8 Quick Ways to Add New Life to Your Living Spaces

By Erik J. Martin

Itching to reinvent your residence but don’t want to break the bank on home improvement projects? You don’t necessarily need to fork over serious cash to enliven your interiors. There are plenty of relatively quick and simple things you can do to breathe new life into stale rooms, outdated areas, and living spaces in need of a facelift.

     Especially since the start of the pandemic, we’ve all been spending more time at home, and I’m sure we are experiencing the boredom and isolation that can come from long periods dwelling in the same space. Refreshing and rearranging your living spaces can do a lot to break this oppressive mood. It’s also a great way to work in a thorough house cleaning while you’re at it, which can have real health benefits when it comes to alleviating dust and preventing allergy problems.

The benefits of a quick refresh can be plentiful.

Redoing your interiors can make you feel happier and give you a sense of accomplishment. Living with the same color walls, light fixtures, and styles gets boring and can quickly look outmoded.

Consider these low-cost/low-effort strategies to reinvigorate areas of your home:

1. Rearrange the furniture.

Unless you have some truly massive pieces that need a team to move, this is one of the easiest and most dramatic things you could do to make a space feel different and new. Different traffic patterns are going to lead to different views and angles on your home and help you see it in a whole new light.

 

2. Incorporate nature into your home’s design.

Whether you pick up a few plants, incorporate natural textured wallpaper or rugs, or simply display nature patterns in new decor, you are inviting in the energy of regeneration and renewal. The presence of such symbols, textures, and actual living things will continuously support you in maintaining this refreshed feeling.

3. Repaint as desired.

Paint is fairly inexpensive and easy for any DIYer to apply. A new hue on a given wall or in a particular room or area can make a huge difference. An accent wall painted in an interesting color is an inexpensive way to spruce things up. Also, painting the inside of a door is something people don’t usually consider, but it can bring spice to the room and be changed out as often as you wish without upsetting the general paint scheme of the entire house.

4. Swap out one or more lighting fixtures.

Changing the lighting can give a room an entirely different look and feel and upgrade the aesthetic quickly. Choose the finish carefully so that it harmonizes with your room’s existing elements, and install efficient LED bulbs with the right color temperature for the mood you are looking to set.

5. Change out your window treatments.

Maybe you just need to remove those heavy dated drapes to lighten up and allow more natural light in the space. Consider installing blinds, shades, or new panels in a fresh color and material like linen to instantly update the room.

6. Add a medium- or large-size mirror to the wall.

Mirrors make small rooms look larger and help to reflect light. If you have a dark room and want to make it appear brighter, this would be a great way to do it.

7. Mount your large TV to the wall and hide the cords.

Hanging your TV on the wall is a great way to save on living room space and make your home more modern. While you’re at it, purchase a cord concealer kit to hang below the TV, which can keep all those cables hidden behind it.

8. Replace your kitchen cabinetry hardware.

Remove those antiquated knobs, pulls, handles, and hinges and choose new designs in a snazzy different finish that matches with your existing kitchen elements.

Above all, avoid overspending. There are many things you could do to save money and still achieve a great outcome.