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Zero-cost ways to make your home feel fresh

  • Chances are that you have a lounge chair, accent table and task lamp somewhere in your home, though not necessarily styled together. Gather them and assemble a comfortable reading nook. TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE



Domaine
Friday, December 08, 2017

There comes a time in the life of every busy person when a decor refresh becomes not only necessary but also imminent. That doesn’t necessarily involve a full-blown remodel or decor overhaul, but just like any good spring-cleaning session, you sometimes need to roll up your sleeves to make your home feel new again. Are you hosting the holiday parties this year? Do you have guests staying over for a few days? Don’t let your home show that you’ve been working 10-hour days every week and that your decor has suffered accordingly.

Because we’re all short on time and money before the year’s end, we know our wallets don’t always follow our hearts’ desires. This is why we came up with some fresh home hacks to update your decor without spending a dime or jeopardizing an entire weekend. Keep reading for our favorite home hacks to make your home feel new again — for free.

Rethink your layout

With a pen, paper and a little muscle, you can completely transform the flow of a room. Plan a completely new layout with your existing furniture: Move your sofa by the window, or move furniture away from the walls and closer together. Don’t hesitate to bring accent furniture from other rooms or swap artwork from room to room.

Flip your rug upside down

This only works with certain rugs, usually oriental ones, but here’s a quick designer tip: Flipping your rug upside down will expose the textural weave and more muted colors of its flip side. So if you’re growing a little tired of your rug, take a peek at what’s on the back and turn it around.

Decorate with greenery from outside

Get out in the backyard, go for a walk and find pretty branches to decorate with. Greenery adds life and sculptural elements. All you need is a standard florist’s vase and some fresh water.

Strip something back to its original texture

If you live in an older home, chances are some things have been painted over and refinished dozens of times. But do you know what lies beneath? Try stripping a door back to its original wood, or do the same with wooden beams or even vintage furniture. Do your research before tackling anything major, but remember a little patina can go a long way in making a home feel lived-in but fresh.

Hang your kids’ artwork

Do you keep your children’s drawings and paintings in boxes or binders? Why not frame them instead? Kids’ art is colorful and candid, and it makes for great artwork that you can easily swap around.

Create a reading nook

Chances are that you have a lounge chair, accent table and task lamp somewhere in your home, though not necessarily styled together. Gather them and assemble a comfortable reading nook. Add pillows and a throw to complete the look.

Hang or display vintage objects

Do you have old tennis rackets you don’t use or vintage china passed down from your grandmother? Display these pieces around your home or, even better, hang them to create instant art. Visit Grandma’s attic if you’re short on heirlooms and vintage treasures.