Have you complacent about your home? After living in a house for a few years, it’s easy to become sort of bored or indifferent to your living spaces. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to rediscover the love you once had for your home. Finding inspiration is the place to start. Check out  real estate websites and find homes that you love. What are the specific things that drew you in? Can those design ideas be worked into your current home?

Create a board in Pinterest to keep give ideas a central location.

Start with one project

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when tackling multiple home design projects. It’s best to start with just one project. It can be as small as changing the paint color in a room. Using that as a spring board next choose coordinating accessories. Rugs, window coverings, and pillows can add a big wow factor to the room.

This is also a great time to tighten up any problems in the room. If there are any home repair projects that you’ve been putting off, now is the time to tackle them. Create a plan and start checking off one thing at a time. Keep your focus on this one project. It’s easy to get sidetracked with other small things in other rooms. If you don’t maintain your focus, you’ll wind up with unfinished projects all over the house and you’ll experience frustration.

Declutter and organize

Organizing and decluttering your house may seem like the least sexy way to refresh your home, but it’s really not. Clutter can make the most beautiful home seem unappealing. Having pretty décor around your house gives a warm and cozy feeling; but having a ton of junk, newspapers, and magazines, not so much. You want your home to feel lived in and loved, but not cramped and messy. The book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. is a great resource.

Start by decluttering your house. Begin one room at a time and take an inventory of everything that you see. Decide what is essential. Do you really need that Time Magazine from February 2017? Probably not. Grab some bins and separate them by what you should keep, what you can give away or donate, and what is trash. If there are small things you want to keep, consider placing the items in totes that have lids. Store them in those totes and then take them up to the attic. That way they’ll be there if you need them, but are out of site when you don’t.

The less clutter around a room, the clean the room will be. If you’ve already got a crowded place, even one or two additional items like pairs of shoes, or food wrappers will quickly make things look a mess. Do yourself a favor and clear the clutter.

Lighting can change the mood

Lighting is an overlooked décor concept. Unless you’re thinking about the lighting in your office or bathroom, the lighting in our living areas is more for ambience than utility. Instead of a bright overhead light being on all the time, think about adding smaller, pretty, or quirky lamps around the room. Lamps come in every size and shape these days and can really add to the décor of your room.

Maybe have a larger light next to your sofa; one that gives ample light to see the keyboard of you laptop while you’re watching television. Maybe place a smaller lamp on the little table that’s next to an armchair. Stained glass lamps always add a gorgeous play of light on the wall and ceiling and give a warm glow.

If you have a room with lots of windows; let that natural light in. Natural light not only serves as a way to illuminate the room, it’s actually good for you. Your mood will improve in a room with natural light. Light is often used as therapy, so let the sun shine in whenever possible.

Changing your décor is an easy way to give the feeling of a home remodel that won’t break your bank. Cleaning and freshening things up are ways to accomplish home improvement without remodeling as well.

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