Are you looking to upgrade the interior of your home? Without getting too “down and dirty” with the DIY renovation scene, you can really change the look and feel of any space by simply rethinking the way you decorate it. A simple coat of paint, a rearrangement of traffic flow, or an addition of a few pieces of beautiful furniture can really transform your home into something you love again.

1. Change the Paint Color

One of the simplest – and cheapest – ways to improve a space is to add or change the color on the walls. You could spend a long time getting lost in the fascination of color psychology, but if you simply find something that makes you happy and looks great with your carpet or furniture, that new splash of color can really refresh a room.

2. Rethink the Flow

Inspect the main rooms in your home with an eye for the types of traffic patterns that are usually used by members of your family. Is it easy for everyone to get where they need to go without having to dodge superfluous items, such as ottomans, side tables or your old grandfather clock? If not, it may be time to move some things around. Improving the flow of the room can immediately reduce the feeling of clutter or frustration. It’s also a good opportunity to get rid of things that are in poor condition or that you simply don’t need.

3. Switch Out Some Furniture

If you’re still using the hand-me-down furniture you inherited from your in-laws, it might be time to invest in some new furniture. Choosing a different style or color of furniture can immediately transform a space and make your home feel “upgraded.” If you’ve been living with mid-century modern relics, look into something different, such as Louis XVI Style armchairs to really switch things up. If you’re budget conscious, try focusing on one room at a time – such as the room most used by the family, or most visible from the front entryway of the home.

Get Started

While you may not have the funds or the tools to do a full home renovation, starting with either paint, room arrangement or furniture can make a huge difference to the feel of a room. It can be helpful to spend some time online to see what catches your eye. Screenshot styles and designs that you feel drawn to, and then use these images as a sort of template for your overall upgrade design.