32 Simple Home Decor Ideas to Elevate Your Interior (2022)

Are you searching for home decor ideas and interior inspiration, and are ready to revamp or update your design style ?

Do your room interiors not really represent your taste or a decor style that you would like them to have ? If so, here are 32 simple and actionable ideas to help you with your home decor, without the need to employ an expensive interior designer!

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1. Use curtains to divide a room

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Some rooms, for obvious reasons, are better kept behind closed doors, like the bathroom! However, using curtains to divide up rooms, or a room layout can be a chic, simple and budget friendly way to enhance your favourite living space, dining room or entrance hall.

In addition, if you live alone or with your partner, it can also be a nice way to separate your bedroom space from the rest of the house. It will also add a touch of privacy, but not completely cut out the light.

There are many different styles and materials you can purchase to cover doorways, so what you choose very much depends on whether you want a soft or tactile finish, or one that will let the light through that you require.

2. Paint a mural on the wall

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Painting wall murals can turn your entire room into an art exhibition and your whole wall into art. If done well they can be a stunning way to enhance any house decor interiors and create visual interest.

If you consider yourself to have a little creativity as an artist or just fancy giving it a go, this DIY room decor idea could be the perfect option for you to try.

By painting the mural yourself on a bare wall, you are not only showcasing your skills, but also adding a much more personal touch to your walls. If you're not confident in your own painting skills, get the help of an interior designer to assist in creating the perfect mural for your home.

Painted wall murals are without doubt limitless in design and you can choose to paint whatever your heart desires, but bear in mind that you will have to live with the creative decisions you make! Bathroom wall murals are among some of the most popular use of this medium as they are the perfect tranquil space for creating beautiful nature inspired designs.

3. Consider wall panelling

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Wall panelling is a wall decoration that is typically made from varying types of wood, and when used can create natural warm tones, while also adding visual interest to the space.

The wood base material is often coated using different stains and colours and is used as an alternative, or compliment to, paint or wallpaper. Panelling will add a touch of elegance, texture and interest to any room.

Wall panels are generally easy to install and maintain and can be used to create a variety of different looks, for example traditional, rustic or more modern styles. It is also an excellent way to add extra insulation to your room and protect the walls from getting damaged.

We have written an article dedicated to bedroom wall panelling ideas that may interest you.

4. Be extravagant with ceiling lights

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In today's world of social media and showing off your interior design and decor pieces, it's all about making a statement. And what better way to do that than with a show-stopping ceiling light fixture.

Whether you're looking to add some extra style and flair to your bedroom, or want to make a bold statement in your living room, there's no better way to do it than with an extravagant and unique ceiling light.

You don't have to break the bank to achieve this either, with quirky and modern ceiling lights available for well under £100.00.

We have written an article on popular ceiling lighting ideas that may be of interest.

5. Bring the outdoors indoors

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Not only do house plants provide us with the oxygen we breathe, but house plants can also look stylish, decorative, and help to bring a touch of nature to our otherwise overwhelmingly man-made, artificial spaces.

Certain types of plants make more of a style statement than others, such as Bonsai trees or Cactuses. You can also bring in some fresh flowers, as nothing brightens up a room and adds a beautiful aroma, like a gorgeous bouquet of flowers or floral arrangement.

6. Add a colourful sofa

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Instead of the obvious black, brown or cream sofa in your living room, use your furniture to make a bold statement with a vibrant, block colour couch.

Yellow, blue and orange sofas in particular are a brave but effective choice, and can really brighten your room. Though you must choose the colour which you think compliments or contrasts best with your other furniture, so as not tolook totally out of place and draw attention for all the wrong reasons..

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7. Paint your floorboards

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If you have wooden plank flooring in your living room, consider painting the individual planks with neutral, pastel or (if you’re feeling brave) bolder colour combinations. You can even colour coordinate the floor with your skirting boards or room furniture for a more cohesive overall look.

To take this idea one step further why not also incorporate your radiators into your house decor interiors design theme.

If you are not a fan of standard boring white radiators, that can often stand out like a sore thumb, simply match or compliment the floor colouring that you have chosen to blend them more seamlessly into the room.

However, just remember that painting radiators is not as easy as just slapping on any old paint!

8. Create a modern TV wall

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A modern TV wall is a sleek and stylish way to feature your television. It is often styles with clean lines and a clutter free, minimalistic design.

There are many benefits to having a modern TV wall in your living room. First, it can help to create a more cohesive look in your space. If you have a traditional style living room, for example, adding a modern TV wall can give it a more contemporary edge.

Second, mounting a TV on the wall can save on valuable floor space, which is great if you have a small living room or are limited to capacity for furniture.

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9. Use wall decals to personalise your walls

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Adding personalised wall stickers to your home decor is a very simple way to spruce up any room within your home. It can be extremely cost effective compared to other home decor ideas, including painting or adding wallpaper, and is also completely mess free !

There really are endless designs to choose from and if you can't find exactly what you are looking for, most companies will custom create you a one off personal design.

10. Embrace industrial design

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While many people shy away from industrial interior design, incorporating this unique look into your home can create an edgy and cool aesthetic. This can be achievedwithout the room left feeling cold and depressing, as long as you get the balance right.

Whether you want to add a few accent pieces or go all out with an industrial theme,such as leaving pipework exposed, using wire lampshades and having steel light fixtures or items of furniture,there are plenty of ways to infuse your home with this popular style.

Exposed brick, copper fixtures, and reclaimed wood are just a few more elements that can be used to achieve an authentic industrial look of interior design.

11. Create mood light

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By using coloured light bulbs, you can completely change the mood of a room; pink in particular makes a room feel calming and romantic.

Most people simply stick to the generic light bulb and light fixtures as that is the norm. In fact, the idea to purchase a coloured bulb probably won’t have crossed most people’s minds; yet this is a very simple way to make your rooms feel even more unique.

Why not take it one step further and invest in the latest and best smart light bulbs, which can effortlessly set the perfect atmosphere in your living room or bedroom depending on what your mood dictates.

12. Create a beauty area

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A beauty area doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. It can be as simple as a small table and chair in the corner of the room, or a vanity set up on one side of the bed.

All you need is a place to put your makeup and hair products, and somewhere to sit or stand while you use them.

If you have the space, you could even add a small couch or chaise lounge for relaxing on while you get ready for your day or night out.

We have compiled a list our top 12 dressing tables that you may find helpful.

13. Use cushions to add a splash of colour

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Cushions, throw pillows and other soft furnishings are a great way to add a splash of colour and different patterns to your home decor. They can brighten up any room and add an extra layer of comfort.

They are a particularly quick and easy way to update your living room decor and are relatively inexpensive compared to other decorations, so you can experiment with different looks without breaking the bank.

Another advantage to using cushions, is that they are very easy to mix and match. You can layer or group them to create a cohesive display, or keep them as separate pieces. An easy way to add a new look without having to redo the whole room.

14. Paint the walls a darker colour

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People often debate 'how dark should I paint my walls?'. We believe that in rooms with less natural light, you should try painting the walls a darker colour.

While this might seem counterproductive, and make your entire space feel darker and more dreary, it will actually better match the mood and feel of the room. This will turn the overall impression that it gives from, ‘lacking in light’ to ‘moody and romantic’.

A beautiful colour to use that is particularly on-trend, and often chosen by interior designers in particular, is teal. Check out out our how to paint a room article for great tips on how best to achieve this.

15. Pimp up skirting and architraves

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If you're looking for a quick and easy way to add some personality to your interior design and home decor, skirting boards and architraves are an often overlooked option.

Here are a few simple ways to pimp them up:

1. Paint them in a bright colour. This is a great way to make a bold statement, add some vibrancy and make a feature in any room.

2. Add pattern with stencils. An easy way to add interest to your woodwork without going overboard.

3. Decorate them with fairy lights or string lights. This will add a subtle ambient lighting around the room, making the space feel super cosy.

We have written another article on the different types of skirting boards that are available, with some colour ideas and inspiration thrown in.

16. Decorating your bookshelves

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Gone are the days when old fashioned style bookshelves were used strictly for storing books. Small houseplants, ornaments, framed photographs and other decorative pieces can help divide your books and turn your bookshelves into a statement piece.

This is a particularly useful interior design trick if you don’t have quite enough books to fill your bookshelves.

There are many stylish modern bookshelves on the market to choose from, it's just a case of picking the correct style, colour and size to perfectly suit your room decor.

Alternatively, you could employ a carpenter to built a one off floor to ceiling shelving unit. This would not only serve a purpose, but also be a piece of art in itself within your overall home decor theme.

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17. Add a statement rug

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A statement rug is not only perfect for giving visually impact to a living room, but can also help define a space and make it feel more part of a cohesive interior design.

When shopping for a statement rug, the most important thing to keep in mind is the size of the room you're working with. Ideally the rug should be proportional to the space that it is going into.

Once you've found the perfect size, you can then start playing with pattern and colour. If you're going for something bold, opt for a graphic print or a vivid hue. If you want something more subdued, look for something with subtle stripes, tonal colours or a monotone black and white design. No matter your taste, a large area rug is certain to make a statement.

For help finding the perfect rug, check out our article on living room rug ideas.

18. Consider a chaiselounge.

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Chaise lounges have a stylish and elegant aesthetic, and look particularly classy in reading rooms, studies and bedrooms. They also serve to add character and grandeur to any space.

Keep your sofas in the main living spaces, and opt for chaise lounges elsewhere in the home. While sofas are functional, chaise lounges make more of an interior design statement, and can soften the look and feel of a room.

They are also a versatile piece of furniture that are perfect for any small space, as they take up less room compared to that of a standard sofa. A chaise lounge can easily be used to sit upright, lounge (I guess it's in the name!) or even sleep on, should the need arise.

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19. Soften your bedroom with carpet

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Not only does wall to wall carpeting make a bedroom space cosier by regulating room temperature, it also creates a more inviting and welcoming space.

In addition, carpet is soft and comfortable underfoot, which is important when you're spending time in your bedroom relaxing or getting ready for bed.

Carpet also helps to insulate the room, keeping it warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Another handy benefit, is that it helps to reduce noise levels in a room, making it a more peaceful and quiet place to be.

Overall, carpets are a great choice for any bedroom floor because they are comfortable, durable, and can help to create a more peaceful environment.

In contrast, wooden or laminate flooring allows dirt from the floor to easily stick to your feet, meaning you’re more likely to transfer this into your bed (unless you sweep your floor every single day).

20. Incorporate styles from different cultures

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When it comes to house decor interiors using this particular idea, I wouldn’t go so far as to turn your dining room into a Japanese tea room. However, adding foreign features and objects from around the world can make your room particularly unique and original, and create a beautiful interior design aesthetic.

For example, Shoji screens and other room dividers like the ones here are a chic way of dividing up space in any room.

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21. Make your own terrarium

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Terrariums bring nature inside, are great statement pieces, and happen to be incredibly fun to make. Terrariums are versatile ornaments, and they can pretty much mimic any terrain; you can even make them themed for the kids and include figurines from their favourite TV show or film.

It's often small details like this that make a room look finished, feel lived in and not just like walking into a show home.

22. Create a reading den

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If you’re a bit of a bibliophile, then one of our great home interior ideas is to create a peaceful reading nook: a corner of your room which is dedicated to reading alone and in complete peace.

This can include comfy seating, cushions and a sumptuous soft rug. Simply heaven !

23. Purchase some bespoke custom furniture

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Having some custom-made furniture in your home can really help to make the house look more like you. Plus, you know your needs better than anyone.

Are you someone that likes to read in their downtime? If so, for purely practical reasons, it would be a good ideas to order a custom desk, with built in bookshelves.

Do you have an unusually shaped area that you want to fit custom furniture into? No problem, just have a carpenter over to take measurements, fulfil your design brief and ultimately help your room reach its full potential.

Maybe you just want a one off piece of new furniture making, like a console table or sideboard, to create the perfect focal point for the room.

24. Use wallpaper as art

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While some people believe that wallpaper is an old-fashioned concept in interior design, it doesn’t mean that it has to look old-fashioned.

Modern wallpaper designs can have anything from geometric prints, a giant comic strip, and even make your bedroom walls look like a giant window, overlooking a forest.

It is even possible to design your own print from scratch and have it digitally printed as a repeating pattern. This makes the possibilities truly endless.

25. Add colour to your kitchen

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If you have a predominantly plain white kitchen or kitchen diner design with neutral tones, you might consider adding a pop of colour across the back splash area. This will brighten the overall feel of the room and prevent it from feelingstylistically monotonous.

We have written another article related to kitchen wall decor ideas for adding, not only colour, but personality and interest to your kitchen walls.

26. Install under cabinet lighting

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If you want to brighten the area around your kitchen surfaces, and allow your kitchen to transform into a party-room at night, install some under-cabinet lighting.

This is a pretty cheap and simple way to spruce up your kitchen and kitchen cabinets, and can be done for under £100.

Another idea is to use this lighting method around bedroom headboards and living room cabinets, to either highlight your furniture, or just give the area a soft and subtle lighting effect.

27. Turn your books around

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This may be an odd home interior design idea, but if you feel like the colour of your books’ spines messes up the mood of your room, simply turn those books around for a fresh, neutral look.

On the other hand, you could also allow only certain colour-spine books to be displayed in certain spaces, colour coordinating with the rest of your furniture.

28. Fill bare empty wall space

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Whilst it’s easy to focus on the rest of your home decor space, wall art is very important for the ambience of your room.

Displaying art on your walls can make or break a room; but make sure not to leave them completely bare.

Hang framed photos of family or artistic scenes, or use paintings and canvases to create a gallery wall with lots to look at. (On the other hand, know when to stop, and don’t overcrowd yourwalls to the point of being too cluttered)

29. Go for a minimalist design interior

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While the recent rise of Marie Kondo has inspired many to embrace a more minimalistic way of living with her ‘spark joy’ method, minimalism applies to more than just the stuff in our cupboards or wardrobes.

Reducing the amount of furniture you have in your rooms can make spaces appear, and feel, larger and airier. Moreover, in rooms which have lots of furniture, it’s easy for the space to start to look messy, even when only a few items of litter are visible; minimalist rooms don’t suffer from this problem.

30. Create a ‘mini room’ within a larger room

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This minimalist space can be be created by putting down a large rug, and ensuring that all the furniture you want in your ‘mini room’ lies on top of that rug. Then, use something to divide the space from the rest of the room, such as a Shoji screen.

Another way to achieve this is to either utilise wasted space and turn it into a snug, or literally build a mini room within your room ! Decoist have some great ways to create a mini-room within another room ideas to give you some inspiration.

31. Switch placement of ornaments

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Ever wondered how to freshen up your room without breaking the bank? Well, with these home decor ideas, you won't have to.

Do you have a vase, or a bowl of fake fruit that’s been on your coffee table forever? If so, why not switch things like your ornaments, from room to room?

If youreally want to be ultra efficient, you can even put them on a rota system to keep your spaces from becoming monotonous and stale (okay maybe a step too far!)

This idea can also be used for a dining room table display, items on shelves or side tables.

32. Hang some custom framed maps

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Finally, the last one of our home interior ideas is a truly unique and personalised way to spruce up your walls, aside from hanging photographs and paintings.

In particular hanging maps, which represent places that are important to you can be a great way to add a personal touch to your walls and house decor interiors.

For example, if you live in a different city to where you grew up, you could frame and hang a map to remind you of your childhood home. You can even framefictional maps from the stories that you love, it's all about being creative.

Well, that's your lot ! I hope you have found plenty of inspiration from our home decor ideas and feel ready to take on some of these decorating ideas for yourself ;0)

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