Does your house still excite you as much as the day you bought it? When you spend time there, do you feel refreshed and excited, or just plain bored?
After a few years of ordinary living, it might be time to give your house a facelift. We’re not talking about a full makeover that will set you back thousands of dollars. These tips are simple, yet effective when it comes to freshening up the space where you spend so many hours of your life.
Let’s dive in.
1. Brighten Up Your Wall Colors
Natural light is essential if you want to feel calm and refreshed in your own home. If there are certain parts of your house that seem a little dark, it might be that the wall paint isn’t reflecting light enough.
Additionally, rooms with fewer windows require paint colors that are bright and add a bit of light to the space. Hallways, bathrooms, and closed-in spaces all require a little extra thought when it comes to paint jobs if you want to give your home an invigorating feel.
If you’re looking for some colors that are known for brightening things up, consider:
• Lavender matched with white and gray accents
• Yellow for bedrooms or bathrooms
• Light, soft gray for calm spaces
• Bright white for areas you want to open up
2. Do Away with the Clutter
Clutter doesn’t just make your home feel depressing and old - it affects your brain.
According to psychologist Sherri Bourg Carter in Psychology Today, clutter bombards your brain with excessive stimuli. This causes your brain to process too much at once, leading to fatigue and stress.
In order for your home to feel like a place where you can recharge and enjoy yourself, you’ll need to clear out some of that junk. It doesn’t matter if you use Marie Kondo’s famous “spark joy” method or something different - just eliminate the clutter that’s keeping you from loving your home.
The top places to start clearing out today:
• Your messy entryway
• Kitchen counters
• Closets that are jam packed
• Your eyesore of a garage
• Disorganized workspaces and desks
• That one “junk” drawer
Remember: you don’t have to declutter your home all at once. Take the process step-by-step and you’ll find that it’s not as overwhelming as it seems.
3. Embrace More Hobbies and Fun at Home
A mistake many of us make is creating a practical environment in our home - without the fun. It’s hard to be thrilled with a house that doesn't invite guests or align with hobbies you find exciting.
Consider transforming one of your less-used spaces into a versatile recreation room. Look over a pool table buying guide to find just the right accent for the space or research foosball tables for when your friends come over. If you’re not into games, consider installing a home theater or something else that can entertain you and your guests.
The key is to welcome fun into your home with open arms. Yes, your home is for cooking, eating, sleeping, and general living, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have an exciting element of entertainment, too.
4. Don’t Shy Away from Personalization
Many homeowners spend so much time thinking about what will make their home look “good” that they forget to think about what will make their home theirs.
What makes you feel refreshed and excited?
If you’re an extrovert, maybe you want an environment that charges your senses with photos, decorations, and rich patterns. If you’re more introverted, maybe you want something a little more muted and comforting.
Look at spaces in your home where you could add a splash of personality. Choose accents that are meaningful, not just aesthetically pleasing.
Some simple, easy ways to bring a touch of personality into your home:
• Display accomplishments that bring you pride
• Add artwork that’s special, not just generic
• Put up some memorabilia from past experiences
To Sum It All Up
Your home should be a safe place where you enjoy spending time and recharging your batteries. If you’re no longer excited by what it holds - or even worse - if you feel anxious when you’re in your own home, then it’s certainly time to make some changes.
Riley Swanson is a lifestyle blogger, passionate about food, fashion, home improvement, and traveling. She is also an avid traveler and shares her traveling experiences in her blog Riley+Christian Travel. You can find her on LinkedIn.