7 Easy Ways to Update Your Home for Spring

While your neighbors may be engaged in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, you may just be looking to simply freshen-up your space out of personal preference instead of need. Spring is the perfect time shake off the winter blues and make a few changes around the house.

What you may not realize is that there are many ways to make updates and changes to your home that do not require a major overhaul or a large price tag. The following are seven projects that won’t break the bank.

  1. Move around furniture. You may be able to change the look of a room without spending any money. Interior designers know how to arrange furniture for maximum appeal, but the average homeowner can do it, too. Find a focal point in the room and angle the furniture toward it. Don’t make the focal point the television, however. Try changing the placement of chairs and sofas and don’t be afraid to pull them away from walls.
Keep it light and bright for Spring. Where-to-Buy: Furniture and Accessories, Nelson’s Furniture, Howell NJ

2. Add lighting. Lighting at different levels in the room can create a vibrant impact. Many homeowners mistakenly put in a couple of table lamps and think that will be adequate. However, properly illuminating a room means varying the lighting to create different moods at different times. Plus, more light can make a room feel more welcoming.

Boca Chandelier by Hudson Valley Lighting Group. Where-to-Buy: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, Lakewood NJ

3. Add new pillows or window treatments. Changing a few aspects of a room can give it an entirely new look. If you want to add a splash of color but don’t know what to do, think about incorporating some new throw pillows or change the window treatments. An accessory here and there in a bright color also can incorporate a new hue without it being overwhelming. Try switching out heavy winter draperies for a lighter, summer linen.

4. Change knobs or small accents. Give a room a new look by focusing on the small details. Switch out cabinet knobs for something updated and modern. Take inventory of wall outlets and light switches and think about selecting new ones that coordinate with your home decor.

These modern Sarai pulls from Moen will give your cabinetry a whole new look. Where-to-Buy: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, Lakewood NJ

5. Use plants. Empty corners or spots you’re not certain how to fill may benefit from a plant. Plants are inexpensive ways to add instant color and visual appeal to a room. Plus, having live plants can help improve indoor air by filtering out contaminants. A home with plants also feels more cozy.

Use houseplants to fill empty spaces as they have instant appeal. Where-to-Buy: Brock Farms, Colts Neck and Freehold NJ

6. Hang new wall art. It may be time to look at your photos and artwork and make a few adjustments. Finding new prints to hang could instantly change a room’s ambience. And you needn’t spend a lot of money on professional photography, either. Grab your camera and take a few close-up shots of flowers or take in a landscape scenery. Many of today’s home printers can produce professional-quality prints in minutes.

7. Try a new coat of paint. After you’ve exhausted other avenues, choosing a new paint color may be the new look you desire. Painting is one of the least expensive yet most dramatic methods of changing a home’s interior. With dozens of hues to choose from, and new apps that enable you to take snapshots of things in nature or in your life and match them up to a paint color, you will have scores of opportunities to explore fresh new colors for your home.

Pleasant Pink 2094-60 by Benjamin Moore brings Spring inside.

When you get inspired to make improvements to your home but fear how much it may take out of your wallet, consider inexpensive tricks that can induce a big “wow” factor.