Spring is on it’s way! 10 great tips to freshen up the place at little to no cost


We might still have a month or so until we feel comfortable temperatures again. However, now is the best time to start thinking about updates and ways you can freshen up your home. From wallpaper to accessorizing, the tips below are sure to inspire you to roll up your sleeves and get to work (and fun!)

1. Paint Panel Wallpaper is your best friend!

I imagine one of the first things you think of when it comes to quick, easy, and affordable ways to spruce up a room, you think paint. Well think again my friend! And don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest you construct and install elaborate wood panels that are so popular these days.  Your best option is panel wallpaper!  Wallsauce.com had created and carefully selected panel wallpaper designs. Not only is the measuring process more straight forward, but the installation is simple too! For the trendsetters, the designs are also available on a self-adhesive, peel and stick wallpaper. So, when you are ready for a new feature wall, simply peel it off and your wall is instantly ready for its next feature. This also makes it a safe, clean option for anyone renting.

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Wow! Talk about an upgrade! 

2. Stick to a theme.

What do you call a Japanese, Victorian, and Modern theme? Answer: a college dorm. Try to stick to a basic theme and work with that design. Having a congruent theme throughout your home makes decorating much more full proof and gives the impression that you know what you’re doing!

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3. Use visual cues.

Most people ignore very innate physical attributes of a home. Arched doorways are good for a Spanish theme. Crown molding works well with Victorian and Art Deco styles. Wainscoting on walls can work with a country theme. Solid walls work well with modern.

4. Furniture makes a statement about the room.

One of the biggest investments you can make can be the furniture you purchase for a room, however, try to repurpose existing furniture or try using simple chairs with matching table to create a theme.

5. Take a peek under the carpet

If you own an older home, chances are you are covering hard wood floors with that 70’s shag carpet. If you own a new home don’t be afraid to pull the carpet and put down wood laminate. Engineered wood has never been more affordable.

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6. Put down an area rug.

Area rugs can be purchased for as little as $200 and give a room a very expensive look. Carpet remnants make for excellent area rugs. See local Carpet store.

7. Ditch the overhead chandelier for wall sconces

Lighting is the oldest trick in the book to make a room pop; just ask Hollywood filmmakers. Get creative while sticking to the theme. Create a modern room by hiding the light source or create a Victorian feel by putting wall sconces on a light fader.

8. Less is more

Most people believe that every square inch needs to be filled in a room but emptiness is a statement in itself. You know the phrase “silence is deafening” ?  Well, repeat the mantra, “sparse is stunning.” Don’t be afraid to leave a wall free of furniture.

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9. Use accessories.

One of the least expensive ways to add color to a room with white walls is to add red pillows. Pillows, throw rugs, candles, paintings, photos, and flowers can make mild into wild.

10. Add a plant

One of the best ways to make a room feel like a living space is to add living plants, like a tall leafy plant in one corner, or just get some fresh seasonal flowers for the table.


Any change you make will add to your overall curb appeal and ultimately to the value of your home. Keep in mind that outdoor improvements such as foliage, plants, and bushes take a long time to grow so plan ahead. Thanks to Wallsauce for consulting.


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