By Ally Lewis
Home is not a place, but a feeling, as the saying goes. But as with any relationship, feelings can change over time and often the best way to reignite a love for your living space is by making a few positive changes:
1. Declutter 101
It’s easier to feel warm and fuzzy about a home that is neat and ordered. Declutter by clearing out items that you no longer use, or that have stopped bringing you joy. Work room by room, by placing five containers on the floor. One container is for items that have been moved around, and need to be placed back where they were. The second container can be used for items that should be recycled – glass, paper and plastic. In third container, place anything that needs to be repaired. The fourth container is for objects that have lost their lustre, for you, and could be donated to a worthy cause. Finally, have a container ready for items that just need to be thrown away. If it works for Marie Kondo…
2. Strokes of genius
Simply introducing an accent wall into a space will completely change the look of a room. First decide which wall in the room to paint – usually the wall with an interesting architectural feature, such as a built-in bookcase or a fireplace. The next step is to consider colour options. Opt for a bold colour that will stand out, but still work well with the other hues in your home. A darker colour will contrast with the other walls, and attract attention.
3. Changing perspectives
Revive your home by rearranging some of the furniture to create a new flow or to improve the ergonomics. A good tip to bear in mind is to keep larger pieces of furniture along the perimeter of the room. Introducing a fresh item, such as a patterned ottoman, will transform both the look and feel of a room.
4. Windows to your heart
If your room feels cluttered, or uninspiring, it may be time to let in some light. Replace dark drapes or heavy curtains with lighter curtains or blinds. Venetian blinds offer clean lines, while a classic fabric Roman blind will work well to introduce softness into a bedroom.
5. DIY happiness
Tackle small tasks or projects that get your heart aflutter. Re-frame your treasured photographs and hang them together on a wall or around a room. Give old frames a new look with a contrasting coat of paint to that of your wall, or add some new photos of your most recent holiday.
Posted by Lindy Snyman
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