5 Practical ideas to refresh your nest

There’s nothing better than some light home improvement to freshen up your living space. Remodeling and renovating things could set you back thousands of dollars, so what else is on the menu? There are some great practical ways you can make small changes with a huge impact. It’s all about having the right know-how. Here are some examples you can use to freshen things up.

1. A fresh paint job

No matter how well you designed it, sometimes your home is just going to bore you. There’s something about spending so much time in the exact same place that makes people want to switch things up a little. That random piece of furniture is going to start looking dull whether you like it or not. All things considered, there’s nothing wrong with sprucing the place up a bit. What better way to do this than grabbing the old paintbrush? Maybe your dining table or dresses is looking kind of monotonous, this can be the canvas that you express yourself on. Minimalism might be in right now, but you can be an outlier.

Complementary colors are your friends when it comes to this kind of job. Try to match your walls, or better yet, make the walls match your furniture! Half the battle when making your interior interesting is the colors you choose and how well you apply them. Don’t go too wild, however, it could lead to some tacky combinations.

2. Illumination is everything

You might think of lights as just a way not to bump into things in the night, but they do more for aesthetics than most people realize. Perhaps you never paid attention to your light fixtures, but now is the perfect time to start. A well-placed fixture can really hold a room together. It’s important to get a fixture that matches the style of your home. If you opt for something more contemporary, getting yourself a fancy chandelier won’t do the trick. Integrated warm lights on the ceiling might be better suited.

Candles are another great way to spice up your house. There’s something about the gentle flickering of tiny flames that gets people in a calm and relaxed mood. You can put candle holders on just about any flat surface, and they will look grand on dinner tables. Get yourself some scented candles to give your home even more personality. Obviously, don’t have them burn twenty-four-seven, but consider lighting a couple of them when you have guests over. Burning candles excessively can lead to a build-up of soot in your walls.

3. Trim the edges

If you feel your house is lacking something, the obvious way to remedy this is to add something new and fresh, right? This isn’t always the case. Sometimes what your house is really yearning for is some space. It might be time to get rid of the old so you can have room for the new. Nobody likes having clutter in their home, it’s even considered a specific taboo in Feng Shui room design.

Once you clear your living room from any excess things, it will feel much bigger. Spaciness is all the rage nowadays. Rooms aren’t the only place you can apply this line of thinking. If you have a jam-packed closet, you’re not using it to its full potential. It’s nice having a full pantry, but If it’s overflowing you might want to cut out some unnecessary stuff. Put on some music you like, grab a trash bag, and get to work on decluttering your home. You’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders afterward.

4. A grand entrance

As they say, first impressions are everything. This rings true just as much when it comes to your home. When people enter your home, the first place they’re going to look is going to shape their opinion of the rest, whether they like it or not. What better way to show off your home’s style than getting yourself a brand-new door? After all, doors are literally the first thing people see when they come over. Keep surrounding architecture in mind when picking out the right door for your entrance. It shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb if it’s an apartment, either.

With one foot in the door, what else is going to catch the attention of you and your guests? Obviously, it’s going to be the doormat. Size and color are the first things you should look out for. Go for something daring and brash but make it match the surrounding room. Absorbency is another attribute to consider, as people are going to be walking out of snow and rain right into your home. Picking out the right kind of mat isn’t an easy decision all things considered. If you aren’t sure what constitutes a proper mat, check out places like Mat Shop and see where that takes you.

5. Give yourself a limit

Renovating is sometimes too exciting for your own good. You might be tempted to overdo the job. It’s good to know your limits when it comes to adding things to your home. You don’t have to revamp every single square inch. Instead, start with the things you interact with on a daily basis. Things like your door and bedroom are great examples to start from. The kitchen should be given attention, but not too much. Instead of renovating the whole thing, try buying new appliances first.

It’s better to start with the low-cost things. Before you build that wall, try installing a new floor in a heavily-trafficked area. If you start humble, you’re going to get a better idea of the big picture once the little things are done.


Making a lively living space is all about strategy. Think three steps ahead instead of one big step at a time. Think of ways you can improve on an already existing concept in your home. Follow some of these pointers and you’re going to be off to a good start.

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