It’s a fact that’s worth repeating: Life isn’t perfect. When you move into a new house, sometimes you get stuck with kitchens and bathrooms that just aren’t your taste (though your wallet sure likes them). Or, you might wake up one day detesting that wallpaper you thought you’d cherish forever, or feeling uncomfortable on your decades-old couch. Fortunately, until time, budget, or energy allows for all the updates you want, there are ways to freshen up the status quo.
1. Move some of your favorite accessories and knick-knacks into a bare room.
Your other rooms won’t miss a few select pieces, and you’ll bring much-needed joy to the spot that really needs it.
2. Drape a throw wherever you could use a little coziness.
Place a super-soft one on the back of a stiff chair, or hang a colorful quilt to add personality to that blank wall that’s been taunting you since you moved in.
3. Hang family photos.
Nothing cheers up a room quite like all your favorite smiling faces.
4. Change out hand towels.
And your bathmat while you’re at it. This inexpensive upgrade (come on, you’re going to Target anyway) instantly revives a tired bathroom, and just makes you go “ahhh.”
5. Pick up a scented candle.
The soft light provides ambiance (and diffuses that wall color you’re so over), and the scent acts as an instant pick-me-up.
6. Two words: Candy dish.
Because your teeny home office won’t seem so bad when you’re treating yourself to a sweet treat.
7. Pipe in your favorite tunes.
If Shania Twain (or Adele, or Taylor Swift, or whoever) helps you enjoy your home a bit more, she should be around all the time.
8. Decorate with new, pretty drawer pulls.
There’s no rule that says you have to use the ones that came with the dresser you bought years ago.
9. Create conversation spaces.
Reposition furniture to encourage family members and guests to chat and enjoy each other’s company. Simply put, chairs should face each other — not the TV.
10. Add just a little more light.
Overhead lights aren’t enough to make a space feel inviting. Add a floor lamp or task lamp to offer another, happy-inducing layer of illumination.