If you feel your home needs a little refreshing but you don’t want to break the bank in doing so, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to spruce it up.

InsideOut shares a few ideas that you can do yourself:

Statement wall

Painting or wallpapering just one wall can transform a room instantly and the trick is to choose a bold hue of paint or a whimsical-patterned wallpaper.

With the latest advances in wallpaper (including the peel and stick variety), DIY has never been so easy. If tackling a wall makes you nervous, test out your skills on a smaller space first, such as a bathroom, interior door, or even a small dresser.

Painting your trim in a contrasting dark colour can also add a pop to any room.

Essential oil diffuser

When you think of an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser, a spa or yoga studio may come to mind, but placing one in your home – especially in a high-traffic living space – is the easiest way to breathe new life into it.

Any room can smell divine for hours by just adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a diffuser.

From calming lavender to invigorating eucalyptus, you can choose from hundreds of essential oils; the all-natural ingredients are also better for your nose and environment than most plug-in air fresheners.

With so many beautifully designed and compact diffusers on the market in an array of subtle colours, natural textures and organic shapes, whichever one you settle on will blend seamlessly with your existing home décor.

Rearrange furniture

Whether it’s your living room, bedroom or dining room, moving your furniture around is the easiest way to refresh any space, and the bonus is that you don’t have to spend a dime.

For inspiration, comb through interior design sites and publications to see how the experts do it.

You’ll find many tips on how to maximise space, create symmetry, and discover unique and aesthetically pleasing configurations for your existing home décor.

Purge, purge, purge!

Since you’ll be re-arranging the furniture anyway, why not go ahead and remove the ‘junk’ while you’re at it?

There’s something very cathartic when you declutter a room and purge the items you no longer need or use.

Clearing out extra space will also make the room feel larger and airier.

Once you’re on a roll, try moving to the hidden spaces of your house, like messy drawers, pantries and over-packed closets.

As the saying goes, “declutter your space, declutter your mind.” Even if nobody else sees those nooks and crannies, it will still feel satisfying to you.

Originally published in InsideOut magazine, Issue 37, Spring Summer 2020.


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