5 Ways to refresh your home
Sep 13, 2019
Sometimes, even the best-loved homes need a refresh. But time and money can make redecorating a challenge—so we’ve picked 5 easy and affordable ways to spruce up your home with simple projects that will make a noticeable difference. Even Johnson the Dog gets in on the act! Just remember: some home projects can affect your insurance so check before you start.
1. Clear Out Your Old Stuff
The best first step is a good decluttering, so that you can make more space for something new. Getting rid of faded and unloved items is great for your state of mind, as it helps you feel like you’re starting an exciting new chapter. You can feel even better when you donate items to a local charity. If you don’t love it or use it, get rid of it!
2. Try a Fresh Coat of Paint
Repainting a space is the most common way to refresh it, but you don’t need to go all out to make a big difference. For one thing, you don’t need to paint four walls—you could paint just one with a bold accent colour. And you don’t have to paint walls to make a difference: try painting furniture like tables and chairs. Get creative and take some chances: you can always repaint it another time.
3. Cover Up With Fabrics
Introducing new fabrics is an effortless and inexpensive way to bring new life to a space. Throw pillows, blankets, couch throws and small rugs are easy to find and can transform your existing furniture and décor. Check thrift and vintage stores for something classic, or go online to find something modern and exciting. Best of all, you can move them around from room to room when you want to switch things up in the future.
4. Go Green With Plants
Having plants in your home offers many benefits: they improve the air quality, create a sense of well-being, and can even help reduce background noise. Most of all, they look fantastic! Choosing plants can be a reflection of your personal style, but they should also be chosen to suit your space: some are well-suited to lower light if you don’t have many windows, while some can be low-maintenance in case you lead a busy life. Whether in a pot on the floor, on a table, hanging in a window or even in a terrarium, adding some green always makes a space fresher—just make sure they’re pet-safe if you have a kitty or a pup.
5. Replacements You Can Handle
Here’s an extremely easy project that will make a surprisingly large difference: replace your kitchen cabinet handles—or any other handles throughout your space. Remember, you’re reaching for these every day; it’s easy to notice the difference once you swapped them out. It beats replacing an entire set of cabinets or furniture, and when combined with a new coat of paint, you’ll feel like you’ve got something brand new—without spending a fortune.
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