Does your home feel a bit worn out? You don’t have to spend a fortune to redecorate. Try these simple but effective tips to make your space feel new and inspiring again.
Rearrange and Replenish Your Furnishings
An old trick that will make you feel like you’ve moved into a brand new room is simply rearranging your furniture. Beds, sofas, tables, and wall units are large structures that command the focal points of a room. They have a lot of surface area, so they really impact the mood and balance of space. Rearranging your furniture can add a sense of flow, symmetry, convenience, or comfort in a room that had none before.
You might not know where to start and you might not know what you’ll end up liking until you’ve seen the changes in place, so brainstorm several ideas. Get friends or family members to jump into the process, draw sketches to help you visualize your ideas, or use this nifty virtual Arrange-A-Room tool. If you can, replace outdated furniture, or add new pieces that offer function or special character.
Paint, Clean, and Repair
After you’ve made changes to your furniture, the next best option is to clean up your home completely. Paint your walls with new colors. Get your carpets professionally cleaned or remove them altogether. Get rid of clutter and organize your closets, pantry, and kitchen cupboards. Throw out, recycle, or give away things you no longer need. Consider hiring a housecleaning service to give your rooms a more thorough scrubbing and to make your job easier. Schedule an air duct cleaning to help improve issues with air quality.
Your kitchen is likely the most important room in your house, aside from your bathroom. It’s the place your family gathers for great meals and bonding moments, so consider giving it a new look. If your appliances are at the end of their lifespan, replace them. Try installing new cabinetry or lighting and add color and accents to the walls.
Make changes outdoors, too. Repair any broken structures, power wash your siding, repaint your porch, and redesign your front yard with a new flower garden or a lovely hedge.
Add Energizing Touches
Simple touches like new curtains, lively throw pillows, and cheerful rugs can add a lot of energy to a room. Plants are another great way of adding both life and color.
Think about the picture frames on your walls and other decor. What can you change or add to create the appeal you’re looking for? A nice piece of artwork above your living room sofa could make all the difference. Family photos arranged in a symmetrically pleasing layout can add a touch of warmth and intimacy. Allow your imagination to explore.
It’s important to feel great in your own home, but it doesn’t have to cost you much. Adding simple touches, making creative changes, or adjusting a decorative angle is often enough to refresh the look and feel of your environment while making you fall in love with your home all over again.