Giving your home some TLC doesn’t have to cost a fortune or become a long and arduous process. Here are some very simple and highly effective ways to freshen up your home any time of year.
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1. De-clutter it! (Degree of Difficulty – easy)
Photo via Jonathan Legate Interior Consultation Designer: Jonathan Legate
We build our lives, save our memories, and document every nuance of our children’s growth. The next thing we know we’re inundated with stuff we’ve accumulated over the years and can’t part with. Living in a home that is cluttered and disorganized will immediately drain your energy – without even realizing it.
To eliminate the mess and get you to a peaceful resolve start by going through every bin, shelf, drawer and cabinet. Gather all the papers, old toys, books and back issues of magazines you haven’t used in a year – and get rid of them! Don’t shuffle the clutter from one side of the room to the other. Purge and remove everything from the space. Only once everything is cleared away will you able to design, decorate and appreciate your space.
2. Re-arrange it! (Degree of Difficulty –easy)
Photo via Richard W Herb and Associates Designer: Richard W Herb
Once you’ve de-cluttered your space start moving things around. Take inventory of the furniture throughout your home and start experimenting. Maybe your adorable bedroom chair would look even better in the living room, and those pair of table lamps would revitalize your bedroom ambiance. Relocate the foyer chandelier in a sleek finish and re-introduce it in the dining room. And don’t be afraid to swap out the accessories from room to room – you won’t need to spend a dime.
3. Paint it or Paper it! (Degree of Difficulty – easy to moderate)
Photo via Leslie Fine Interiors Designer: Leslie Fine
Invigorate your outdated family room and energize your bedroom with one of the new hot color trends of the season. A fresh coat or two of paint can instantly change the mood, ambiance and energy of a room. Just remember when selecting paint colors for your home its imperative to know what mood you are trying to achieve, how you intend to use the space and more importantly which colors you really love.
Create a jewel box at home by installing wallcoverings in a favorite space. Whether you choose to introduce subtle textures or bold patterns – wallpaper instantly infuses detail and character to your space. The endless selection of raffias, silks linens and metallics are striking in both traditional and contemporary settings.
4. Welcome it! (Degree of Difficulty – easy)
Photo Via HGTV Canada Designer Meredith Heron
Enhance the front entry of your home by exuding a positive energy and flow into your home – for health, happiness and prosperity. Sound good?
Start by simply creating a focal point or vignette somewhere in your foyer. Perhaps a simple console table with a favorite piece of art hanging above, highlighted by a sophisticated table lamp – will evoke a positive feeling each time you walk through your door. Take it a step further and add a small water element or a mirror on the wall perpendicular to the door. This will help in create a well-balanced, healthy and prosperous life.
5. Flower it! (Degree of Difficulty – easy)
Photo via Nest by Tamara Designer: Tamara Matthews-Stephenson
Adding fresh flowers to your home décor or party table is the piece de resistance in any design project and an instant pick-me-up!
Next time you’re shopping for groceries or at your local farmer’s market pick up some fresh flowers and create some fun and unique arrangements. You don’t need to spend a fortune, just look for what’s in season, well priced and colorful enough to enhance your mood. Place them in colorful glasses, pitchers, bowls or pales and sprinkle these arrangements throughout your home.
I do this as a weekly treat to myself – fresh flowers make me happy.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2011 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.