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5 Easy Ways to Transform Your NYC Apartment

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

You don’t have to live with the hassle and stress of a significant renovation or spend thousands of dollars to transform your home into a more stylish space. These five simple ways to transform your interiors are all inexpensive and easy to do yourself – and will make a big difference to the style of your home.

Change Your Hardware

It is incredible what a difference new hardware can make in almost every room of your home. A new faucet can change the look of your kitchen or bathroom, while new handles or knobs can breathe new life into old furniture, and make cheap flat-pack furniture look more expensive or even custom-designed.

Change Your Bedding

The largest piece of furniture in a bedroom is usually the bed, which means you can give the entire room a makeover with just a change of bedding. Switch out dark-colored bedding with light colors to make the room feel bigger and brighter, or replace old-style florals and colorful, gaudy prints with simple neutrals to make your bedroom instantly look and feel more sophisticated.

Re-paint Your Room

One of the cheapest ways to transform a room is to use paint. In a matter of hours, it can make faded walls look fresh again – or change their color for a completely different look. It takes only around 2 gallons of paint to cover a medium-sized room, meaning you can easily re-paint a room yourself for well under $100.

Upgrade Your Window Dressings

Nearly any window can change its look with new curtains. Simple, sheer white curtains give a light and airy feel, while heavier lined draperies in rich, dark colors will create a much more formal look. If you can’t find any curtains that you like in the store, with only basic sewing skills you can make your own curtains from any fabric that you want.


Don’t overlook the power of accessories. A vase of fresh flowers, a colorful bowl of fruit, or some scented candles can brighten up any room for only a few dollars. Family photos can also make a good decoration, but they look best when they’re all in similar frames – stick to frames in the same color or finish for the most stylish display. For living rooms, consider adding colorful pillows to your sofas or a new rug on the floor for an instant style ‘facelift.’

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