If you’ve been in your home for a little while, things can start to feel a little stuffy. You may find yourself focusing on all the things you wish you could change. You may even be considering a new property all together.
Before you take the new property plunge, it’s worth taking a bit of time to breathe some life into those familiar spaces. It doesn’t take much to make you realise why you fell in love with your home in the first place.
Here are some quick (and cheap) ways you can make your home feel new again.
Do a deep clean
As you start to settle in to your space, it’s easy for things to pile up. Literally. Doing a deep clean throughout your whole home is a great first step in making it feel like that first day you moved in.
We’re not talking a tidy up. We’re talking a full floor to ceiling clean. And all you need is a little elbow grease. A few areas to focus on include:
- Wipe down ceilings and walls with a spritz of water and a microfiber cloth.
- Don’t forget to clean fixtures, handles, knobs and switches.
- Clear out drawers and under sinks.
- Don’t forget the oven, refrigerator and pantry.
- Clean all windows inside and out — that includes the sills and tracks.
- When doing the floors, move your furniture. Clean your carpets, beat your rugs, polish your tiles or timber.
- Get rid of the clutter. Donate or toss out anything you don’t want or need.
Add a fresh coat of paint
If you’re looking for maximum impact at minimal cost, you can’t beat a fresh coat of paint. It has the power to give any room a completely new look and feel. Keep costs in check by choosing one or two rooms to start with.
To get the most out of your new paint, make sure you do the right prep work and use the right tools for the job. You’ll also want to choose your colour wisely. It can be tempting to go big and bold, but this can quickly become too much.
Remember that light coloured neutrals are a great way to make any room feel light and spacious. They’re also versatile in that they work with all furniture, and they reflect natural light. If you do want to add a splash of bold colour, start off small. Choose one wall and make it a feature.
Bring in some plants
A good way to bring life into any home is to do just that — bring in new life in the form of plants. This applies to interior and exterior spaces. Add a few house plants throughout the home to add a bit of bright greenery.
Outside, you can revamp your garden with some new plants. It’s a great project that will help you reconnect with your home, and an easy way to bring in some new colour and style.
Make sure you put some thought into the plants you choose. If you have pets, only choose pet-friendly varieties. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, you’ll want to choose low maintenance, hardy varieties that will thrive under all circumstances.
Consider new window dressings
You may not realise the effect the right window dressings can have on a room. The right dressings can bring light, colour and texture, while the wrong dressings can make a room dark and dated.
If you want an instant uplift, consider new blinds, shades or curtains. The latter can even bring in an opportunity to add a subtle colour or pattern. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when looking for just the right fit in the store. A little advice can go a long way when it comes to buying the right length and hooks.
If new window dressing just isn’t in the budget, it’s worth adding these to your deep clean efforts. Dust off blinds and toss curtains in the washing machine (or take them to the dry cleaners if necessary).
Update your accessories
Last but certainly not least, changing up your accessories can do wonders in making your home feel fresh again. This is your chance to jazz up your colour palette and bring in new layers of texture for a more vibrant look and feel.
Consider new covers for your throw pillows. Hang some artwork or frame family photos to place around your home. Add some scented candles or incense to bring in a new bright, vivid scent. Just remember to come up with some ideas and a budget before you hit the shops. This will help to ensure you don’t go overboard.