Your home is the one place where you can feel free to be yourself – where you can relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Home should be a place you enjoy coming back to after a long day at work and where you can put your feet up and just breathe. It should be cozy and welcoming, enticing you to leave your cares behind.
However, no matter how much you like it, your home can sometimes lose some of its shine. Having the same finishes, color schemes and furnishings can seem boring after a while. You start getting tired of seeing the same cabinets as you cook in the kitchen; the bathroom feels old and the living room seems dull.
Fortunately, you can freshen things up by making a few simple changes in all the rooms. A couple of well-placed tweaks to the interior décor and furnishings here and there and you’ll be surprised by the overall change in your house.
Here are some great tips to get you started:
Play around with color
One of the easiest ways to update your home is to change the color scheme in some rooms. You can do this either by painting the room or by introducing color accents. The latter method is less time consuming. You can introduce pops of color by adding some throw pillows in the living room, a new colorful rug in the bedroom or even a bright shower curtain in the bathroom. Keep in mind that pastel shades and bright hues can make your home seem light and airy, while neutral colors are ideal for anchoring any room’s décor.
Decorate the walls
Consider your walls as blank canvases, waiting for you to create a masterpiece. You can make any room in your home look different, simply by putting up decorations on the walls. Family photos, sticker decals, posters, wallpaper and even your kid’s artwork can be hung up to transform a previously drab space into a welcoming room. Experiment with different frames for a more exotic feel.
Add a floral touch
Nothing can freshen up your home quite like bringing the outdoors in. Buy or pick some flowers, place them in flower bottle vases, then strategically place them around your house for a natural sparkle. The flowers’ scent and color will refresh any room. Alternatively, you can opt to look for flowery seat covers, cushions, pillowcases or wallpaper to create the same effect. Just make sure you only use a few such pieces in a room, as too many flowery patterns will overwhelm your interior décor and create a feeling of clutter.
Dress the windows
Another easy way to give your home a quick facelift is by changing your window dressings. For instance, you can switch to wooden shutters during the summer months, and then hang heavy drapes in winter. Shutters can not only provide adequate ventilation in the summer, they can also be painted to match the rest of your home’s décor. Drapes, on the other hand, are perfect for winter since they can trap warm air to keep you and your family toasty. Heavy, lined curtains are best suited to this task.
Update the bedrooms
As you freshen the rest of the house, remember to touch up the bedrooms. New duvets or bed linen can go a long way towards this. You can also add some area rugs or a carpet to create a warm, welcoming feel. Additionally, you can get a new headboard cover, rearrange the bedroom furniture or hang some décor on the walls. Putting up a new mirror can also make a world of difference to your bedroom.
Revamp the kitchen
The kitchen could also benefit from a mini-renovation. You don’t have to break the bank for this, as one or two simple touches will do the trick. Painting the cabinets, for example, can make a huge difference, making the kitchen more appealing. You can also opt to change the cabinet knobs or lighting fixtures to give the room a different feel from the one you are used to.
As you can see, freshening up your home needn’t be an expensive affair. You can take on some small DIY projects and still give the house a whole different look. The best thing is to have an idea of what you want to achieve, then see how you can get that done on a budget. Remember to keep rooms simple and uncluttered as you seek to make your home a welcoming haven for you and your family.