10+ Quick and Simple Ways To Refresh Your Space

Creating a fresh new look for your living space doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time; there are many simple methods to amp up your home decor and give a tired room a complete makeover. If you want to refresh your home and give it new life, don’t be afraid to bring in new pieces and elements, experiment with different styles and looks, and play around with functional and decorative additions that open up a small space.

Even a minor change can have a big impact and thoroughly revamp a room if done right. With these straightforward and simple decor ideas, you can give any space an exciting new look that’ll completely change the feel of the room. Get inspired and discover how to refresh your home in budget-friendly and easy ways with these simple home decor ideas that’ll transform your place.

1. Incorporate Greenery

One of the best things you can do to add freshness to your space is to add greenery! Create a nature-themed, organic vibe with new plants in your bedroom, dining room, or kitchen. Go for leafy greens and large indoor plants for a tropical rainforest aesthetic, or opt for cute succulents and cacti if you live in a warm climate with lots of sun.

Cacti and succulents don’t need to be watered very often to look great and grow quickly, so these are great options for a busy plant parent who wants something more self-sustaining. Hang your plants from the ceiling or walls, or find simple pots and display the plants on flat surfaces like a desk, coffee table, or bookshelf.

2. Add Oversized Wall Art

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Hang large framed prints to add color and beauty to blank, boring walls. Add one piece as a focal point for the room, or fill your walls with multiple large art pieces for a bold look. Choose wall art that matches your decor and furniture and blends perfectly into the room, yet adds originality and intrigue into your space.

Abstract art and paintings work well for an artsy aesthetic, while oversized prints of family and friends can create a homey feel. Whether you choose to add large wall art to your bedroom or living room, a new piece will instantly liven up any space and give you a much-needed change of pace.

3. Place an Area Rug

This simple addition to a room will completely transform its look and add a feeling of sophistication and elegance. Pick a neutral color and pattern for your new rug to work with your furniture and wall paint, or go bold with bright colors and eye-catching patterns for an accent piece that stands out in the room.

Make sure you choose a soft texture and the right size for your space for a simple yet impactful addition to any room. Feel free to position furniture on the area rug to help bring the room together.

4. Modify Your Lighting

Lighting significantly influences the overall appearance of a room. Whether you have overhead lighting or a floor lamp, changing something as simple as bulb color from bright white to a more yellow hue will give the room a totally new look.

Going further and changing your floor lamp and table lamp locations will do even more to make the room feel like a different space altogether. Make sure to set up your lamps in convenient locations that allow for quality light throughout the room, but feel free to experiment with colors, brightness, and the number of lights.

5. Throw in Pillows and Blankets for a Cozy Feel

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If you don’t want to change your wall art or furniture, positioning decorative throw pillows and blankets strategically around the room can add pops of color and texture that’ll give it a more inviting look.

Opt for pillows in fun shapes or with inspirational quotes on them to add charm to your space, or go for a personalized pillow with family photos for decor that reminds you of your loved ones. Drape a matching fleece blanket over a couch or bed for an extra cozy—and functional—presentation.

6. Create a Gallery Wall

Spice up and refresh any wall by filling it with a gallery of photo prints or artwork. If you have a blank wall that needs color and excitement, don’t be afraid to saturate it with framed or canvas prints, be it family photos, vacation snaps, or kids’ artwork.

A gallery wall works great in a bedroom, living room, or entryway to draw attention to one wall and showcase the personalities of the inhabitants. The picture-filled wall will change the look of the entire room and enliven your space.

7. Rearrange Furniture

You don’t need to be an interior designer to simply move around the furniture you already have. You also don’t need to spend a penny to execute this transformational maneuver. This is the simplest and most effective way to refresh your space without adding or taking away anything from the room.

Reassess your current furniture and decor, and consider if there are any better ways to position it in the room. Try to place furniture in a way that will make the room feel larger and create free, uncluttered space.

8. Hang a Large Photo Collage

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For a simple yet game-changing home decor idea, compile all your favorite family photos for a canvas print collage featuring as many pictures as necessary.

Select a dark background for the canvas to make it stand out against a white wall, or pick a wooden frame for a more rustic appearance. This collage will showcase sweet family moments while brightening up a room and giving it a more personalized feel, adding something fresh and new to your space.

9. Combine Style and Function

Revamp your furniture for an easy, low-key way to refresh a room. You can change your coffee table or side table layout by placing decor such as plants, photos, or trinkets on top of them or on shelves beneath them. Make your coffee table the centerpiece of your living room, even if the table itself is simple, with colorful and eye-catching tabletop decor that matches your room design.

Your sideboards can also use a touch of creativity, so place large paintings on top to utilize the surface area to its full potential. Revamp a boring bookcase by getting rid of all the novels you’re never going to read and filling the empty spaces with photos, plants, or cute birthday cards you want to display.

10. Color Coordinate the Room

Another way to refresh your space is to make a small space feel larger with simple hacks such as color coordinating wall colors, furniture, and decor. Pick a neutral palette and stick with it for all your room elements.

Keeping a consistent color scheme will give any room a spacious feeling, and help establish unity and cohesiveness between the different kinds of decor you choose to incorporate.

11. Incorporate Desktop Photos

Framed picture of kids sitting on top of books on shelf.

For a small change that’ll still give your space a slightly new look, incorporate personalized photo gifts, specifically desktop plaques for decor to place on empty surfaces.

Position cute family photos on your coffee table where anyone can see, place beloved pet snaps on a bookshelf, and put vacation photos on your desk for inspiration and a little boost every time you’re working. Add colorful frames that match your style and interior design to make this decor unique and cohesive.

12. Adorn Your Windows

Refresh the look of a room by giving your windows an interesting new appearance. Go for light and breezy curtains, or opt for thick, dark shades for a window treatment that will transform the room. To draw attention to your windows and highlight that part of a room, choose bright curtains with a floral design or bold pattern.

For a more elegant and retro look, opt for heavier drapes of one solid color that matches the palette of the room. Or, create DIY curtains out of any fabric you like for an original and unique window treatment.

13. Declutter and Organize

While this may seem like a no-brainer, decluttering and cleaning your space can seriously transform it, depending on how bad it’s gotten. Even if the space isn’t messy, it is never a bad idea to go through the room and get rid of any items you don’t use or don’t need. Clutter accumulates over time and can make your space feel cramped.

Throwing away unnecessary objects is an affordable way to refresh a space and keep it simple. Plus, you may be able to make money by selling your unused belongings!

Extra Resources

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Your home is everything; it’s your sanctuary, an expression of your style, a place that is uniquely yours. If your space starts to feel dull after a while, it’s never a bad idea to refresh your home in one of many simple and easy ways. Revamp a room to add personality to your space, or declutter and rearrange your existing furniture and home decor for a fresh new look.

Experiment with new elements and incorporate fun textures and colors to transform your space into something different and exciting.

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