Welcome January! Is anyone else feeling the need to refresh and update the look of your space so we can start this year with an uplifting ambiance? Well, I am feeling exactly like that and I already made some changes in my home. It is winter here, we get less sunshine, the sky is usually gray and the surface is covered in snow. Days are shorter and energy is not as high. If you want to refresh the look of your home, bring some happy colours inside and a new updated look, follow these four easy steps and they will transform the atmosphere! They are very easy and I’m sure you will feel the difference in a instant.

➊ Start with the walls. Walls are like blank canvas just waiting to be the focal point. You don’t need to go buy a expensive artwork. There are affordable ways to make your walls look great. You can:
✦ Frame a beautiful wrapping paper (Frames are very inexpensive at Walmart and Ikea)
✦ Hang pictures of the places you have been
✦ Hang an oversized antique or new world map
✦ Get a canvas artwork at places such as Homesense, Winners, Target or Marshalls
Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 10.09.34 PMScreen Shot 2015-01-01 at 10.34.15 PM➋ Colourful and funky pillows covers. You can usually find them at the local fabric stores. It is much affordable to buy just the covers instead of the whole pillow. In some places, you can buy your own fabric and get a seamstress to make your own custom pillow covers for a very good price. Follow your instinct and style, be bold be creative and never be afraid!

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 10.22.12 PM➌ Fresh flowers. I believe fresh flowers not only uplift the feel your the space, but it also uplifts everyone’s spirit! They look and smell great. If you are not a big fan of fresh flowers or flowers at all you can go for a nice real or fake greenery. Bringing a little of the nature inside is a must for a balanced space.

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 10.30.40 PM➍ Last but not least! Accessories. They make a huge difference. The perfect detail, the personal touch for a stylish space. This is a chance to make your space very intimate. You can use things you’ve collected over the years, for example:
✦ Sea shells you got at the beach (If they are too small, place them in a nice glass bow).
✦ Memorable pictures in vintage or unique frames (Thrift stores are the best place for that).
✦ A sculpture you got somewhere you went and loved it.
✦ Candles/Candle holders you got as a gift or you just bought it because you love the smell.
✦ A cute vase you got from from someone in the family or a trip to a thrift store (Thrift stores are the best place for that).
✦ If you haven’t hung a world map on the walls you can also use a nice globe as an accessory.
✦ BOOKS! They are not only good for reading – they are also good for decorating!
Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 11.00.26 PMYou can place these accessories on a bookshelf, over an occasional table, chest, buffet… Anyplace you feel like it needs a special touch. Always remember: it is your space, your home and it should reflect you, who you are and what you love!


12 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved your ideas and I would say that recently I am painting and I am using my paintings as decoration! Its so much fun to tell the guests that are asking who did that or where u bought it?! That I did it myself 😀


    1. Nanda Reis says:

      That’s amazing Eri, I love paintings! I believe I have more than 40 originals and I just never get tired of admiring them. I wish I could paint but that is not my forte! I’m happy you have that talent =)


  2. papaleng007 says:

    Great ideas my friend. Adding a few accessories like old pictures will definitely brightens a room.


    1. Nanda Reis says:

      Yes it will!! Thanks =)


  3. Amie says:

    “Hang an oversized antique or new world map” – this is something I want to do since a long time ago!! I think it’ll really change the look-feel of a room to become more sophisticated.. 😀


    1. Nanda Reis says:

      Yes, an oversized antique or new world map is indeed very sophisticated and elegant!


  4. 3xhcch says:

    Lucky to come across your article because I am thinking of how to spruce up our library room. I already have books and a big world map. Glad that my daughter is taking up painting so her works are a welcome decor and conversation pieces. – Fred


    1. Nanda Reis says:

      It would be very special to have your daughter’s paintings hanging on the walls in your home!


  5. R U S S says:

    This is so timely, Nanda. I was just thinking about sprucing up our house – with my room and our living room as top priority. I was thinking of changing the color of our walls or using wallpaper to give ’em a fresh look.


  6. Nanda Reis says:

    An accent wallpaper wall would add a stunning wow factor Russ!


  7. Anna SK says:

    Great steps! I will definitely look at this with my roommates for our dorm. It sounds like ideas worth trying! Thank you for sharing! I am excited to try them.


  8. Louise says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m planning to change the look of my room and these tips gave me additional idea how to decorate it. I totally forgot how pillows would add up to the style I want. 🙂


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