Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Décor

Mid-January is prime time for the winter blues. And, if you’re experiencing them in regards to your home, it might brighten your day to know there are some easy fixes for freshening up your decor.

Mirror, mirror on the wall. . .

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Mirrors are one of the best ways instantly open up your space. If you’re living is small and dark, replace a piece of artwork with a large mirror, or try using a tall, leaning mirror behind a chair to give depth to your room. I also like to add glass elements such as a coffee table or candle holders to give them room more reflective quality.

Think white and bright.

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This may seem obvious but is really one of the easiest, and best, ways to freshen things up. While an all-white sofa may not be the most kid-friendly solution, you can add white and cream pillows with removable, washable covers and plush throws. If you have dark upholstery, it’s a sure fix to make a brown sofa not seem so “brown.” Another trick I’ve used in my own living room is to use tall, solid curtain panels in a light color on all of the windows. I hung mine near the ceiling so that your eye is instantly drawn upward.

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Mix and match.

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If you’ve purchased a matching set of furniture in the past, there’s an easy way to add some interest and break up the set. Start by bringing in accent pieces in metal finishes. And, don’t worry about mixing different tones. I’m a firm believer that nothing has to match. For example, you can easily mix in a pretty gold coffee table and keep your silver lamps in the same room. Mixing finishes will only help to add interest to your space. Another inexpensive solution for breaking up matching accent tables is to paint one or two pieces in a different color.

Hang framed art using large white mats.

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Hanging something beautiful on your wall is one of the best ways to create a focal point, thus drawing your eye away from the other things in the room that bother you. To keep it light, I suggest framing a series of favorite family photographs, kids artwork, or even free art from a site like Vintage Printables, and framing them in similar frames with white mats.

Don’t forget the floor.

Heather Garrett Design via DecorPad

The floor is literally the foundation of your room and can play a big part in the overall feel of your design. Even if your room already has carpeting, it’s perfectly acceptable to layer a rug over it. Rugs can add instant pattern and/or texture to a space. If you are afraid of using a light rug, a shag or loop rug is a great kid-friendly option.

Emily Clark is a mom on the go, on a quest to create beautiful interior spaces. She loves to amaze clients with super chic finds at affordable prices and find creative uses for pieces they may already own. Click here for more ideas and inspirations on her blog or email her at

11 Responses to “Five Ways to Freshen Up Your Décor”

  1. Melissa Says:
    January 21st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Maybe a mirror is just what I need. My house is looking kind of blah to me. I need more color in it though. Time to make some throw pillows.

  2. Rene Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Great advice as always Emily! Loving those large photos!


  3. kathysue Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I love Emily alnd she has a wonderful design aesthetic with great practical tips. Her blog is always insprining as is this wonderful article, Kathysue

  4. Marty@A Stroll thru Life Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Wonderful post and fabulous suggestions. I love the use of mirrors and light and bright fabrics to give a room some life during the more gloomy months. Love all of your inspiration pics. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

  5. Danielle Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Fabulous tips!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Gabriella Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Great ideas! I have seen that particular way to hand art a lot lately and I am very intrigued to try it in my own home! Keep up the good work!

    - Gabi @

  7. Tanya Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I love the rich use of colour!

  8. Chic Geek Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Great postI I just did an entire revamp to brighten things up in my home! Also, adding bright beutiful flowers to any room (even your bathroom) can be an instant fix!

  9. sherry hart Says:
    January 23rd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Emily is a design star!!!! Her own home reflects how talented she is!

  10. Regina Says:
    January 24th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I LOVE this site. I’m a new bloggy moms follower.

  11. Kelley Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Loved this! I need more white. You’ve inspired me to get white curtains. I didn’t want to at first because I thought it was so plain, but…it’s actually just bright. Bright is good! Thanks for the tips. :)

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