Want a home update or apartment makeover without all the work? Thumbtack is here to help. If your space is dated, or you just moved, try one of Amy Young’s easy upgrades that reap major rewards. Amy received her MA from Harvard and trained under an AD100 interior designer at NYC’s award-winning White Webb. With serious design chops under her belt, she branched out to start her own firm designing homes in both the New York City and Miami metropolitan areas with Amy Young Designs, a Top Pro on Thumbtack. Here she gives her top tips for easy interior design upgrades for any home or apartment.
Be bold with color.
Been dreaming of purple? Don’t be afraid of dark and bold paint colors. “Deep hues won’t darken a room if you place light artwork or an accent mirror in front of it,” explains Amy. The rich tone will provide an easy pop of color and contrast in an otherwise ho-hum space like the entry hall.
Brighten your backsplash.
If you’re ready for a new kitchen look but can’t justify a remodel, try Amy’s easy trick to makeover the space. Just switch out your outdated or boring backsplash with mirror. “It can be an easy and affordable upgrade that will still give your space some glam,” she explains.
Transition your dining area.
The dining room doesn’t have to be formal or rigid. Bring the vibe of your living room into the communal eating space. “Drape a cozy throw and/or pillows over your dining bench or chairs to give it a cozy feel,” she recommends. This is also a fun and inexpensive way to experiment with new colors or styles in your dining space.
Light up the dining room.
For a fast fix on your daily dining experience, upgrade your dining room table ceiling light fixture. “Lighting is the best way to add an accent to a room, especially over a dining table,” she explains. Play with the mixed metals trend, hang a bold statement piece or try a modern twist with an updated classic. Before replacing the existing light, make sure your lightbox can support the weight of the new lamp and that the wiring is up to speed.
Add sweet decorations.
Your grandma had the right idea! Accessorizing with candy hits a sweet spot this season. “If you have a simple white kitchen that needs some color,” Amy says, “find stylish, clear bowls and fill them with colorful candy. Everyone in your family—as well as guests—will appreciate them!” The look is welcoming, playful, and shows you have great taste.
The environment we surround ourselves with on a daily basis affects our mood greatly, according to Amy. “I can’t stress enough the significance of creating a beautiful, functional, and calming space that you call home,” she says. No need to get overwhelmed by overhauling your entire home. Try one of these simple steps this weekend for an instant home decor fix.
[Photos via Amy Young Designs]