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Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Freshen Up Your Home

Your home is the place you get to relax, spend time with your loved ones, and follow your passions. There is no better way to make your home a tranquil place than by freshening it up and breathing new life into it, inside and out. Follow some of these simple tips and make the most out of your home.

Turn off the Air-Con and Open the Doors

Nothing will instantly freshen up the home like fresh air and light. Put down the air conditioner remote and throw open your windows and doors to embrace the natural environment around you. If you’re concerned about security, have your home fitted with special security doors and screens that won’t impede your view or let the insects in. Check out the range available from an expert company like Stylewise Security. Companies like this often sell great awnings and blinds that can accentuate your windows as well; click here to get some window dressing inspiration.

Lighten the Colours

If the paint inside is looking a little tired, it might be time to have your home repainted. Creams, light pastel colours, and very light ceilings will make the room appear larger and give the space a light, refreshed feeling. Combine this with open spaces – keep the furniture to the walls with a single item in the centre of the space – and you will breathe easily with the sense of space around you.

Know What to Get Rid Of

The rusting brass-framed portrait of your great-great-grandfather’s favourite country club may have sentimental value, but it’s not doing anything for your home’s refreshment mission. Know what interior design elements are keeping your home feeling old and find a safe spot out of the way for them. Opt for large, singular pieces of art that complement the surroundings. If you have pastel-coloured, untextured walls, opt for a large, bright and three-dimensional painting that will draw the eye.

Use Some Elbow Grease

Nothing freshens up a home like a good spring clean and nothing will make you feel better once it’s done. So roll up your sleeves, pop on your favourite music, and pull out the scrubbing brush. Once you’re finished, go pick some flowers from your garden and put them in the centre of your living room, then sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy your refreshed surroundings.

Take It Outside

A very on-trend and surprisingly refreshing option at the moment is to get outdoors, even when you’re indoors. Whether it’s a beautifully scented indoor herb garden or your very own blooming indoor shrub, bringing outdoor elements inside can help you feel invigorated and close to nature. Find some plants that won’t drop leaves indoors and need minimal fuss. If you’re not sure that your green thumb is up to the task, you can always just opt for fresh flowers – just don’t leave them too long as dying flowers won’t make your home feel fresh at all!

These are just a few ideas for freshening up your home, but the suggestions can be endless. What is the most effective thing you’ve done to keep your home feeling welcoming and new? Share your best tips below and let the home rejuvenation begin!

20 comments:

  1. Decluttering and doing a good deep cleaning makes me feel like my house is so refreshed and just pleasant to be in. I love the feeling of a clean house!

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  2. I have been decluttering by giving something away, or throwing something away, every day. In it's place I've been adding something new with maybe a new color and it's surprising on how fresh the look is turning out to be.

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  3. Great tips for cleaning up! I've been decluttering for about a month now, making more room in our home and getting rid of the things we don't need - it feels so good!

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  4. These are definitely some great tips!!! We have been Ina de clutter kick lately... Hubby just finished the garage today ;-)

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  5. I am so glad that it has become so warm here in Chicago. Opening up all the windows and getting some fresh air in (and the germs out) has been such a positive change for us this week.

    Amanda
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  6. True, knowing what to get rid off — and actually getting rid of them may be the single biggest thing to refresh one's home. :) I've been trying to de-clutter but it's going oh so slowly...

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  7. True, knowing what to get rid off — and actually getting rid of them may be the single biggest thing to refresh one's home. :) I've been trying to de-clutter but it's going oh so slowly...

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  8. We repainted most of our main floor last summer and it did so much to freshen up our home! I love to open the windows and let fresh air in. I am getting geared up for some deep cleaning tomorrow!!

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  9. We don't even have air conditioning, the only way to cool the house off is to open the doors and windows.

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  10. Great tips~ I love just opening up the windows and letting in fresh air!

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  11. Great tips. Cleaning in areas that are hidden also like moving the couches.

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  12. A deep cleaning and rearranging furniture are perfect ways to freshen up the home. I think winter's about over, so we will be spring cleaning soon.

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  13. Thanks for sharing wonderful tips, sounds great I've never used that brand but looks really nice.

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  14. These are amazing tips!! I have been decluttering like crazy this year and love how freeing it is.

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  15. I'm using this brand for more than years! It's awesome and it's refreshing your homes.

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  16. I am decluttering: giving away what I don't need anymore. I am opening windows EVERY DAY

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  17. Thanks for sharing great tips! I love to have all the doors and windows open as much as I can, it really makes a difference compared to air conditioning. And fresh flowers are perfect for freshening up the house too!

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  18. This is some great (and much needed) advice! Sometimes it is difficult to remember that some things need to go, no matter the sentimental value.

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  19. I really need to declutter, but I have that problem that you mentioned! I just HAVE to have my great great grandmother's favorite country club photo up in my living room. ;)

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  20. Thanks for the tips sis. It's spring cleaning time once again! :)

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