Updating a home can seem like an expensive and time consuming task, but that doesn't necessarily need to be the case. Whether you're moving into a (new) home, or wanting to finally rejuvenate that decor from a decade ago, we've got a few easy and cost efficient ways for you to refresh your home.

1. Add a fresh coat of paint

Changing up your wall color is one of the easiest and simplest ways to drastically change up a room. While you can't go wrong with whites, consider trying a bolder shade to switch things up a bit! Plus, you can take this time to patch up unslightly holes and other blemishes.

Want to know how to match your paint to your window treatment color? Check out our helpful guide with Paintzen!

Average cost to update a room: DIY - $200; $350 to $800 if hiring a painter

2. Switch up the soft goods

Soft goods include textiles - like curtains, upholstery, pillows, bedding, rugs, etc. These soft goods are so important to adding texture and warmth to a room.

For an immediate and budget friendly impact, pillows and throw blankets are perfect for adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room.

Many people forget that bedding is a part of home decor! See the change the seasons as an opportunity to change your bedding too.

A common home design mistake is a too-short curtain or one without enough fullness. Going custom made for your window treatments ensures that you'll never have this problem. (We delve into other common design mistakes in this blog article here!) Rather than wooden or plastic blinds that are stark and chilly, fabric window treatments like curtains and roman shades exude comfort and soften the space.

Average cost: pillows - $20 to $50; custom curtains - starting from $99; bedding - $40 to $200

3. Accessorize!

As you may have realized, here at Barn & Willow, we love plants. Not only do they add a cheery burst of green, houseplants also add a slew of health benefits to your home. (For more on that - read here!) 

Vases, which double as decor and containers, are another inexpensive way to decorate. Clara Jung, of Banner Day Consulting suggests, "Unique smaller vases can actually be quite difficult to find. My secret source? The bathroom accessories aisle. Bathroom tumblers often come in many different finishes and styles, and are the ideal vessel for a small bouquet of flowers to cheer up any space." (Read our interview with her!)

Average cost: plants - $20 to $100; vases - $5 to $50


Do you have any tips for an easy, budget friendly home refresh? Share it with us in the comments!

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