When re-designing your home interior, it can be challenging to know where to get started. While there are things in your home that are not easy to change, like exposed brick or ceilings, there are things that can be easily re-done. If you are in the middle of a home project, we recommend following these tips to know where to get started.

Find a Staple Rug

Re-designing your home can be a daunting task. We recommend starting with the floors and working your way upward. By getting the floors done, you can set the tone for the rest of the space. Whether you have hardwood floors, carpet, or tile, there are things you can do on the floor to spice up any room—a rug. Try adding a statement rug to hardwood floors or tile. You can even add a smaller rug to a thinly carpeted floor.

When picking out a rug for the space, the colors will dictate the other colors throughout. If you pick a neutral-toned rug, you can play with colors around the rest of the room, but try to pick out the room’s colors in threes. If you have a vibrant, colorful rug, you can pull from the rug’s colors to place items around that match. It’s a lot easier to start with a rug than trying to find the perfect rug for your already determined color palette.

Repaint the Room

Painting a room is the easiest and most cost-effective way to create change in your home. However, painting can be stressful because you don’t want to develop disjointed living spaces by painting each room one-by-one. Time Magazine states, “Consider the house as a whole. Take into account how colors affect our mood. Some colors make people feel happy, calm, or even agitated.” Before painting, make sure the paint choices will match the rest of the house and bring you a sense of happiness.

When deciding on paint, it’s also vital to do color swatches on your wall. While the paint chips you get from a store can give you an idea, the way the paint looks can change based on the room’s environment, the lighting, etc. By swatching colors and choosing something that matches your home aesthetic, you are sure to find the right palette for you.

Install the Right Lighting

One often overlooked part of home design is lighting fixtures. Lighting is a great way to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in any home. Country Living recommends using a layered lighting approach or, “lighting with different light sources across different levels to create ambiance and interest in a room.”

Make sure lighting options are useful to you. Before adding lighting fixtures, think of what areas of a room you will be using. You don’t want all of your light to be half of the room when you are mostly using the other half. Different activities also call for different types of lighting. When cooking, you need more direct light, but soft lighting would be better while reading. So before you buy your lighting options, make sure you carefully plan out what kind of lighting would work best for you.