10 Low-Effort Ways to Transform a Tired Space

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Quick story – I have a good friend who became obsessed with contemporary and modern designs when the trend first started making a comeback. She took pictures off the walls, put her KitchenAid mixer in a cabinet (say what?!), removed pillows from couches and made sure most of her home was devoid of color. Fast forward to the present day and the sleek and modern look is very much alive and well but she is, and I quote, “annoyingly over it.” Transforming the design of your space can be both time consuming and expensive, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be! Her and I stumbled across this great article by Good Housekeeping that shares some pointers on revamping your space without “literally obsessing” over it. Check it out!

Here is a list of Good Housekeeping’s Top 10 10 Low-Effort Ways to Transform a Tired Space:

1. Move some of your favorite accessories and knick-knacks into a bare room. Your other rooms won’t miss a few select pieces, and you’ll bring much-needed joy to the spot that really needs it.

2. Drape a throw wherever you could use a little coziness. Place a super-soft one on the back of a stiff chair, or hang a colorful quilt to add personality to that blank wall that’s been taunting you since you moved in.

3. Hang family photos. Nothing cheers up a room quite like all your favorite smiling faces.

4. Change out hand towels. And your bathmat while you’re at it. This inexpensive upgrade (come on, you’re going to Target anyway) instantly revives a tired bathroom, and just makes you go “ahhh.”

5. Pick up a scented candle. The soft light provides ambiance (and diffuses that wall color you’re so over), and the scent acts as an instant pick-me-up.

6. Two words: Candy dish. Because your teeny home office won’t seem so bad when you’re treating yourself to a sweet treat.

7. Pipe in your favorite tunes. If Shania Twain (or Adele, or Taylor Swift, or whoever) helps you enjoy your home a bit more, she should be around all the time.

8. Decorate with new, pretty drawer pulls. There’s no rule that says you have to use the ones that came with the dresser you bought years ago.

9. Create conversation spaces. Reposition furniture to encourage family members and guests to chat and enjoy each other’s company. Simply put, chairs should face each other — not the TV.

10. Add just a little more light. Overhead lights aren’t enough to make a space feel inviting. Add a floor lamp or task lamp to offer another, happy-inducing layer of illumination.