10 Ways to Freshen Up the Home



We all know how it goes. We get our home exactly as we want it to look, and then we settle into the business of living, and before too long, our home just isn’t as comfortable or fresh as it once was. The good news is that making your home look and feel new doesn’t have to be an arduous task; if you’re motivated enough, you can take care of it in the matter of a weekend. Below, we take a look at ten ways you can freshen up the look, and in the process make your home more livable and enjoyable to be in.






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Mix Up the Furniture




If you ever buy an expensive work of art, then they say you should move it around every six weeks or so. Otherwise, you’ll get so used to the piece that you won’t “see” it; you’ll just walk right past it. The same, to a lesser extent, can be said of your furniture. It’s been in position for so long that you likely just walk into your room on autopilot; it’s uninspiring. So why not change things around a bit? By changing the position of your furniture, you’ll be breathing some life into your room. That boring old living room might just become your favourite room in the house.




Add More Natural Lighting




If you were to think about freshness, the first thing that would pop into your mind would be a pleasant spring day. The sun is shining, there’s a light breeze in the air, and and the smell is oh so divine. While it can be difficult to replicate that sensation precisely in your home, you can take a step in the right direction by amplifying the amount of natural lighting you bring in to your home. If you have big windows, then make sure there’s nothing obstructing the flow of sunlight. It’s also possible to add a large window to a wall that’s currently without, so take a look to see if it’s an option.




Get Rid Of Old Items




It’s easy for a home to become cluttered, especially if you’ve been living there for a few years. After all, it’s rare that a person throws away old belongings. We’re hoarders by nature, or at least it seems that way! So why not have a clearout? If you haven’t used an item in a few months, it might be time to donate it to a charity shop. You’ll get rid of more items than you might think, in the process making your home a more spacious place to be. These old items can also include old pillows and throws, though you’ll want to replace them.




A Lick of Paint




If we didn’t know any better, we would suggest that paint has some magical properties! By painting your interior or exterior walls, you can dramatically change the feel of your house. With just a few hours work, a room can go from “dated and dingy” to “modern and fresh”; what else is capable of such a transformation in such a small space of time? If you don’t want to tackle the job yourself, you can hire a company like Brisbane House Painters to do it for you. When you walk into your freshly painted home, it’ll feel just like it did when it was brand new. Now that’s fresh!




Add a Work of Art




And the paint doesn’t have to be limited just to the walls in a direct way. It can also hang on the wall, too, in the form of art! A work of art creates a focal point for your home. There is a skill to buying pieces of art, so don’t rush into buying anything. Wherever possible, avoid those mass produced pieces; it’s much better to have an original, even if it’s not from an artist as well known as Picasso. Whatever you go for, make sure it’s something that catches the eye and brings the room to life.




Give it a Deep Clean




Now, we’re sure that you’re taking the time to tidy up as you go. But a light dust here and quick vacuum there, while useful, is not going to significantly boost your home’s freshness levels. For that, you’ll have to go deep. Every month or so, commit to spending a few hours really giving your home a deep clean. That means pulling all of the furniture out and getting rid of all the dirt and grime that will surely have built up over the month. If you’re really adverse to getting on your hands and knees to get the job, consider hiring a cleaner. They’re affordable, professional, and will leave your home looking spotless.




Add a Few More Plants




It is surprising that more people don’t make the most of indoor plants. They require little maintenance and bring bags full of benefits, including improved air-quality and mental health. And, it’s hard to deny that they’re pretty beautiful! There was a New York woman who replaced her flatmate with hundreds of plants, and, OK, you don’t need to do that, but take a look at your home and see where you can add a few (but really: the more, the better!). You’ll have that eternal spring thing going on, which is sure to make your home feel fresher.






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More Colour




If your home is currently filled with dark tones, then bring the colour! By adding splashes of colour around your home, you’ll be making it more visually appealing and inspiring to be in.




A Relaxing Space




A home that’s orderly, well-tidied, and clean will feel fresh, but to really enjoy the space, you’ll want to create a relaxing space. This can be simple as adding a few more pillows and throws to your living space, or as complex (well, more complicated than an extra pillow) as creating a cosy reading corner. With that installed, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your property, which will at this stage feel like a brand new home!