Get Fresh

Sick and tired of your outdated curtains and drab paint colors? Then it’s time to freshen up your home with these 10 simple, inexpensive tips. Not enough time to do it all right now? That’s okay. Aim to accomplish one or two freshen up goals each season to keep your home current, chic and inviting.

Tulips in vase

1Flower power

Nothing says "fresh" like a vase full of bright, colorful flowers, even if they're fake. Invest in a large vase, fill it with clear marbles, then add a beautiful bouquet appropriate to the season. Treat yourself to fresh flowers for a fragrant scent, which adds instant freshness to any home.

2'Tis the season

Update your home at least four times a year to match the colors and textures of the season. For instance, dress your table with a velvety chocolate-brown tablecloth during fall and winter and accent with gold chargers. During the spring and summer months, nix the chargers and swap out heavier materials with cotton placemats in more neutral tones.

3Let's go shopping!

You've been eyeing that to-die-for candelabra at your favorite home store for months -- and it just went on clearance! Go ahead and splurge on one key piece. You'll be surprised at the difference one new decorative piece can make in your home.

4Get creative

Is your formal china cabinet unused? Try converting it into a bookshelf for your den. Get creative by using what you already own to make a new, functional piece. Have any pieces that could use a new look? Paint a light wicker dresser black for a whole new and sophisticated look. Also, freshen up couches and chairs with slipcovers for a quick fix.

5Mix and match

Rearranging one piece of furniture can completely change the look of a room. For example, by moving your sofa against the wall, you'll watch your room open up and practically double in size. Swapping pieces from various rooms will create an entirely new look.

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