Decorating your home isn’t always enjoyable–some folks find it downright daunting. If you want to decorate your home but you’re not sure where to start, or how to get inspired, these helpful hints will have your creative juices flowing in no time.

Finding inspiration in everyday things

Inspiration is everywhere you look. Start by just creating a plan for how you think you’d like your room to look. Whether this is jotting down a few notes, or actually sketching out the room itself, planning out how you want your room to look can help maintain your vision.

Find a few pieces you’re tired of. If you can’t or don’t want to repurpose them, get rid of them. Clearing clutter frees the mind, allowing you more creativity and freedom in design choices. Getting started is simple.

    1. Start small–there’s no need to reinvent the wheel here. Quick refreshes can bring new life to any room. Have you ever visited a friend’s place after they’ve rearranged their living room? There might not be anything new in the room, but a simple change like moving the couch can change the entire look of that room.
    2. Repurpose what you already have.  Do you have a table in your living room that would be better suited for your bedroom? Switch it up. You don’t need to spend money to redecorate your place. Applying a fresh coat of paint can wake up an old piece of furniture and create a whole new dynamic in your living space.
    3. Make a game out of it.  Challenge yourself to revamp a room in your house or apartment in an hour. Decide to only spend $50 retooling the bathroom. Rework your bedroom using only things you already have–the list goes on and on. Small challenges like this will keep you on your toes, forcing you to be creative with your designs. You don’t need to spend a lot of time, or a lot of money. You can even take on the task of some diy projects. Seeing a project through to the end brings a great sense of accomplishment.

Let rooms evolve naturally

By exercising a bit of patience, you can let your rooms evolve naturally. Stay away from trends that make your space look dated. Keep challenging yourself to find new and different ways to keep the space fresh.

Yard sales and thrift stores are veritable treasure troves for home decor. Sometimes you can even find brand new items at steep discounts. New-to-you items are a great way to change things up without spending a fortune.

Taking some before and after pictures can also be a great resource for keeping things interesting. Seeing how a room used to look can give you ideas for what you’d like to do again, or mistakes you’d like to never reveal. Take pictures of other spaces as well. You’ll never know when inspiration will strike!

The next time you’re in a design rut, use these helpful ideas to inspire your creativity. Here’s to more beautiful spaces in 2018 and 2019.