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How You Can Freshen Up the Look of Your Home

Spring home decor for the living room

Your living arrangements can grow stale over years but knowing how you can freshen up the look of your home can lead to inexpensive yet significant changes.

It’s natural to fall out of love with your home’s décor after years of looking at the same design. Variety is the spice of life and sticking with one look for too long can make everything feel stale. But a lot of people believe that livening up your house means expensive remodeling, brand-new furniture, or a complete overhaul of the look.

Often, all it takes is a few small changes to reinvent your living space. Be aware of how you can freshen up the look of your home and breathe new life into it, whether that’s investing in new decorations or utilizing what you already have. 

Update Your Light Fixtures

Modern light fixture
Modern light fixture

The first step you need to take is to observe what type of lights you have around the house. In many houses, homeowners still use older light bulb designs like incandescent bulbs or fluorescent. While these lights do serve their purpose, they provide an outdated look by coloring your room with a dull, orangish glow.

Switching these out with LED lights can provide you with a modern, white light with clean illumination. It can be the difference of having your home look like it’s from the nineties with incandescents or from the 2020s with LEDs. 

Look Into Aquariums

For a more creative decoration design, you can install an aquarium into your home and fill it with all sorts of fish and flora for an intricate and colorful look.

The calming blue of the water with the colors of the moving fish inside creates a visually interesting addition to the home, something that people can admire and gather around. The added life the swimming fish bring can provide constant movement and energy into whatever room you decide to place it in.

Cull Your Décor

Home comfort, living room with sofa and home decor
Home comfort, living room with sofa and home decor

Besides adding new things into your home, you can decrease the number of decorations you have to give your home a more minimalist style. Often, clutter builds up all over the home without anyone realizing it; the process is so slow and occurs over a long stretch of time.

You need to take stock of what you already have and decide what should stay, what goes in storage, and what you can toss out. Eliminating current décor can offer you more space to decorate for the years to come, completely changing your home’s look now and in the future. Sometimes, less is more, and the greater the amount of clutter, the more cramped it can make your home look. 

The Simplest Way Is Often Best

Knowing how you can liven up the look of your home doesn’t require expensive new décor or any costly additions. It can be as simple as rearranging your furniture, switching out lights, or just doing some spring cleaning.

Know what you can do with what you already have and always look for opportunities to clean up clutter or to give yourself a creative outlet to explore new design choices. Your home can be a handful of small changes away from getting the new look you’ve been craving.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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