5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home
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How To | 5 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

It can be easy to catch the winter blues when the days turn dark before dinnertime. Until spring comes knocking on my door, I try to bring as much of the natural elements inside to brighten things up and keep me inspired during the colder months.

With that being said, there are a few simple ways to cheer up your home… and your mood too! So without further ado, here are 5 easy ways to freshen up your home before the spring season.

1. Add snappy accents
Try filling up a bright, white room with vibrant furnishings and décor to amp up the interest in a dull space. You can also pep up built-ins or bookcases by lining the back of the case with lively patterned craft papers or wallpaper scraps. I suggest using spray adhesive or double stick tape to adhere the papers.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

2. Table toppers
Adding loose arrangements around your home is an easy way to welcome spring. In the kitchen, swap heavy ceramic dishware for lighter glass plates, and display them on the dining table for an extra pop of color.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

3. Cozy glow
Make the most of natural light by pulling back heavy window treatments. If your view is the neighbor’s brick apartment building, add translucent blinds or sheers that let sun in while artfully obscuring your bad view. You can also update your lighting for a quick touch of brightness on gloomy days. Combine large floor lamps and smaller task lighting for the best results.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

4. Reflections
Mirrors add light to a space and encourage a warm, sunny feeling. With tons of options – modern mirror tiles, ornate hanging mirrors, etc. – choose something that best represents your style.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

5. Shed layers
You can also lighten up a room simply by removing cluttered knickknacks. A couple key pieces will have a greater impact than a messy collection. Donate them, have a yard sale, or store them away for a later date.

Pretty easy, right? I hope these tips inspire you to freshen up your home this season. I’ve learned that when your home is fresh and bright, your mood tends to boost too! Plus… nobody likes that NOT SO fresh feeling.




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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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