Remember how you felt when you moved into your home? Just like with any new relationship, it was likely exciting, a little bit unsettling, and undoubtedly fun. But also like any long-standing relationship, that thrilling “spark” you experienced at the beginning can wane over time. Have no fear! There are some easy ways to rekindle the romance you once had for your home. All it takes is a little bit of creative effort. Here are a few ideas for revitalizing your space and regaining that lovin’ feeling in your home again:
Paint a wall
One of the fastest, most inexpensive, yet dramatic ways to refresh a space is to give it a new coat of paint. You could easily and quickly paint one accent wall to give a room a whole new feel. Choose your favorite color or perhaps go with something bolder, like Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet. “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” That’s certainly not a stale way of thinking!
Clutter is something that can certainly zap the energy from an otherwise lovely space. Go to what was your favorite room and take stock of everything in it. This includes everything you don’t see too, such as the stuff in your closets, cabinets, and drawers. How much of it have you used in the last year? Be realistic about what you truly need and what you can do without. If there are things you own that don’t spark joy anymore, let them go. Once you’ve gotten rid of all your useless items and re-organized what’s left, you’ll be happily surprised with how much you love the space again.
If you’ve had the same old pieces in the same old places, it’s time to change it up. Think creatively as to where your furniture may be better utilized or highlighted in different rooms of your house. Keep taller and more substantial pieces around the perimeter of your rooms and consider adding accent pieces that make sense. For example, a nice ottoman in front of a sitting chair can make it appear and feel cozier.
How many years have the same paintings and photos been hanging in the same places on your walls? If you’ve grown weary of seeing the same things over and over again, it’s time to change up your artwork to things you find more inspiring. If you have particular photos or art pieces that you’ve wanted to get framed “someday,” take the time to do it now. You can easily get them done online (Framebridge is a good option.)
Now, even after all your efforts, you still find that you’re not falling back in love with your home — consider the fact that it may be time to (literally) move on. If so, we invite you to take a look at the beautiful real estate options available here at Harbor Club. We have homes that appeal to a variety of tastes and budgets. Come visit! It could be the beginning of an exciting new relationship for you.