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Eight Easy Ways To Spruce Up Your Home


If you’ve been spending a lot of time indoors lately, you may want to try sprucing it up.  Luckily, achieving an HGTV level of style in your home is easy. Whether you are ready for a revamp, or looking to sell, these eight easy ways to spruce up your home will breathe new life into a space. 

A Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint can instantly transform a space. If you want to remodel your kitchen, but don’t have the budget for it, try painting your cabinets. The new color will make your kitchen look brand new. Adding an accent wall in your living room or bedrooms will create an extra element of design, and bring the space to life. Other things to paint include doors, window frames, and trim. Trust us, paint is a cure-all. 

Bring the Outdoors In

Have you ever had an indoor plant? They are wonderful for livening a room. Snake plants are practically impossible to kill, and they look great as a centerpiece on a coffee table or side table. A vase filled with fresh flowers adds a natural floral scent to your home. They also brighten a room with color. An indoor tree is a great idea for a free corner that feels underutilized. You can find more good indoor plants and how to take care of them here

Rearrange Your Furniture

Rearranging your living room furniture creates a whole new living space. Try moving the furniture so that the space is open, and you will discover how big a room really is. Move the furniture so that all of your windows are visible. This way, you will let in the most light. Try to create the best seat in the house by moving around any lamps and end tables close to your favorite seat. If you’ve never rearranged your living room before, you are in for a delightful surprise. 

Declutter and Organize

That’s right. It’s time to Marie Kondo your home. As Marie says, “if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it.” Try going through all of your closets, your attic, and that one drawer that notoriously ends up catching all of your random odds and ends.  You’ll be surprised at the things that you didn’t even remember you have. Once you are finished decluttering, try organizing things like your closets and your pantry. Try storing dried goods from your pantry in clear jars. You can use old pickle and sauce jars for things like beans, rice, sugar, flour, and any other dried ingredients. 

Buy New Fabrics

It’s hard to resist a new throw, isn’t it? Next time you find yourself wandering through the home goods section of Target go ahead and buy yourself a new blanket and pillows for your couch. To lighten up a room go for bright and light colors. Try playing with fun textures like velvet and fur when picking up a new blanket or throw. New, light-textured curtains will let more light into a room, and add a simple yet elegant style. Fabrics can really make a statement in a room. To really pull a room together, try picking a theme and color pallet before buying your new fabrics.

Add a Mirror To Small Spaces

If you have a cramped room, try adding a mirror to it. Mirrors will reflect the space you put them in, making it feel larger. They can also brighten a room by reflecting light. Consider the theme you are going for in a room, and choose a mirror based on that. Decorative mirrors come in all sorts of styles, from vintage to modern, so you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect one for your home.

Upgrade Your Hardware

Trade-in your old knobs and handles for new ones. Replacing kitchen and bathroom hardware can create a whole new look, plus it will give you an opportunity to pick out a new finish that matches your theme. Try brass knobs for a farmhouse theme, or stainless steel handles for an industrial-style kitchen. The new hardware will look great against that fresh coat of paint on your cabinets.

Add New Lighting

Last but not least, because lighting is everything. Light can open up a home as much as rearranging the furniture. Try purchasing a new lamp with a stylish shade. Replace old blinds with new ones that are easy to lift, allowing more light to filter through. Change all of your old lightbulbs. You’d be surprised how much brighter new bulbs are compared to your old ones

By Katie Robison, blog contributor for Garden City Realty

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