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We’ve all spent a lot of time at home over the past year, and if you’ve been feeling like your space could use an update, then you’re not alone. The good news: There are lots of fun, easy ways to breathe new life into your space. Whether you’re looking to quickly refresh your house so you can sell and move into a luxurious condo, or simply enjoy making changes to your home, we’ve got 10 tips to get you started.
1. Update Your Bedding
One of the easiest ways to transform your bedroom is with new bedding. Get a new duvet cover and a new set of crisp sheets in a colour or pattern that is calming and fills your heart with joy. If you’re a pillow person, get some new covers for them too. You can’t go wrong with anything that has a soft, plush texture.
2. Make a Statement with Wallpaper
Wallpaper has come a long way in recent years, and there are some stunning ways to put it to good use in your home. The right wallpaper can bring loads of drama or energy to a small bathroom. A large-scale print on a long wall is a true showstopper. And a lush pattern can bring an entryway to life. If baby steps are more your thing, consider wallpapering the back of a bookshelf or upper cupboards, or cover a cork board for an extra-fancy message centre for your kitchen or home office. Not keen on a permanent commitment? There are some fantastic removable options too!
3. Paint the Inside of Your Front Door
One of the easiest ways to bring a touch of joy into your space is by painting your front door on the inside. Think of it as an exclamation mark for your entryway — a delightful way to highlight gorgeous trim or just add an exciting pop of colour to your space. If you’re an adventurous soul, try hot pink, lemon yellow or a vivid orange. On the other end of the spectrum, minimalists will love the contrast of white walls and a matte black door. Whatever you do, be bold. It’s a low-stakes way to push your decor boundaries and try something new — after all, you can always repaint it if you don’t love it.
4. Embrace Your Dark Side
While light, airy spaces are understandably popular, there’s something to be said for a moody room that makes you feel cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. Pick one room and paint the walls in a deep, smokey shade — think black, navy, olive green or even a deep, dusty pink-mauve. You might even make one wall an accent with a dark floral wallpaper. Soften the overall look with warm or vibrant accents — think blush, rust, mustard yellow, teal, gold metals and warm woods. And don’t forget that candles add warmth and romance to any space.
5. Invest in Statement Lighting
Great lighting is essential in a home, so if your lamps or light shades are rather boring, it might be time for an upgrade. Whether you opt for a modern floor lamp, an overhead shade with cutouts that cast gorgeous shadows, or a whimsical table lamp, it’s sure to breathe new life into your space. Looking to give a lamp you love a little bit of an upgrade? Consider spray-painting the base, adding trim to the shade, or replacing the shade altogether with a patterned fabric number.
6. Style Your Bookshelves
If you’ve been staring at the same books, baskets and decor accents for the past year, it’s time for a change! When you’re restyling bookshelves, think about which objects and books you want to display and how they go together. (If they don’t, you might consider finding a new spot in your home for some items.) A well-styled shelf often combines books, a curated selection of objects and some kind of visual element, whether it’s photos that hold a special place in your heart, fantastic art or albums you love. If you want something new, you can get great prints on sites like minted.com and society6.com — and you can really save by purchasing a digital file and getting it printed at your local print shop.
7. Hang Art in Your Kitchen
One of the rooms most often overlooked when it comes to displaying art is the kitchen — which is a shame because it’s a great way to breathe new life into the hub of your home. Place a framed print on the counter, leaning it against the wall. Display a small piece on an open shelf. Or prop a large print against a wall. The idea is to make sure the art is in your sightline while you’re doing something, whether it’s washing dishes, cooking dinner or eating breakfast at the island.
8. Transform Your Bathroom with A New Shower Curtain
A shower curtain can take a bathroom from average to outstanding in seconds, and it’s a pretty minimal investment considering the impact you’ll get from it. Skip the small-scale patterns, nature scenes and Parisian cityscapes. Instead, opt for something bold and eye-catching, like large geometric shapes, a repeating pattern of oranges, or a phrase that literally says something about who you are.
9. Swap Out Cabinet Hardware in Your Kitchen
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to transforming your kitchen, and for good reason. If you’re in a space that lacks the fine finishes of 390 on the River, then swapping out hardware on your kitchen cabinets can be a quick, easy, and affordable way to make an immediate impact on one of the most valuable rooms in your home. Add warmth to your kitchen with square-edged handles and knobs in a brushed gold finish. Or bring modern farmhouse vibes into your space with hardware in a matte black finish. Or embrace your boho spirit with painted ceramic knobs.
10. Inject Old World Character
Do you long for the charm and character found in century homes and European flats? With the right trim and a bit of paint, it’s very much achievable even in a more modern suite. You could add crown molding along the ceiling, casing around doors and a chair rail along the walls. Or embrace the Parisian apartment aesthetic by creating raised panels on your wall with trim, painted to match your walls. To go the extra mile, mount an antique or vintage fireplace mantel and surround to the wall in your home office or bedroom to display fabulous floral arrangements, an array of candles or special objects.
Ultimately, your home should be a reflection of who you are and what brings you joy. If a simple change in décor doesn’t feel like enough of an upgrade, we can help. Book a private showing today.