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Easy Updates to Rekindle Love for Your Home

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Soft finishes, well-styled and thoughtful accessories and baskets for de-cluttering are a few of the touches that rekindle your home love. Photo: Beaufort House sideboard from Hooker Furniture.

With the historic snowfalls and frigid winds in much of the country in recent weeks, chances are you may be getting a dose of “cabin fever.”  Staring at your four walls for extended periods can often give you the feeling that your home interiors are a bit tired and in need up a perk-me-up.

The good news is that just a few easy, inexpensive updates can make a tremendous difference and rekindle love for your home again. 


Simplifying and de-cluttering will freshen your home faster than any other step. Photo: traditionalhome.com.

1. Simplify.

The simple step of decluttering your home will make you feel so much better about it, and these Best De-Cluttering Tips from Traditional Home  include great ideas.  The piles on the kitchen counter, the excessive amount of sheets or towels in the linen closet, the shoes that your children don’t fit into any more can all be taken care of. Donate your unused items, organize your paperwork with an inbox and filing system and pick up the clutter!

2. Change things around


Give your room arrangements a re-mix to freshen up your home. Photo: bhg.com

Rearranging your furniture can go a long way. Switch your living room furniture with your dining room. Try the sofa from your living room in the family room. Put an upholstered chair and end table  in a corner of your bedroom. Let your kids rearrange their bedroom. Turn that guest bedroom into a  home office. Changing the way a room functions can alter the flow in your home.

3. Paint or do a decorative wall treatment.


Stencil your front entryway to create a focal point. Photo: Christina Katos.

A new coat of paint changes everything. Maybe it is time to get rid of the pink in your daughters’ bedroom. Add an accent wall in your kitchen. Stencil your front entryway to create an inviting focal point. Learn how I did my own wall stenciling project here.


I used a repeated quatrefoil design on an accent wall in my entryway. Photo: Christina Katos.

Paint can brighten a room and change the whole feel of the space.
4. Accessorize


Fresh accessories or window treatments with bursts of bright color can freshen a space. Photo: bhg.com.

Changing your accessories and accents around can make a big difference as well. Change the mirror from your front hallway to above the sofa. Add some new pillows. Switch some rugs around to add a new color scheme to a room (which you have just repainted). Sometimes something as simple as removing window treatments and letting the light in can do wonders for a space.


Something as substantial as new furniture or as small as a lamp can create a new focal point in your home. Photo: Beaufort House dining by Hooker Furniture.

  Adding a new item to any space can make the whole room feel brand new. Something as substantial as a dining table and chairs or as small as a lamp can create a new focal point, free up a piece for another room, add some light and even pull your room in another design direction.

6. When all else fails, buy flowers.


Fresh flowers bring life to your home. Photo: Traditional Home Magazine.

A gorgeous bouquet of flowers sitting on your mantle, front entryway table or your kitchen island can brighten up a room. Adding some nature to any space, especially in the dead of winter, can make you feel a whole lot happier too!

Whether you are working with the items you have or purchasing new ones, you can follow these simple steps to refresh the look and feel of your home. Be daring with your changes since you can always change it back. Never feel stuck in a rut when it comes to your home. Paint can be repainted, furniture can be moved back and accessories are just accessories. Little touches can go a long way towards loving your home again.

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