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Redecorating Your Home: The Complete How-To Guide

Renovated Living Room with Gray Couch and White Walls
By:Dana Shugrue| Last Updated:07/05/2023
Time to Read: 10 min

How to Decorate Your House From Floor to Ceiling

Does your home feel cluttered or a bit outdated? You've come to the right place. Revamping your house can be a lot of fun, but it can also feel intimidating if you don’t know where to start. With our room-by-room guide, you’ll redecorate your house in no time.


Do I Need to Redecorate My House?

Interior design trends come and go like the seasons, and it can be hard to keep up. While there’s no need to gut your house every year, you should reevaluate the layout and color scheme of each room regularly. Can’t remember the last time you updated your home décor? It’s probably ready for a change.

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“Your home doesn’t need to exceed anyone’s expectations but your own. While it’s easy to get caught up in trends, your home should be a reflection of your personal needs, desires and joys. I try to empower my clients to defy expectations and lean into decisions that will support them and make them happy.”
Sarah Barnard, Sarah Barnard Design


Home Decorating Ideas to Consider

If you’re decorating on a budget, even small changes can make a big difference. You can easily reorganize your things and decorate with what you have to avoid unnecessary expenses. Use these helpful tips to make your DIY home makeover a little more affordable.

  • Change the layout. If the energy of a room feels off, rearrange your furniture to open up the space.
  • Reorganize. Evaluate any shelving units you have. If they look overly-cluttered, purge and reorganize them.
  • Show off your loved ones. Your family means more to you than a generic painting, right? Fill any empty picture frames and put your loved ones on display.
  • Thrift. Need to buy a few things while updating your home décor? Check out local thrift stores and resale shops. You can also donate a few things of your own that didn’t make the cut, just make sure they meet the charity’s guidelines.
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“While redecorating your house is easier than renovating it, you should still make a plan. Having a complete decorating plan will help you make a budget and stick to it.”
Jane Lockhart, Jane Lockhart Design


Planning to redecorate? Declutter first! Our declutter guide tells you how.

Where Do I Start Decorating a House?

Do a room-by-room inspection of your home, taking an especially close look at your walls and floors. Start with redecorating the room that is most outdated or doesn’t mesh with the rest of your house. Before buying new wall art and ceiling fixtures, prepare the space by moving your belongings and getting rid of anything you don’t use anymore. Once the room is cleared out, read through our home decorating ideas below.

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“Every home is as unique as the people living in it. Prioritizing rooms when redecorating will depend significantly on individualized preferences, needs, and goals. Because our goal is to create highly customized spaces, we usually begin by asking clients about their current home experience. What spaces are currently bringing them the most joy, and why? What areas of the home are creating challenges or inspiring negative moods?

We tend to focus on the areas that will have the greatest impact on happiness, whether through highly functional kitchen designs, meditation spaces, and custom wellness rooms or maximizing space with creative bedroom layouts and custom built-in furniture. Knowing which room to approach first will require evaluating your lifestyle and habits and deciding what changes are the most likely to improve wellbeing.”
Sarah Barnard, Sarah Barnard Design

Couch in White Living Room

Redecorate Your Family Room

Also known as the “hub” of your home, the family room is where friends gather, kids play and conversation happens. For this part of your DIY home makeover, choose a focal point for your interior design choices. Want guests to mingle in the corner? Place your couches and love seats accordingly. Think your home should have a more welcoming feel? Paint your walls in warm colors, and install carpet or tile flooring with a fun pattern. In all, your family room should encapsulate your personal style and feel inviting to guests. It should also be clutter-free, but that goes without saying.

If you’re in the market for new furniture, there are multiple things to consider. First, make sure your wooden end tables, cabinets and TV stands all have the same finish. For upholstered furniture, pick pieces that go well with your paint color and curtain design. If they have wooden legs and arm rests, they should match the other woodwork in the room. We also recommend choosing solid-colored sofas and love seats, and sprucing them up with patterned throw pillows.

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“Your unique personality is your best design weapon. When designing a space or seeking advice from a designer, be sure to stay true to your authentic self. When you create a space from the heart and incorporate pieces and elements that have special meaning to you, bring a smile to your face, and give you that breathless feeling - that is a space where you will find comfort and safety, a truly timeless and personalized space.”
*Christina Manzo | Decorist


Extra Home Decorating Ideas for Your Family Room

  • Check Facebook Marketplace. If you’re decorating on a budget, look for furniture that’s new to you.
  • Add a rug. Buying a new rug is much more affordable than installing new flooring. And it’s easier to change if you decide to go with a different style.
  • Spruce up your furniture. Decorating with what you already have? Refresh your furniture with new throw pillows or a blanket.
White Bathroom With Marble Shower

Redecorate Your Bathroom

Homeowners often struggle to avoid clutter in small bathrooms. Before redecorating your room, get rid of any old magazines and unnecessary or expired toiletries. Once you’ve decluttered, consider tiling your walls and floors if you haven’t already. Not only is tile on trend, but it’s easy to clean and style. Then, reevaluate your vanity, toilet and shower to determine if your bathroom is conducive to your household. For homes containing five or more people, having a productive bathroom setup is key, especially if you only have one.

You can easily make your bathroom more efficient by installing a double-vanity. With more than one sink, multiple people can brush their teeth at once, and you’ll have additional cabinet space for towels and other toiletries. When deciding on how to decorate your bathroom, make sure your wall art, hand towels and backsplash tile are color coordinated with the rest of the room. The only thing worse than a cluttered bathroom is a clashing one.

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“You can upgrade your bathroom by replacing your cabinet hardware or buying new ceiling fixtures and art. I advise my clients not to hang precious artwork in their bathrooms due to excess heat and moisture, but the right wall art can add a lot of glamour to the space.”
Pamela O'Brien | Pamela Hope Designs Interiors


Extra Home Decorating Ideas for Your Bathroom

  • Decorate your vanity. Buying patterned hand towels and fake floral arrangements is an easy way to spruce up your vanity.
  • Store toiletries in style. Rather than keeping toilet paper in its plastic packaging, use a toilet paper holder.
  • Organize your medicine chest. Don’t put pills and prescriptions on display for guests - keep them in your medicine chest.
White Kitchen With Large Wooden Table

Redecorate Your Kitchen

While your kitchen is bound to get messy, it can still be organized and visually appealing. If your appliances are up to date, you can liven up the space with new backsplash tile and a fresh coat of paint. In fact, you might fall in love with your original kitchen if you give it a thorough cleaning. After years of preparing meals, who knows what lies under embedded grease stains and messes you haven’t gotten around to cleaning up yet.

Once you’re content with the layout of your kitchen, you can focus on the smaller details. The most overlooked part of your kitchen is usually your dining ware. If your cabinets have windows, use your dinner ware as a decoration. Your plates and bowls are essentially on display for guests, so their design should match your kitchen interior. In addition, make sure any visible serving utensils are clean and shiny. When updating your home décor, don’t forget the little things!

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“Kitchens should be clear and organized so you can cook a delicious meal. That means no clutter. Have your spices, cooking utensils and all other cookware in a space that’s easy to find and easy to use.”
Anna Shilwall | 27 Diamonds Interior Design


Extra Home Decorating Ideas for Your Kitchen

  • Hide your food. Don’t set groceries on the counter. Keep them in your pantry where they belong.
  • Clean your dishes. It’s easy for plates and bowls to pile up. Avoid excess clutter by washing your dishes as soon as you’re finished eating.
  • Have a coffee station. Calling all coffee lovers! Display your most stylish mugs alongside your Keurig and favorite k-cup flavors.
Large White Bread With Gray Blankets in White Room

Redecorate Your Bedrooms

Considering you spend nearly 30% of your life in the bedroom, its design should really strike your fancy. That said, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how many decisions there are to make. Paint samples, bedspread patterns, throw pillows… the options are endless. You should tackle this room with a plan in mind, and know which areas you want to update. It’s also important to include family members in the DIY home makeover process, especially if you are tackling a child’s room.

We recommend starting with your room’s most prominent piece of furniture, the bed, and going from there. Once you’ve chosen a bedspread and matching throw pillows, you can decorate the rest of your room accordingly. Paint your walls in coordinating colors, and choose art that doesn’t clash with the rest of the room. As you reinvent your bedroom, get rid of any old decorations, knickknacks and clutter that’s just taking up space. Out with the old, and in with the new.

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“The primary bedroom is often left to the very end of a home makeover. I like my clients to consider this room first, even though it isn’t considered a public area. Take the time to make it comfortable, as the bedroom should be a relaxing space that brings you back to life after a long day.”
Pamela O'Brien | Pamela Hope Designs Interiors


Extra Home Decorating Ideas for Your Bedroom

  • Have a hamper. Piles of clothes are never a good look. Hide your dirty laundry with a stylish hamper.
  • Organize your closet. Running out of room for clothes in your closet? Avoid excess clutter by clearing it out regularly. Matching hangers never hurt either!
  • Love your lampshades. Make sure your lamps are as stylish as the rest of the room.
White Basement With Large Black Sectional

Redecorate Your Basement

Of all the rooms in your home, your basement is typically the most clutter-prone. Before you start decorating, go through your stored belongings and purge anything that’s lost its purpose. You should also check for water damage and clean the space from floor to ceiling. Then, you can redecorate your room – that’s right, your basement doesn’t have to be a “man cave” or used for storage.

In most homes, basements have designated areas for laundry and entertainment. But have you considered merging both sides into one open space? Without obstructive walls, your basement will feel spacious and more comfortable for guests. If you still want to split your basement into parts, you can distinguish each area with a rug or different paint colors. Need to knock down a few walls for an open-concept basement? Make sure you do it properly.

Extra Home Decorating Ideas for Your Basement

  • Organize your shelves. If you still have a DVD collection, only display your favorite movies to avoid excess clutter.
  • Hide mouse traps. Basements are often home to creepy critters. Keep your basement pest-free in the most effective and subtle way possible by installing traps in hidden places.
  • Let light in. If your basement has windows, open the curtains to let some natural light in. It will make it look bigger and feel less cramped.
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“Inviting in light colors on the walls - think creamy and fresh whites - will automatically make your space not only feel larger, but brighter as well. Play around with painting the ceiling and trim the same color as the walls to truly create an open feel. A well-placed mirror that reflects light and the space will also create the illusion of a large space. Lastly, scale is important in all things so be sure to scale your furnishings appropriately to maximize the use of the space.”
Christina Manzo | Decorist


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