Ah, home. It’s comfortable and familiar – maybe too familiar. It’s easy for your home to become stagnant and seem boring after years of the same old, same old. Summer is the perfect time to bring new energy and brightness into your home. The best part? It doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time.
Rework the Floor Plan
It costs nothing, takes just a bit of elbow grease and can completely change the way you see your space. Moving your furniture might even spark a brilliant idea, (maybe the living room and dining room could be swapped altogether?) and it doesn’t take long. Push the sofa against a different wall, swap chairs and side tables between rooms and get rid of any clutter at the same time.
Add a Splash of Color in Front
Bringing new color to the front of your home is great for curb appeal (very important if you’re thinking of selling), and it makes your place look fresh and welcoming. Paint a neutral door or shutters with a cheery shade of blue or red, or add big colorful planters next to the front door. Adding window boxes with colorful blooms to the ground-floor windows is another easy way to brighten up.
Throw New Pillows Everywhere
Swapping out several old pillows for new upgrades is an easy way to change the feel of your decor. Add bright, patterned throw pillows to neutral couches and chairs. Prefer to stick to a modern, neutral color palette? Pick up pillows in metallic shades, or look for options that use rich textured fabric. Don’t forget outdoor furniture. Dropping a cheerfully-colored pillow on a plain navy lounge cushion gives a ho-hum outdoor seating area a new pop.
Appeal to All Senses
All your senses are engaged when you walk into a new room, so why should you only focus on sight? Give your home new energy by introducing new smells and sounds. Set out fragrance diffusers or candles (use flameless versions around kids and pets) in each room. Citrus scents are perfect for the kitchen. Try floral or woodsy scents in living spaces and stick to soothing lavender in the bedroom. Set up speakers to play quiet classical music – or another genre you find comforting – in the living room or kitchen.
Making these small changes can make any house feel like home, which is especially important if you’re thinking about moving. Create a bright, welcoming and homey environment to entice any prospective buyer. And when you’re ready to make your own move, call Delicate Moving for help!