Because so many are at home and are not working it’s a good time to get creative so I am sharing TEN free ways to refresh your home. I really enjoyed writing this since it made me realize these little adjustments and changes were just what I needed. We are now entering our seventh week of social distancing and staying home and looking at the same surroundings for 40 days I starting to feel a bit tired of the room and was craving a little refresh. In case you are feeling the same way I’m sharing some ideas that will bring a fresh look to your home and they are all quite simple to do!
Outside of a pandemic, sometimes I get tired of things looking the same way and I get the urge to switch things up. Not necessarily big changes but just little tweaks to change the view, making some changes around here while not spending money. I really enjoy larger projects, like a bathroom refresh or purchasing new furniture and other items for our home but it is also very satisfying to make subtle changes that cost absolutely nothing.
1. Rearrange Your Furniture – This brings back memories to when I was younger and I would move my bedroom around 100 times. Changing the layout of a room can completely transform a room, and who knows, you might enjoy the new set up better. Rearranging any room is a great way to refresh any space without spending a dime.
2. Shop Your Home – It’s as easy as it sounds: shop your home to change up your decor for free. You could move around larger pieces like furniture or rugs or smaller accessories and finishing touches. Rearranging your basics is especially great because it costs nothing and you avoid spending on items you might not need. You might come up with new appreciation for what you already have while creating new combinations of colours, patterns and textures. This prevents waste AND helps you to appreciate what you already own.
3. Restyle Your Shelves – I’m a creature of habit, and when I have things in my home *just so* I tend to leave things as is. From time to time, I do enjoy restyling my shelves to change the look or add seasonal touches. The open shelving or bookcases make it easy to rotate a collection of decor and an easy way of updating a room. In an upcoming blog post I will share on how I create the perfect “shelfie”.
4. Paint Something – Have any old paint kicking around? Paint something you might be tired of, like a coffee table, old dresser, a rug, or other knickknacks. I have a decent collection of spray paint from various other projects so I added a coat of spray paint on a few things to change the look of them. ALSO check out this large white vase! It used to be RED. I used old white paint I had on hand from another project and I added baking powder to give it a nice textured look. It turned out even better than I expected – I’m sure you will see me painting several other things using this technique.
5. Force Bloom – Trim branches off a flowering tree and submerge them into water, forcing them to bloom early. If you don’t have a flowering tree near you, grab some wild flowers or leaves or sticks and put them in a vase for a natural touch that looks rustic chic. I absolutely LOVE the force bloom, I tried it for the first time this year after seeing a friend The Wild Decoelis do it last Spring. I have FOUR vases in my house and I enjoy watch the buds come into bloom each day.
6. Create Artwork – Even when my kids have their paint out I can’t help but find myself doodling and painting. I always save the paper that comes inside a picture frame, it’s large and glossy and makes a nice material and size to paint on. Let the kids have fun and frame a piece of their art or paint something yourself. Add it to a frame and voila, a unique piece of art!
7. Propagate Your Plants – Certain types of plants are easy to propagate and it makes for a fun little project. Simply take stem cuttings and placing them into water so they develop roots. You can easily multiply your plant babies. My favourite to propagate are succulents and pathos.
8. Purge + Declutter Sometimes removing items you no longer need or love gives a more minimal, clean look. It is so satisfying decluttering old crap you no longer need. Your home will feel cleaner, and maybe even lager.
9. Make Your Bed – When your bed is made it looks more styled and put together, plus it helps encourage you to keep the rest of your room tidy. You can even try adding layering blankets or swapping out throw pillows to change up the look.
10. Create a Hat Wall – Hats are such a great accessory that completes an outfit but when it comes to storing them it can sometimes be a pain. Instead of piling them up (causing them to lose shape) why not create a hat wall or DIY hat rack that doubles as decor and keeps your hats organized.
You don’t need to spend a small fortune to jazz up your space. All of these ideas are totally do-able, and have the potential to make a big impact in any room. Since it looks like we will be home for the foreseeable future, it’s important to make it a happy place to be.
I hope this post was helpful to show you that your home is what you make it. Use these ideas and do your best to love the home you have.
If you have any favourite free redesigning ideas, let me know in the comments
Shop my home: Living Room Top Rug, Living Room Braided Rug, Throw Blanket, Living Room Light Fixture, wooden side table, Dining Room Set – Mobilia Canada, Shop my bedroom in my Master Bedroom Tour post.