As we all play our part in flattening the curve and keeping our communities safe, it’s easy to start to feel a little bit cooped up at home.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to refresh and revive your space when you’re getting tired of your walls, furniture, and decor. Looking for some inspiration? Here are ten simple, creative ways to make your home feel just like new in no time:
1.) Bring In a Fresh Scent
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful, and is closely tied to how we make memories. As a result, changing up the scent of a room can help you appreciate the space in a whole new way. Try making a misting spray out of your favorite essential oils; light a candle with a wonderful aroma; or bring in fresh scents with reed diffusers, fresh-cut flowers, or even a new cleaning product.
2.) Rearrange Your Furniture
Feeling tired of the “same-old-same-old?” Try rearranging your furniture. Making a tweak as simple as repositioning your sofa or changing the wall that your bed is on can make a dramatic difference in how your favorite rooms feel. In addition to rethinking the flow of a room, get creative, and consider swapping elements from around the house — bring that bedroom chair into the living room, or take that dining room tapestry into the upstairs hallway.
3.) Add Some New Color
If your rooms are starting to feel drab, consider adding a new pop of color. This simple design tweak can be a way to make your best-loved spaces feel totally fresh — and you don’t need to run out and buy a whole array of new decor to get started! Instead, think about adding color in subtle ways. You could reuse a can of paint you already have around the house to touch up a piece of furniture, or add a jolt to your trim or built-ins. Feeling creative? You can also craft colorful new pillowcases and blankets out of materials you already have at home, like old clothes, curtains, or tablecloths.
4.) Clean, Clean, Clean
While many of us have updated our cleaning routine in recent weeks, it’s still easy to overlook some common spots around the house. If you’re looking for a project, try tackling the “hard-to-reach” areas you might normally ignore, like the flooring underneath furniture pieces, or the tops of your ceiling fan blades. You might be surprised by how much a deep clean can totally transform a space! Looking for something you can tackle right now? Spot-cleaning can also make a dramatic difference — whether you clean the dust off the mantel; brighten up your windows; or get rid of the funky smell hanging out in your trashcan, fridge, and microwave.
5.) Bring In a Houseplant or Greenery
Spending time with nature is proven to help improve your mood and lower stress. Bringing a little bit of nature inside is a wonderful way to add a fresh pop of color and life to any space. If you don’t want to purchase a new houseplant, you can always try growing your own fresh herbs and flowers indoors. Or you could get crafty, and make floral arrangements, centerpieces, and accent pieces out of greenery, flowers, and branches sourced from your own backyard.
6.) Get Rid of Clutter
Want to strip a room back to basics? Embracing minimalism can be a powerful way to make your home’s most-used spaces feel lighter, cleaner, and more relaxing. To help, try gathering your household together for a serious decluttering session. Work room by room or category by category, sorting items into piles, such as “keep,” “donate,” or “throw away.”
7.) Style Your Shelves and Bookcases
Have an empty surface that’s just crying out for attention? Rearranging your mantels, vanities, and bookshelves can be a great way to get more life out of a well-worn space in your home. Try swapping out decor pieces from room to room; organize your books by color or size; add functional new storage and organizing features; or simply think about how you can create a powerful vignette or display on your favorite shelf.
8.) Hang Some (Homemade) Artwork
Looking to bring new dimensions to a familiar room? Try adding a new piece of art to the space. Hanging artwork on the wall can make a room feel fresh and dynamic. Best of all, you can find or create incredible pieces of decor from what you have on hand. Hang up artwork made by your kids, or work as a family to craft some new wall art. Paint a mural, weave a quilt, or dig through the basement for vintage pieces you can fashion into something that feels totally new.
9.) Rethink Your Lighting
When you’re feeling tired of your home, try seeing each room in a new light — literally. If you usually flip on the overhead light, consider bringing in a lamp. Burn candles for soft lighting in the evening, or bring in mirrors and glass surfaces to help maximize the amount of natural light that comes in from your windows.
10.) Look for Inspiration
There’s no shortage of wonderful ways to refresh the look and feel of your home. If you’re looking for a project, spend some time browsing social media or your favorite design blogs for ideas. You can try to recreate a scene set up by your favorite interior designer, or look for hacks and tips that can help you build new looks on a budget. Get creative, and see what amazing concepts you can put into action!
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Have you taken any steps to refresh and reinvigorate your home? What tips and tricks would you share with all the other design fans from across Chicagoland? We’d love to hear your ideas!
With all the uncertainty right now, we want you to know that we are here for you, no matter what. We understand that you still have important real estate decisions to make, and our mission is to make achieving those goals easier. We will continue to provide the most updated information and guide you through this extraordinary time with a calm and steady hand — because we’re by your side, no matter what.