Tips and Tricks to Revive and Refresh Your Home

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guest article by Megan Cooper

Due to COVID-19, many people have spent far more time at home in the past two years than they typically would. For instance, my space quickly began to feel old and stale, to the point where I was constantly rearranging and re-configuring rooms to recapture that “fresh” feeling. I began to notice little things, like loose handles on cabinets or stains and scuffs on furniture. As those tiny little issues began to pile up, I realized that I needed to do something about it.

If, like me, you’re ready to revive and refresh your house, here are some excellent tips and tricks that can help.

Do a Hardware Replacement

One simple yet surprisingly effective way to revitalize your home and give several rooms a new look is fresh hardware. Faucets, doorknobs, drawer pulls, cabinet handles, and similar items are easy to switch out, making it an ideal project for a DIY novice. Plus, the change can be surprisingly impactful, especially if you shift to a new color or different metal.

Usually, you can find hardware in a range of metals, including:

Plus, you can get a range of finishes, including antique, brushed, oiled, powder-coated, satin, and polished. If you flip out brass hardware for powder-coated black hardware, the transformation can be surprisingly dramatic.

However, for knobs, handles, and pulls, you have even more options. Acrylic, ceramic, crystal, glass, porcelain, and leather may all be available, giving you additional colors, patterns, and finishes to choose between when updating your hardware.

Spruce Up Your Furniture

Refreshing and reviving your home doesn’t necessarily require all new furnishings. Instead, you could simply give your existing pieces new life by using the right approach. One simple option is with a deep cleaning. You can deep clean couches and other upholstered items yourself or hire professionals, allowing you to refresh the fabric.

If you have a sofa or chair that’s structural sound but has some damage, contacting a furniture upholstery service could be wise. The cost for new upholstery can vary based on the item’s size, the material you choose, and other factors. Typically, it runs as little as $40 to $60 for a single dining chair to around $1,200 to $3,500 for a couch.

Before hiring furniture upholstery services, you’ll want to read online reviews on a platform like Angi to find a reputable company. Then, you can reach out to discuss your needs and arrange for a quote.

Update Your Decor

Home accessories and décor like throw pillows, blankets, lampshades, and similar items are very easy to change out. As a result, they can be the perfect way to give your home a new look without making permanent or costly changes.

Remove all of the accents from your room, allowing you to see the base palette created by your furniture, wall paint, and flooring. Then, see what new accent colors can work with that foundation.

Often, just one of two new accent colors can give a space a completely new feel. Plus, if you get a small collection going, you can update your room with the seasons, allowing you to refresh the look regularly throughout the year.

Bonus Tip: Improving Your Home’s Value

When deciding which project to pursue, you may want to take your home’s value into account. Certain options may lead to higher appraisal values, allowing you to get more if you plan on selling any time soon.

Before you take on a project, consider whether it’s something buyers would want. If so, also make sure to keep your receipts and take before and after photos. That way, you can show why the value of the house is higher.


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