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Whether you are buying a new home this year or you simply want to add some life into your current homestead space, there are always some great ideas you can use to get the most out of every nook and cranny of the home.
Now that spring is on its way we can shed all the gloom and dirt from the rains and harsh weather we’ve had, am i right? Let’s start looking at some fun ways to spruce up the space and make it feel lighter, cleaner, brighter and more spacious.
1. Add color
The first and most simple change you can make to the home this year is to buy a pail of colorful paint and use it to add some vibrancy to your walls. Sometimes the best way to change the whole mood and dynamic of a room isn’t to completely change it, sometimes it is simply a matter of putting some fun colors on the wall where there used to be white or grey. You can choose a bold color such as blue or orange for a big statement, or go for a more pastel tone such as mint or violet.
Todd and I chose to paint our living room walls yellow. It’s not a super bright yellow, but more of a “Spanish style” faded yellow. We added a rug with a rainbow of colors to the floors, and it really brought some life to our living room!
2. Move things around
If you feel as if your whole living space is becoming stale and boring, a simple way to change it without spending a single penny is to pick up your furniture and move it around the room. Play around with all of the different features you have and you might be surprised at what a difference it can make to your living space overall.
Back when we were first married, Todd’s grandma Esther used to do this every year, it seemed. It always made her living room look as if they had just bought new furniture, but of course, they hadn’t! It was a just a great way for her to infuse ‘newness’ to her home each year without having to spend money.
3. Bring in more light
Spring and summer are the most fun times of the year and they give us longer days and warmer nights, as well as lots of sunshine and color. To make the most of the spring and summer it is always a good idea to let as much light into the home as you can. Having more windows in the home is a great way to do this, and also adding some natural light light fittings around the house can brighten everything up and make it look fresh.
I’m so thankful that our homestead living space has plenty of windows on both sides of the house. In the morning, the sunshine can come through an illuminate the living room and bring warmth of the new day. In the late afternoon, we get sunshine coming in on the other side. In early spring, it keeps us warm and cozy. Having spring sunshine coming through the windows is also really fantastic natural help for those suffering from anxiety and depression issues.
4. Focus on the little touches
If you don’t have the money or the time to be completely changing your living room this spring, there are other ways you can change the space without buying a new sofa or chairs. An easy way to change your home along with the seasons is simply to add some new cushions and throws to the seats.
Adding a bright color or two to the sofa can make a massive difference and your home will look much more inviting. If you sew, try whipping up a few new pillows this year that add some bright and cheery color to your living room.
You can even think about bringing some spring spirit into the home with fresh flowers, building a succulent wall or even having a cute herb garden in the kitchen. Green and texture in your home can make the space come to life and feel fresher.
5. Build a headboard
Sometimes the bedroom can be the room which gets neglected the most in the home and a lot of the time this can make it feel drab and boring. The good news is that a simple diy can change your bedroom completely right from the get go.
If you are looking for a fun way to update your bedroom you can build your own headboard for the bed with some plywood, foam and fabric. Simply cut the plywood into the right shape, cut a piece of foam the same shape and cover the whole thing in your favorite fabric choice. Staple it all together and you can staple small intervals throughout the headboard to add some texture.
6. Use mirrors
Mirrors can always be a great way for you to add light and space to a home because they allow you to give the illusion of a brighter space. If you can place a mirror in every room of the house you will not only benefit from the extra light which is reflected, but you will also give the idea of bigger rooms, making your home feel grander.
We use this trick in our dining room with a beautiful Spanish style mirror we picked up at a local garage sale. It’s quite large and the artwork on it is just the style that we were looking for to compliment our existing decor. The cost? Only $10!
One of the things which you might not have considered if you want to update your home for the spring is that you don’t have to buy all new items. If you have a sofa or an armchair which has seen some better days, why not try to ask an upholster to refresh it for you instead of buying a new one? As with wooden furniture such as tables and chairs, a good scrub and a coat of varnish can make all the difference and it means you don’t have to fork out to replace all of the furniture in the house.
8. Clean the windows
This might sound like a stupid tip to give, but when was the last time you washed your windows inside and out? It is so important that you take the time now and again to do this all over the house because it will allow much more light into the home and it will keep your homestead feeling bright and fresh.
When you living in a rural area, this is very important. Dust gets kicked up and if you have the kind of wind we have in this valley, it can really dirty up the windows. If you have livestock and happen to get flies in the house, swatting them on windows leaves them dirty as well! Eww! We have to clean ours pretty often for those two reasons.
9. Create artwork
Spring and summer are all about life and color, and one way to bring this idea into your home is to create some colorful artwork which will add some character and personality to your walls immediately. You can create some art yourself by either painting something you love or simply making some abstract art by adding colors to a canvas and spreading them around. Making artwork can be a fun weekend activity and it will make a big impact on the look and feel of your home.
I remember back in the early 70s, my mother had an idea for a piece of art that my brother and I helped her with. It involved dipping our little hands into some pretty paint colors and “stamping” our handprints many times until they all came together in circles. It’s hard to explain here, but it was really neat, and it brought some nice color to our home at the time.
10. Lay a new floor
The floor is often a part of the home which goes a little neglected and this effect the dynamic of a room massively. However the good news is that you don’t have to fork out on an expensive hardwood floor to get a fun effect, you can use vinyl. Vinyl is much cheaper and easier to lay, and it will often give you the same effect as a tiled or wood floor for a fraction of the effort and price.
Another option, which is our favorite, is to lay laminate flooring. A great alternative to wood, it is much cheaper and less fussy to care for each week. It comes in many interesting colors. For our home, we have chosen a dark coffee color, which compliments all the color in our home nicely.
Whatever way you choose to spruce up your homestead, I do recommend that you do every year if you can. There’s no need to spend a lot of money doing it if you don’t want to. Garage sales, dollar stores, and even your own sewing and handy skills can go a long way in bringing about changes to your homestead that are sure to brighten your mood this spring!