Stylish and Innovative Design Ideas to Inspire Your Next Renovation
Whether it’s a fixer-upper or a new build, homeowners are always dreaming up ways to customize houses. A renovation can be anything from making over a single room to gutting the kitchen. Whatever route you decide to go, it's always smart to be on the lookout for a little inspiration and guidance.
If you're tired of the same old Pinterest suggestions, here are 30 fantastic design ideas to help inspire your latest project.
Add Some Charm to an All-White Kitchen
Turn on HGTV and you'll be overwhelmed by how many designers go for an all-white kitchen. This is because white kitchens create a sense of openness and space that is particularly helpful when your kitchen is on the smaller side.
Big Windows Call for Plants Everywhere
Cramped homes often need mirrors or light-colored walls to help make the space feel bigger. However, big windows can do a lot of that work for you by bringing in light and pleasant views to an otherwise tiny room.
Create an Outdoor Oasis Without Land
A lot of homes in heavily populated areas come equipped with zero green space in the backyard (or side yard, or front yard — basically, it's all concrete). If you're longing for a little less gray, renovate your home to create an outdoor oasis.
Bring in Color With Wallpaper
When you think about wallpaper, your mind probably goes back to the '80s and '90s when people took it way, way too far. However, you can still enjoy some gorgeous wallpaper without having your home look like a scene straight out of The Goldbergs.
Get an Airy Feel With White on White
Some people love a cozy, dark home. Others would live on a sun deck if it were socially appropriate. If you're the latter, consider brightening your home up with a room that is white on white (like Kim Kardashian West, except without the creepy museum vibe).
Go to Great Lengths for a Cozy Vibe
In Denmark, they have a word, "hygge," that doesn't just mean cozy. Rather, it encompasses that feeling you get when you feel cozy. Hygge is credited as one of the reasons Denmark is the happiest country in the world.
Opt for Light Wood Stain for a Natural Look
In the early 2010s, espresso wood finish was all the rage. Nothing was light, including cabinets, hardwood floors and furniture. It was the dark ages of interior design, but that fad that has come to an end.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors Without Having to Go Outdoors
It's one thing to enjoy the beauty of nature, but it's quite another to actually go outside. Depending on where you live, going outside could mean having to brave the elements of snow or high heat and humidity.
Make a Statement with Your Hardwood Floors
One thing that tends to be on every homebuyer's wish list is hardwood floors (or at least a high quality faux version). Because of this, however, many homes share the same look.
Invest in Self-Care
If there's anything that is trending, it's self-care. Self-care is important for your individual mental and physical health, and other people are more likely to accept it as an excuse over, "I need to calm down and get away from my children before I cut one of them."
Add Some Exposed Brick
If you're living in a historical area, an urban space or even a cookie-cutter home, some exposed brick will add texture and a little something different to any room. Many structures already have some brick — it's just a matter of digging through the walls to find it.
Bring in Pops of Color in Unexpected Spots
If you aren't into edgy home design and genuinely love the ideas you see in HGTV and Parade of Homes, that's still fine. If we've learned anything in the 2010s, it's that going basic is just as acceptable as being a hipster who hates all things popular.
Stand Out With a Bold Front Door
Homeowner associations are good for many things, but not so much for allowing unique home styles. If you're not able to change up your shutters or siding to stick out from your neighbors, a painted front door can provide a similar result in a more subtle way.
Design a Custom Built-In Bookcase
If you love to read and write or have a collection of DVDs that you can't bear to part with, adding in a custom-made built-in bookcase can completely overhaul a space in a way that shows off your personal interests.
Put a Twist on the Shiplap Trend
If there's one thing Chip and Joanna Gaines gave us, it's a love of shiplap. It's a beautiful trend and opens up a room, but it's also becoming one of those things that you find in every house (along with farmhouse signs even when the home is in the suburbs — but that's an argument for another article).
Add a Drop Zone
Many homes are severely lacking in storage space. Closet space (including coat closets) typically gets dedicated to storing things that you need easy access to frequently, but not every single day. Without a coat closet, it won't take long for shoes to pile up and coats to get thrown over an armchair.
Make a Statement with Funky Tile
When you think tile, boring beige probably comes to mind. However, there are a ton of tile options available that can easily make some cool, custom designs — it's just that not many people jump on the opportunity.
Hang Some Greenery and Lighting
Have tall ceilings? Tall ceilings often add a sense of space to small rooms, but when they're in a room that already feels pretty big, they're kind of going to waste. If that's the case, adding a hanging feature can really freshen things up.
Ditch the Standard Staircase
Some home renovations are more in-depth than others. A simple room makeover requires way less planning than a complete structural change. But, if you are renovating the structure of your home, consider using the opportunity to ditch traditional design and go for something fun and unique.
Add a Small Plunge Pool
Have you looked at dream vacation spots online and seen those awesome rooms at resorts that have their own plunge pool? These pools aren't exclusive to expensive resorts — you can have one in your backyard to use whenever the weather is nice enough.
Build a Greenhouse
Love plants and have a green thumb? Spruce up your backyard and build a greenhouse. They come in all different sizes, so even if you have very little land, you can still find a way to grow some flowers yearlong.
Create a Cozy Reading Nook
A home should be the ultimate place to relax. If you like to end a long day with a hot cup of tea and a good book, consider looking for ways to add a cozy reading nook to your home.
Build the Secret Clubhouse of Your Childhood Dreams
Remember being a kid and building secret forts where you and your friends would have club meetings? It was an escape from home and annoying siblings who always wanted to be around you. Sure, it also flooded with even the slightest drizzle and completely deteriorated once winter came along, but it was still fun.
Add a Porch Worthy of a Rocking Chair and Sweet Tea
Back before fast construction and cookie-cutter housing, a lot of homes had big, beautiful front porches. Some wrapped around the entire house, while others provided just enough space for a porch swing and little table. Either way, these picture-perfect front porches are hard to come by now.
Skip the Stain on a Wood Staircase
Something about an all-wood staircase instantly creates a special vibe for a house. It says, "Look how pretty I am. Also, I clearly don't have toddlers because I don't have to worry about someone slipping on these and busting their head." They really are a statement piece.
Design Your Dream Closet
If you have a big budget for home renovation and a large collection of clothes, shoes, bags and other items, consider designing the closet of your dreams. It doesn't have to resemble Carrie's from Sex and the City (the movies, not the small one in the series), but it can be made to work specifically for you.
Create a Yoga Room
Have some extra space in your home that's not big enough for a bedroom but larger than a standard closet? These rooms are tough to figure out what to do with — until you remember that mindfulness, meditation and yoga are a thing.
Deck Out Your Rooftop
Living in an urban area has a lot of perks, like being within walking distance to just about everything. The downside is that many of the homes don't have a ton of outdoor space, if any. Public parks are fun, but sometimes you just want to relax outside by yourself.
Dedicate a Room Just for Your Pet
Look, not everyone wants to have kids. There are some real arguments against them, like sticky hands, potty training and daily tantrums. There are also people who still want that kind of love and opt to invest their hearts into a sweet pet.
Build a Coffee Bar
There is a reason that shirts, posters, and mugs have statements like "not talky before coffee" on them — coffee is seriously the source of power for a lot of people. Getting out of a cozy bed in the morning is hard, but coffee makes it a little more bearable.