There are lots of simple and easy ways to change the appearance of your home without spending a ton of money or exhausting yourself with back breaking labor. You'd be surprised by how much you can change the appearance of a room with a new set of curtains and some simple accessories. Just rearranging the furnishings and placing a new throw over your sofa and/or chairs can make a big difference. In this article, we will share five fast and easy home makeovers that you can do all on your own. Read on to learn more. 

1. Paint a single wall! 

Painting is quick, easy and effective. It can completely change the look of a room even if you only paint one wall. When you have a wall painted in a contrasting or enhancing color, it is called an accent wall. It can really brighten up your room for only a few dollars and a few hours of your time. 

Before you begin, think about what sort of atmosphere you hope to create. Choose your colors accordingly. For example, if you want to make the room seem larger, try a combination of greens, purples and blues. These colors add an air of spaciousness, and they are very calming. 

If you want a more vibrant atmosphere, go with yellows, reds and shades of orange. ` These bright colors draw the viewer's attention and will really make your accent wall stand out. They will make the room seem warmer. Be aware that these bright color will also make your room seem smaller. 

2. Move your furniture around! 

Moving your furniture is a very cheap and easy home makeover. You can just move an object of art or create a "conversation pit" with your existing furniture. You'll be surprised by how much this changes the appearance and feel of your home. Be sure you understand the ways in which proportion and scale combine to define your living area. This will help you find the most effective furniture placement. 

First, you must take all the furniture out of the room and clean the floors thoroughly. In this way, you can prevent moving your dust around along with your furniture. Look at the empty space carefully. Arrange your furnishings so that everyone in the room will feel included. You can use your furniture to create conversation groupings. Use props, such as plants to create separations between areas in large spaces. 

Avoid placing your furniture right up against the wall. Instead, use larger furnishings to create dividers between individual spaces. Make certain you leave enough room for the free flow of traffic through the room. 

3. Put the focus on your coffee table. 

Your coffee table is probably right at the center of the room anyway, so why not make it interesting? If your coffee table is entirely glass, you could put an interesting sculpture or other object of art underneath. If your coffee table is glass-topped, there are many eye-catching things you can do. If the glass is protecting wood underneath, you can put photos and artwork under the glass for easy, safe display. This is also a wonderful way to display holiday cards, birthday cards and so on. 

If you just have a plain coffee table without a glass top, it's a simple matter to have a piece of glass cut to fit it. You are sure to be delighted with the many decorating options this simple addition will provide you. 

4. Add new fixtures. 

It is fairly quick, easy and affordable to put new faucets in your bathroom and kitchen. You can also put in new light fixtures and/or ceiling fans. This kind of simple change can really make a big difference, especially if your fixtures are quite old. New, modern fixtures can add elegant touches that completely transform the look of your rooms. 

Most hardware and home improvement stores carry a nice selection of faucets and fixtures at very affordable prices. The clerks in  the stores are usually knowledgeable and able to help you make smart selections and answer your questions about installation. Before shopping, envision the look you hope to achieve. Cut some pictures out of magazines to take along. This will help you explain your  vision and make wise selections. 

When choosing new fixtures, you may encounter the following choices: 

* Waterfall
* Chromed
* Bronzed
* No-touch
* One or two handles

It's smart to read up on these choices in home design magazines and online before  venturing forth to the home improvement store. 

You are sure to be surprised by how easy it is to change or add a ceiling fan. The difference it makes in your living space is remarkable. There are many different kinds of ceiling fans to choose from. They come in all sorts of materials and a wide variety of colors and designs. Fan blades may be customized to really enhance the ambiance of a room. 

When purchasing any sort of fixtures, you should pay close attention to the craftsmanship and quality of the items. Some sorts of materials are far superior to others. The better the materials, the longer your new fixtures will last. Naturally, you will want to select fixtures that will blend with your existing decor or match the decor you plan. 

5. Beautify your light switches. 

You only need to know how to use a screwdriver to change out your switch plates. You can buy switch plates in a vast array of colors, designs, shapes and styles. Match your wallpaper border or your trim. Select a switch plate that represents your favorite sport or depicts your favorite work of art. 

You can even design your own switch plates by covering plain ones with wallpaper or decorating them with fabric, ribbons and other artistic and crafty materials. 

So there you have it. Five easy little projects that can help you transform the appearance of your home. Take a look around your house and think about the small changes you can make that will add up to big improvements.