4 Tips to Make Your Home Look Fresh

Do you feel like your home has lost some of its luster? Follow these four suggestions to make your home look fresh and attractive again.

Photo example of throw pillows adding color to a space
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Use Throw Pillows to Add Color

If you had all the money in the world, you could update your furniture whenever you wanted to add a little life to your living room. Since that’s probably not going to happen, you can update the room by adding throw pillows to your existing furniture.

Some of them can simply add a splash of color. Others offer complex designs that will add a whole, new dimension to your home.

Give Your Mailbox Some Holiday Cheer

No matter what time of year it is, you can make your home look fun and welcoming by decorating your mailbox. It’s a pretty simple project that should take no more than an hour or two. Mailboxes don’t require many materials when turning them into a festive ornament for your house.

Depending on the season, you may want to decorate your mailbox by:

  • Using wire to tie hay stalks to the stand for Halloween
  • Attaching a small wreath around the mailbox for Christmas
  • Painting it red, white, and blue to celebrate Independence Day

Of course, you will need a sturdy mailbox that you can continue decorating for years.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you are willing to spend a little extra time on your home improvement project, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls. Even if you use the same color that’s already on your walls, a new coat can breathe life into a room. After all, paint can get dingy over time just like anything else.

While painting takes a few hours, it is an easy project that you can do by yourself. Follow these basic steps to get the best results:

  1. Clear out any furniture that can get in the way
  2. Lightly sand the wall’s surface
  3. Protect edges with painter’s tape
  4. Use the appropriate brush or roller to paint the wall

You will also want to make sure that you have plenty of time for the walls to dry. Don’t choose to undertake this project during a busy weekend when people are coming in and out of the house.

Install Landscape Lights

You probably already have some great natural, outdoor features like trees, shrubs, and flowers. You see them so often, though, that eventually, they don’t look special anymore. You can often fix that by installing a few landscape lights.

Use the lights to emphasize the aspects of your yard that you like most. Perhaps you have a dogwood tree that turns beautiful colors in the spring or a flower bed that provides color throughout spring and summer.

Strategically placing your landscape lights around these plants can make your yard more attractive without forcing you to do a great deal of work.

Make Your Home Look Fresh

You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to make your home look fresh. You can finish most of these projects in an afternoon without spending more than $100.