If you spend a lot of time in your humble abode and have grown tired of your interior design, it may be time to refresh your home.
However, not everyone has the budget or time to undertake serious renovations. So, if you’re looking for quick and easy ideas to spruce up the rooms in your home, here’s a list to help.
These tips are cheap and relatively low-effort: we know you’re busy, and you won’t want to take out a short term loan to refresh your home. For this project, a little bit of creativity can go a long way.
One: Treasure your walls
Possibly the best way to refresh your home is to turn your attention to the walls. This can be especially important if you have young children who always manage to leave dirty handprints on surfaces. If you’ve never washed your walls before, you might be surprised by just how dirty they are.
Once your interior (and exterior if you’re ambitious) walls are clean, you can address colour. Is your current paint colour making you sad? Do you have family photos lying around that need to be displayed? Now’s your chance. If you aren’t motivated enough or feel that you don’t need to repaint every wall, why not consider the potential of a feaure wall?
Feature walls are a great way to break up a room. You can put one, or multiple, in any room of the house you like. Don’t feel you’re limited to paint either; you can use wallpaper, lighting or various framed photos to attract the eye and make the chosen wall stand out. Consider the paint colours you use and the effect you want to have. Light colours will make your room feel larger and vice versa. Keep this in mind before purchasing any paint.
Two: Address your windows
When it comes to your windows, a great way to refresh your home is to give them a clean and contemplate your treatments. Firstly you want to be able to have a crisp, clear view of the outside world. If the glass is particularly dusty, or a spider is living in the top corner, they might need a clean. If your window screens have had it, and new screens won’t cause you to blow your budget, It may be worth getting them replaced. If not, a brush and a hose will do the job.
Back inside, put some consideration into the current state of your blinds or curtains. If the plastic is peeling off your Venetians, you might need to upgrade. If your curtains no longer spark joy, it can be potentially inexpensive to replace them. Keep in mind that ironing your curtains before you hang them will make them look much sleeker.
Three: Update your bed linen
If you want to feel better about your bedroom, start with your bed. New mattresses and pillows can do wonders for your comfort and sleep quality. However, simply changing your bed linen can be enough to help refresh your home. If you’ve owned your sheets for multiple years, they may be looking a little bit sad.
Getting some new bed linen is a great way to change the look of a room. Simply buying a new doona cover can be enough to make you feel better about your space. But you don’t have to stop there. Getting some fresh towels and bathmats can also help invigorate your bathrooms. The great thing about changes like these is that, even though they can be aesthetically pleasing, you can also benefit from clean, soft new linen.
Four: Alternate your accessories
The devil is in the details, and these are a few minor details that can make a big difference. Switching out door handles, lampshades, pillows, rugs, and greenery can instantly refresh your home. These accessories can be as cheap or expensive as you like, depending on what you’re after and where you’re looking.
The great thing is, you probably don’t notice how ugly your drawer handles are until you upgrade them. Then you’ll want to be opening every drawer in the kitchen. This is where creativity comes in – identifying how to improve something without getting rid of it. You don’t need a new couch, just some nicer cushions and a throw rug. You don’t need a whole new lamp, just new shades to match your curtains. You don’t need new pots, just better-suited plants.
Little switch-ups like these can drastically improve your interior design. Look at your rooms through a critical eye and identify what you don’t like. Then ask yourself why you don’t like it and what you could do to improve it. Easy!
These four steps are just basic suggestions that you can put into practice to refresh your home. You can use them all or only a few, depending on how much of a change you want. If you’re unsure where to begin or how to start, consider visiting sites such as Pinterest for inspiration. The underlying message here is that you don’t need deep pockets to feel comfortable at home. Embrace smart purchases and DIY for an interior makeover you’ll love.
How often do you try and refresh your home? What simple things do you do to make your home look better? Tell us in the comments below.