5 Creative Ideas to Make a Room Look Cooler

5 Creative Ideas to Make a Room Look Cooler

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Although hiring a professional designer is the first thing that comes to mind when attempting to make living space look cool and chic, the same goal can be achieved through other, less costly means. Of course, people differ significantly when it comes to what they consider to be stylish, but there are some interior design tips you can’t go wrong with.

Adding a few hanging plants is an excellent way to bring life to any room. Similarly, following a minimalistic approach can make any space look more welcoming and less cluttered. Other excellent ideas include installing removable wallpaper, hanging some wall art, and replacing lighting fixtures. They all offer a sense of value while simultaneously being pretty straightforward to implement.

Sprucing up your living space does not have to be a headache. Here are some of the most creative ways to make every room look elegant without breaking the bank:

Use a Wallpaper

Wallpapers are a very popular and inexpensive way to decorate rooms. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can match your style preferences with ease. Go with a monochrome or geometric wallpaper if you’re looking to create a clean and minimalist look. Otherwise, opt for a patterned or colorful wallpaper if you prefer a more decorative style. You don’t have to install it on all the walls – you can achieve a more sophisticated and visually appealing look if you apply wallpaper only to one or two walls.

However, if you rent a place, you might want to look into relevant policies. For example, if you move into the Washington area, it may not be enough to memorize the Washington DC moving guide as different neighborhoods or even buildings can have their own rules that may or may not allow you to renovate over a certain degree. As such, it might be a better idea to use an easily removable wallpaper. It will also allow you to change the decor whenever you feel like it.

Add a Hanging Plant

A hanging plant can make the difference between an ‘okay’ and a ‘wow’ living space. A simple houseplant is a great way to bring a splash of green into your home, and some plants can even improve air quality. By placing them in corners or at eye level, you can create a beautiful focal point that adds character to any room. You can have them drape from your ceiling, be placed on your wall, or even adorn your desk. Regardless of where you choose to place it, a plant will always make a room look more welcoming and cozy.

If you’re not sure what type of plant to use, you can go with spider plant or peace lily. Both are quite easy to maintain and will last for a long time. Alternatively, you can invest in a fake plant or something that looks cute but doesn’t require any maintenance whatsoever.

Place Some Colorful Blankets

Many people assume that throw pillows are an absolute must when it comes to making living spaces look more inviting and comfortable. However, these items aren’t for everyone – especially those who prefer a minimalist decorating approach. Instead of wasting money on fluffy pillows that will only serve as clutter later on, you can place a colorful blanket on your couch instead. It will still add a touch of charm while also being much cheaper and way more functional than tons of pillows – it will serve you well during long and cold evenings.

Another option would be to use a blanket as a wall hanging. If you opt for a colorful one, it will complement the room’s overall design. You can also use it to conceal a damaged or stained wall or doors of your office.

Replace Light Fixtures

A lot of homeowners focus on things like flooring and paint when it comes to making their living spaces look fancy and expensive; however, lighting fixtures are just as important when it comes to achieving this goal. Replacing old fixtures with new ones can have a significant impact on the overall appeal of any space as well as its energy efficiency.

If your budget allows for it, it’s worth investing in high-quality light fixtures, such as chandeliers and pendants, rather than using traditional ones. You might not notice any difference until nighttime hits, but once you do, you’ll realize what an incredible investment this was!

Hang Wall Art

If you’re looking to add some character to your living space, there’s no better way to do it than by hanging some wall art. Whether you prefer simple photos or detailed drawings, wall art can turn any room into something exciting and stylish. By using open-minded and non-judgmental criteria, you can find a piece that will be right for you.

Some of the most popular wall art choices include prints or drawings of your favorite animal, a famous person, or even something abstract like leaves or flowers. You can also go with a piece of art representing your personality or interests.

One thing to keep in mind is not to overdo it with the wall art. Too many drawings and paintings can make a room look busy and cluttered. Instead, try to stick to some minimalist prints or a single piece.


If you’re looking for ways to make your home look more sophisticated without straining your finances, there are many creative ideas that you can choose from. From adding a few plants and replacing old lighting fixtures to hanging wall art and placing blankets on couches, there are plenty of small things you can do to take your home from ordinary to extraordinary. Choose the ones you like the most and transform your living space into the perfect place for you!


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).