There are a ton of great ways to make rooms feel fresher without any major overhauls — and without spending a cent. When the “let’s spiff this place up” spirit strikes, keep in mind some creative ways to use what’s already around to make your home fabulous (and I’m not talking hot glue and popsicle sticks here).
Save your money for that amazing lamp you’ve been eyeing and try these free home refresh ideas right now…
1. Take away three things
Pick a room that feels a little overwhelming. Identify three objects that can go. Donate them, hide them or repurpose them in another room. Need ideas? A vase you never use, a throw pillow that you always move, a picture that’s busying up a wall, a stack of magazines you don’t read, the much-neglected blender.
2. Change the knobs
Cabinets, dressers and desks can be updated in a snap by dressing up the knobs and drawer pulls. Paint ’em, replace them with knotted ribbon, wrap them with beads/wire, glue on buttons/toys, dye them… there are countless ways to make the knobs more exciting.
3. Scarf it up
Repurpose a pretty scarf as decor. Use it as a table runner, cover a shelf or drape over a nightstand, dresser or side table. Add one to a window treatment, either as a drape or valance. Lay it over the back of a couch or armchair. Frame it.
4. Give a space a reason
Whether it’s a corner or an entire room, virtually every home has an area that seems to have no purpose. Give it one! There’s no need to go all out home makeover on the space; simply bring in something that’s cramped or hidden elsewhere. Maybe you can make that corner your official knitting nook, turn that pointless closet into your workspace or make that empty wall a place to organize the notes for that novel you’re working on. It can be as simple as adding a plant or moving in a chair!
It’s oft-repeated advice, but it’s so true — simply rearranging the furniture or accessories can make a room feel good as new. Take a minute to consider doing a little Ring Around the Rosie with your furniture, scooting stuff away from the walls or just moving all your accessories around to change up the routine.