10 Ways to Refresh Your Space
How you design your home can have an impact on your mood, productivity, and overall sense of wellbeing. While many people focus on organizing and decorating their space during those first few months of moving in, styles and trends can change, and over the years you may become complacent with your previous decisions. A lot of people think that this means you have to completely revitalize your space with expensive new furniture, unique artwork, and a complete upheaval to your windows or floors. This isn’t the only way to bring major changes to your home. In fact, you can completely change the look and feel of your space with a few simple steps. Here are the best 10 ways to refresh your space without breaking the bank.
1. Rearrange Your Furniture
One of the easiest ways to refresh your space is to rearrange the current furniture you have. You can swap out furniture between rooms or simply change up the layout to give yourself a completely new feel. Before getting started, make sure that you have an ample amount of time. Rearranging your furniture is going to take some trial and error and will be much easier if you take the preliminary steps of cleaning and clearing out a room ahead of time. If you have no idea how to rearrange your room, that’s okay. Start small and determine where your focal point currently is. Your focal point could be a TV, a fireplace, an accent wall, or a window in the room.
Next, think about where you could move the focal point. This will be how you change your layout so that it still makes sense but shifts the current state of the room. When you try new arrangements, test them out and see how they feel. Make sure that you don’t block any walkways and see if the layout allows for natural flow between the furniture and the walls of the room. If you like it, great. If not, keep trying. You don’t have to make any commitments and furniture can always be moved back.
2. Change Your Hanging Décor
Another great way to really refresh your space is to change out your hanging décor. The artwork on your walls can make a big impact on a room but staring at the same painting over the years can get old. Consider finding new décor online, at your local thrift store, or from your favorite artist. If you don’t want to get rid of your old décor just yet, keep them safely stored away. Doing so will give you an inventory of art that can be changed out based on the time of year or whenever you feel. Regardless of if you’re renting or own your home, this small change can lead to huge improvements.
3. Consider a Mirror
Adding reflective surfaces, whether hanging or standing, can help you open up a room and make you feel like the area is bigger than it is. This goes hand-in-hand with lighting, but mirrors are a great way to add both décor and function. Try finding a mirror that matches the current style of a room and play around with location.
4. Reevaluate Your Rugs
Rugs take a lot of wear and tear but are great accents to really bring a room together. Reevaluate the rugs that you currently have. Try swapping rugs between rooms, getting them deep cleaned, or replacing them with a new design. You’d be surprised at how different a room can feel with a new rug.
5. Repaint Your Walls
You don’t have to take on a huge DIY project to boost your home and revitalize your space. In fact, it’s a lot easier than that. All you need to do is try a new paint color. Painting can help refresh any room in your house and has the opportunity to completely change the feel. If you’ve been sticking with neutral colors, try adding an accent wall with a pop of color. If you’ve always painting your rooms light, try switching it up with a darker color and light accents. The options are endless and it’s a great way to play around with your artistic side.
6. Clean, Clean, Clean
Cleaning is a great habit that helps keep your home in good condition over the days, weeks, and years. It keeps your furniture in good condition and even relaxes some people. Regardless, a clean space is sure to change the energy of the room and doesn’t require too much time or money.
7. Try to Alter Your Lighting
You’d be amazed at how much a simple change in lighting can revitalize a room. The best way to achieve this is to utilize as much natural light as possible. If the room you’re refreshing has lots of windows, open the blinds or shades and let the light pour in. For rooms that aren’t as blessed with natural lighting, consider placing lamps in the room. Overhead lighting can be abrasive and create harsh shadows within a room. Use floor length lamps or desk lamps to soften the light and create a more welcoming feel.
8. Organize and Declutter
Another great way to refresh your space is to take some time to go through everything so that it’s organized and decluttered. We all accumulate things over the years, but it might not be too apparent until you focus on organization. Go through each room and consider everything that you have in drawers and on visible shelves or tables. Spend some time getting rid of things that no longer bring you joy and putting things aside that you no longer want to display. If you want to keep items, but don’t find them useful in the open any longer, you can store them for later use. Keeping a room simple and decluttered will completely change the overall feel of your space and can help improve your productivity and focus.
9. Create a Distraction Free Zone
We have all spent a lot of time at home over the past few years and we’ve become accustomed to distractions in our work and home life. A great way to refresh your space is to create a distraction free zone where you can go to unplug and unwind after a particularly stressful day. This could be an area where you work, relax, or simply sit and focus on your mental health. You could keep a bookshelf nearby or integrate a small table for art or puzzles. Simply avoid adding a TV nearby and try to make it a rule to leave your phone behind when you’re in this area. Pretty soon, this little area may become your go-to oasis. If you want to transform this area into a home office, here are some ways to help make it work.
10. Add Some Plants
Adding plants to your room is another great way to refresh your space and improve the indoor air quality of your home. There are tons of different options for plants, many of which are known to reduce toxins and allergens. Do some research on what plants you like best and then head to your local nursery. If you’ve never taken care of plants before, don’t worry. There are plenty of plants that are low maintenance and easy to keep alive.
Refreshing your space doesn’t have to be difficult. Start small and work your way down this list until you feel like you’re in a whole new place. You’d be amazed at how a few small changes can lead to big differences in your home’s overall look and feel. If, for whatever reason, you want to drastically alter your living space, consider selling your home and working with a reputable real estate agent to find something that speaks to you. For questions about your home’s current value, market performance, or the buying/selling process as a whole, contact First Star Realty today.
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