10 Easy Ways to Freshen Your Decor
Small changes can have a big impact—even if it’s switching some furniture around or displaying artwork in a different way. Decorating Editor Lindsey Ellis Beatty shares her tips that will have your home looking like new in a flash.
1. Get Creative with Framing
Create a collection of framed prints from photos you already have, or take a few snapshots of your kids, pets, or some flowers in your garden. Print them at home or order your prints online. Then have them framed or buy ready-made frames at your favorite crafts store.
Get creative—buy a random assortment of frames in different shapes and sizes, or all the same frames and mats for a polished look. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color with your matting.
2. Bring the Outdoors In
One of the easiest things you can do to freshen up your home is to add fresh flowers, branches, and even leaves from your own yard. It’s inexpensive and fun! Budding branches make for great decorative pieces. Or try spray-painting branches and assembling them in glass vases for high impact. You can also frame pressed flowers and leaves for an organic look.
4. Be Selective with Paint
Most decorators will say that a fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to make over your home, but painting an entire room can take time and seem a bit daunting. Try painting just the doors or even the molding for a quick update. Not only does this take less time and money, but it can also add a focal point to the room if you use an eye-catching color.
5. Swap Out Your Throw Pillows
For instant gratification, switch out your throw pillows. New shapes, sizes, and colors will automatically make your room look different and won’t break the bank like reupholstering your furniture can.
6. Rearrange Your Furnishings
A quick switch can dramatically alter the look and feel of a room by changing the flow and the focal point. You don’t have to move everything around, though. Try swapping a chair from the family room with one you have in the bedroom or even a mirror from one room with a piece of art from another. Small changes really can have a big impact.
7. Set Up an Entry Moment
The first and sometimes only part of your home guests see is the front entry. If you want to change the welcoming point of your home, start by adding new potted plants to your porch or buying nice house numbers. Don’t forget the interior. Adding a bench, hooks for coats, or even a basket for mail can make your home seem more inviting.
8. Update Your Furniture
This can include anything from switching out the knobs and pulls to repainting an old piece to make it seem brand new. To refinish furniture, start by lightly sanding the piece. For old pieces, sanding will make the surface smooth, and for newer ones, it will get rid of any gloss or finish that may prevent the paint from adhering. Instead of brushing on the paint, you can invest in a paint sprayer, available at most home-improvement stores. Painting this way will help you avoid brushstrokes and achieve a more even coat.
9. Display Your Collections
Don’t scatter your treasured pieces all around the house. Make them the focus of a room by displaying them together. Vases, frames, china, or silver make great collections. It creates more visual impact, plus it can be a great talking point when company arrives.
10. Add Seasonal Pieces
Something as simple as a seasonal centerpiece on your dining room table can change the look of your room. For spring, a fresh bouquet of flowers will brighten the space. In the fall, a boxwood-and-apple topiary will add the perfect touch.