix of objects—like a tray, books, a candle, plants, and small decor—to your coffee table will give it a fresh look. It’s one of those fun and simple decor projects that will add some color and personality to your space. And it’s easy to switch out seasonally or when you’re just in need of a stylistic change! That’s DIY home decor at it’s finest (and easiest).

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Add Lighting

Lighting can change up the whole vibe of a room. That’s why we love layering light in a room, giving you the option of having brighter lighting, along with natural light, during the day, and softer lighting at night. But if you don’t yet have layered lighting in your space, consider adding additional lighting with a new table or floor lamp! This will add ambiance to your space and is a great addition to existing furniture! Depending on the style and material, a lamp can be an inexpensive piece or quite an investment. So, narrow down by your style and budget and you’re sure to find a lamp that’s right for you that will add fresh nuance and style to your space.

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Sweat It Out: How to Design Your Own At-Home Gym

For many of us, our gyms have been closed for months due to shelter in place ordinances. While some areas of the country are opening back up again, others will remain closed for quite some time. But we can’t just sit around waiting for the gym to open again to break a sweat!

We’re huge proponents of getting outside and going on walks or runs where it’s safe to do so. But sometimes the weather doesn’t allow it, or you just want to do a different type of activity. That’s where a home gym comes in. With just a little bit of space—or a lot if you have the square footage available—you can create an at-home workout zone with a few of our home gym ideas and tips.

It’s time to get moving, break a sweat, and work out some of that angst. Keep reading for a couple of our favorite home gym ideas, from creating a workout space, integrating exercise equipment into your home, and different ways to approach layout for gyms at home!

If you have a whole room to dedicate to your home gym…

First off, lucky you. If you have a separate room that you can work out and store all of your equipment in, take a little time to make this space feel really special. We like the idea of making this room as close to the real gym as possible.

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Start by breaking up the room by activity—a cardio machine, a space to roll out your mat and stretch or practice yoga, a zone for weightlifting. In this room, we have two cardio machines and extra floor space—but you can tailor your space to your preferred workouts and needs! Perhaps you want to install a wall-mounted ballet barre instead, or dedicate a part of the room to weight machines!

But it’s not just about the equipment. If you have a whole room to work with, a few small upgrades will make it feel much more like a real gym! Consider hanging up some mirrors to help spot check your form while you’re working out! In this room, we mounted three infinity mirrors on the wall to give the effect of the gym’s wall-to-wall mirrors. Then, make sure you have the proper ventilation. You don’t want this room to get stinky! We recommend installing a ceiling fan in addition to having a plug-in floor fan going throughout your workout. You could even mount a flatscreen TV in the corner for watching a show while you’re on the treadmill or for streaming online workout classes!

It’s also essential to have storage and organization for your workout gear—from resistance bands and foam rollers to dumbbells and jump ropes! In this space, we used baskets for simple, stashable storage and easy access. But we also love the idea of rolling storage pieces, which are easy to move around if you need to rearrange for a specific workout. You could also add wall hooks for towels or jump ropes and resistance bands if you prefer that to baskets.

Want to add a moment of indulgence? Place a mini fridge in the corner, where you can keep bottled water chilled—and perhaps even some cool, rolled towels dabbed with essential oils for use after an intense workout! A refreshment station isn’t totally necessary since you’re already at home and your kitchen is probably nearby—but we love the idea of treating yourself to that small indulgence and making your gym at home feel like more of a destination!

If you’re rearranging your space to make room for working out…

You may not have a whole room to dedicate toward working out—most of us don’t—but that doesn’t mean you can’t create space to break a sweat within your home! In fact, there are some creative ways to create a workout space that doesn’t take over your whole room.

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Obviously, every home has a different layout, but in general, we recommend letting your practice help you reimagine how you’re going to move things around. So, look at the furniture and objects in your space, and make layout changes based on what you preferred workout is. You want to make sure you have enough space to comfortably work out and engage in your practice!

You don’t necessarily need to get rid of any furniture. Simply get creative in how you’re using your space! And if you do need to rearrange, start by moving around pieces that are easiest to move—like chairs, versus your sofa, or shifting side tables and plants.

Below are a couple of specific home gym ideas for ways you can rearrange your living room layout to accommodate space for a workout zone. We designed these home gym ideas within a living room, but the same principles apply if you’re integrating a gym in your bedroom or another space.

Integrate your gear into your existing layout.

If your preferred at-home workout involves a cardio machine—whether it’s a bike, treadmill, or elliptical—you can potentially get by without making any layout changes! In this living room, we simply placed the machine behind the sofa. It’s out of the walkway, so it doesn’t interfere with the space when it’s not in use. And having it in your living area, rather than tucked in the dark basement, will hopefully remind you to hop on and break a sweat more often!

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We strategically placed the machine near the built-in storage in this living room. Using the bottom shelf or two gives you the perfect place to store towels, a phone charger, or whatever other workout gear you may need.

We love that this approach fits seamlessly into the rest of the space. You’re relying on pieces and elements of your existing layout (like the built-in shelves) to help incorporate the new needs of your now-multi use space. So, lean into the existing elements of your space to make this layout work!

Do a little rearranging.

For this approach, we slightly rearranged the space to make room for spreading out. We shifted the accent chairs to be perpendicular to the sofa rather than directly across from it and pulled all of the furniture back a bit. We also moved the plant from the left side of the fireplace to over by the window.

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Both of these more “permanent” moves allow for an open, multipurpose space within a layout. It’s perfect for those who want to roll out their mat to practice yoga or pilates or do some mid-day stretching. It also gives you space to do more high-intensity workouts like zumba, kick-boxing, or jump-roping! Since the open space is facing the TV, it allows you to stream workouts and easily view the screen. And you can even move the coffee table out of the way if you need more space!

More of a weightlifter than a yogi? Use the open space for a bench—whether a weightlifting bench or just a solid backless bench that you can use for sitting on when not weightlifting! Just make sure any furniture that you’re using to assist in a workout has a solid enough build to handle the weight and strain you’ll be putting on it.

However you end up using your workout zone—whether for yoga, cardio, or weightlifting—the open space gives your kids room to play on the rug and opens up the walkway on the left half of the room, even when you aren’t working out.

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What Your Enneagram Type Says About Your Interior Design Style

You’ve probably heard about the Enneagram personality test from social media or co-workers and friends. It’s a trend that’s gained quite a following and there’s plenty of good reasons! Since the Enneagram is broken into nine distinct personality types you can think of it as a modern version of astrology. Even if you’re not a believer, it’s still fun to find out your type and share it with friends.

Not only is the Enneagram test used for determining how you perceive your environment, it also has tons of real-world applications. For starters, all kinds of companies use it to help to manage their business. It’s also a lot of fun! Plus if you really get into it, there’s a whole world of interesting podcasts (Do It For The Gram: An Enneagram Podcast) and Instagram accounts (@enneagramandcoffee) that can give you even more content.

Of course, our favorite application of the Enneagram is determining your unique style and putting it to good use in your home decor! Read on see our take on how each Enneagram type should refresh their home for spring.

1. The Reformer

The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic

Your Style: Classic, organized, symmetrical

Type 1 Style Tips:

The Reformer is a  perfectionist who needs their space to feel polished and put together. They’ll be happiest in clean-lined spaces with a Classic vibe and restrained styling. Craving order, this personality type begs for formal symmetry in their layout to keep visual balance. Their space should have ample storage to ensure an organized, tidy day to day, keeping clutter at bay.  The Reformer will benefit from using neutral color palettes to create a serene space that they will love.

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2. The Helper

The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive

Your Style: Welcoming, warm, comfortable

Type 2 Style Tips:

The generous and people-pleasing Helper thrives in spaces that are designed to welcome and entertain guests in a comfortable manner. They gravitate towards warm and cozy styles that offer stability: for example, they love a mix of traditional and modern pieces that meet everyone’s taste. An Enneagram Type 2 delights in Modern Farmhouse spaces that are approachable yet fresh and contemporary. Their best color palettes are black and white, as these warm tones will provide maximum comfort for guests.

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3. The Archiver

The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious

Your Style: On trend, splurge pieces, pulled-together

Type 3 Style Tips:

The Achiever loves to excel in all things, interior design is no exception. They love on-trend spaces that reflect their high-level tastes. Stylistically, an Achiever gravitates towards a timely style like Organic Modernism, which is oh-so-cool. The look is pulled together and effortlessly chic, and usually includes a few splurge pieces, that The Achiever loves. While the Achiever is drawn towards trending styles, they’re also likely to try trends that have some sort of cultural collateral such as , to reinforce their style prowess.

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4. The Individualist

The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

Your Style: Eclectic, personalized, colorful

Type 4 Style Tips:

It’s all in the name with this one: The Individualist needs a space that stands out as much as they do. They need a home to showcase their self-expression. That means their style is less driven by current trends than by what they love. For type 4’s displaying eclectic wall art and collected feeling decorative objects is a must. Having a love of the dramatic, the Individualist is drawn towards bright colors, bold patterns, and layered styles.

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5. The Investigator

The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated

Your style: Mid-century Minimalist, iconic design pieces, cool

Type 5 Style Direction:

The Investigator is an intense thinker who enjoys their space. They enjoy an environment that stimulates their active mind, filled with iconic design pieces, making a cozy escape from the world. Type 5 is happiest surrounded by bold architectural pieces so loves Mid-century minimal styles. The Eames lounge chair in this design is the perfect piece for them to relax and contemplate. The Investigator’s chosen color palette is reserved and stems from the natural treatment of materials such as leather, wood, and metals.

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6. The Loyalist

The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious

Your Style: Traditional, leather, wood-tones, safe choices

Type 6 Style Tips:

The Loyalist craves security in their environment.  They can tap into that need by making a space that feels comfortable and protected. As such they prefer more traditional styles and steer away from trends. Type 6 enjoys Classic American design known for honest craftsmanship and quality materials. Solid wood and natural materials provide comfort to Loyalists and enhance their space with quality craftsmanship. Traditional palettes such as navy blue, crimson, and the warm tones of natural wood and leather suit the Loyalist best.

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7. The Enthusiast

The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered

Your Style: Minimalist Maximalist, bold, visually stimulating, a touch of glam

Type 7 Style Tips:

The Enthusiast is a fun lover. They love a space that reflects their spontaneous, out-of-the-box vibe and provides plenty of visual stimulation. Type 7  does well in a high-drama space and enjoys styles that surprise and create visual excitement. They thrive in a Minimalist Maximalist design where bold pieces are offset by iconic minimalist shapes. Their color palette should be high contrast either black and white or a few bold pops of color incorporated in art, decor, or a statement piece.

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8. The Challenger

The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational

Your Style: Glam and high drama, exudes self-confidence, saturated colors

Type 8 Style Tips:

The Challenger is a person who really knows who they are can embrace life’s little contradictions. This type enjoys a space that reflects their confidence and their ability to embrace conflict. Type 8 thrives in Glam spaces; this style beautifully combines classic touches and luxurious textures and material. Type 9 also welcomes bold colors to match their personality. The end result is a space that is beautifully decisive, dramatic, and delightfully on-trend. It exudes this type’s self-confidence.

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9. The Peace Maker

The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable

Your Style: Mid-century Transitional, comfortable furnishings, serene colors

Type 9 Style Tips:

The Peacemaker wants a space that reflects their welcoming temperament. As a personality that seeks to make all feel at ease, their space would do the same. This type shies away from trends or polarizing styles preferring spaces that are transitional in nature with a slight mid-century edge. The gravitation towards mid-century transitional design allows for a more comfortable space that anyone can enjoy. Type 9’s design aesthetic also incorporates soft and serene color palettes to further create a safe space for their family and friends.

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Gallery Wall Ideas

6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? And while oversized wall art may be trending for 2018, sometimes you just need a way to display your fabulous collection of art all on one wall.  To give you a few fresh ideas on this look, we’re exploring a few different takes on the gallery wall game that are just as inspiring and impactful.

Read on for some ideas and tips for creating your own new and improved version of a gallery wall at home.

 

Gallery Wall Ideas

Try Some Shelfies

Rather than hanging your art, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf or two, which gives your wall an eclectic, layered look. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Stylist Tip: If you’re doing this over a sofa or your bed, be sure to anchor the art pieces to the wall with little nails and hooks in the back to secure them in place.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasDeck Out a Corner

Double the coverage with a gallery wall that fills out a complete corner. Try creating a display with graphic photos, paintings, and prints that hang on both walls of the corner as way to anchor a reading nook or a seating area just below. This take on the gallery wall is perfect for small and awkward corner spaces or even the base of a staircase.

Stylist Tip: Don’t be afraid to go vertical and hang art high up towards the ceiling. It will add intrigue and give the illusion of height. Mix in 3D objects or sculptures for a more eclectic vibe.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasGo Simple Grid Style

For a slightly more traditional take, create a grid-style gallery wall with pieces in all the same size and shape. Be it three artworks in a row or four in a grid, this is low-lift approach that guarantees a clean-lined arrangement.

Stylist Tip: Pick one style frame for all your pieces to create a more consistent and cohesive look.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasGive It the Midas Touch

Try using gold picture frames for all your pieces to bring unity to a gallery wall where artworks vary in sizes and subject matter. An array of gold frames will act as a common thread that ties the pieces together while also adding a little polish and shine to the overall look.

Stylist Tip: The best part about an eclectic mix of frames is that you can’t go wrong. If you can’t find a consistent frame for all your art, just mix and match with gold frames in various styles. Your gallery wall will look just as bold.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasHang From a Baseline

Usually when hanging artwork, the rule is to pick a midpoint and arrange all your art centered on that line. Break the rule: Try instead to determine a baseline and then hang all your different sized pieces in a row above that line.

Stylist Tip: Place taller art in the center and then taper outwards with smaller pieces; this will help the overall composition feel more balanced.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasKeep It Classic

The traditional gallery wall is all about the mix, so if make sure you play around with a diverse range of artworks in all mediums. This is one instance where the more mismatched your art, the more eclectic and personal the grouping will look above your sofa, bed, or a credenza.

Stylist Tip: With a gallery wall, always start with a hanging game plan. Consider the overall shape you want the pieces to form and work your way from the inside out. Next, lay your pieces out on the floor and decide where each artwork will go. If that sounds intimidating or you just want an extra set of eyes, Modsy can help create a 3D design plan for you to tweak until its right (don’t nail it until you nail it!).

 

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