Moving into a new house can be stressful, but like any new project is also super exciting and filled with anticipation for what’s to come. After a few years in your lovingly finished home however, things can start to get a little tired, but the thought of doing it all again is exhausting! That’s why I have put together this guide on how to breathe new life into your home, without breaking the bank, or your spirit.
Clear out your belongings
First stop is having an in-depth clear out; five years is long enough to amass a serious amount of clutter, especially if you have little ones. If you struggle to throw things out, I recommend using Marie Kondo’s decluttering method. As a previously borderline hoarder, her approach totally changed my life! Read the Editor of One King’s Lane interior design website’s experience with the KonMari system for more information on how you can learn to cherish only the things that spark joy in your life and get rid of everything else.
Get better at storage
As my grandma always says, there should be ‘a home for everything and everything in its home’ and this is the next step on your interior update journey. Got a pile of toys looking unseemly next to your sofa? Find a toy chest on your local Facebook selling group or check out vintage stores for boxes that you can upcycle. Shelves a mess? Hide ugly items in pretty jars and highlight beautiful pieces for an attractive display. Check out these super handy storage hacks for more ideas if you need inspiration on how to disguise those tricky house hold items.
Touch up your paint job
Scuffs from chairs, coffee spills and hand prints are just a few of the ways that your beautifully painted walls start looking worn. However, you don’t have to repaint your whole house to get that newly decorated feel. Simply focus on the high traffic areas, such as your hallways, walls with furniture that is moved often e.g. dining rooms with tight spaces for chairs and walls with light switches. Don’t forget your home’s exterior either, we recently updated our porch with gorgeous stable-style composite doors and they’ve given our house a real face lift!
Let the sun shine through
Increasing the amount of light in your home is single biggest change you can make to how fresh your interior feels. The quickest way to do this is by buying large mirrors and placing them opposite your windows, this will instantly boost your house illumination levels by reflecting sunshine around your home. Add more lamps and change lampshades to make your home cosier in the evenings too.
Introduce some greenery
If you are a green-fingered, the plants that you bought when you first decorated will still be green and healthy. If you’re anything like me however, your foliage probably looks like it’s on its very last legs. So, it’s time to give up on the dream of reviving your browning ferns and start adding to your indoor garden again. Mix up leaf shape and stem height for an instant revival of the energy in your home.
A less cluttered, more ordered and freshly painted home will go a long way toward making your dwelling feel brand new again. Add in extra light and greenery and you’ll be feeling house proud in no time. Don’t forget to let me know if you have any other interior refresh suggestions in the comments!