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
➋ 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!
➌ 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.
➍ 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!
You 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!