5 Simple Ways to Refresh a Small Space

Decorating a small space is often about subtraction rather than addition, especially when you're looking for a way to refresh your home. Simple steps like cleaning, rearranging, and getting rid of something can totally change the way you feel about your space while making room for new additions.

  1. Get rid of one thing. Many people think they need to buy something new to transform a room, but if you don't get rid of something old, you aren't creating the elbow room you need to bring new stuff in. Before you start shopping, choose a piece of furniture or an accessory to donate to your local GoodWill or Salvation Army. The bigger the piece, the more space it opens up for change.
  2. Mix things up by rearranging. Tiny floor plans may not have the flexibility to handle too much rearrangement. On the bright side, living in a small space means there's less furniture to move around, so you can try new things without investing too much sweat equity. And since everything counts in a small room, just moving a couple of chairs or re-arranging some knick knacks can make a big difference.
  3. Deep clean your home. Cleaning all the surfaces in your home can have a huge impact on how you feel about it. Make sure to wash the windows, which can completely change the light in a room, and move furniture to sweep up dust bunnies and clean the floors underneath. Not to get too new-agey, but it's a great way to open up your home's flow and re-energize a space for no money.
  4. Change your bedding. Your bed is probably one of your biggest pieces of furniture, and—to borrow a term from the art world—the bedspread is a major color field. By changing the color, pattern, or style of your bedspread, you're introducing a whole new element into your decor.
  5. Add some living things. We say it all the time, but it doesn't hurt to bring the point home again here. Plants and flowers are inexpensive, they don't take up a lot of space, and they add color, scent, and texture to a room. Plus, you can easily change a bouquet out once a week to keep your home feeling fresh.


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