10 Inexpensive Ways to Add Life to Any Space

published Feb 27, 2014
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Sometimes you feel like your home needs a refresh, but you aren’t looking to spend a lot of money. These are my 10 go-to tricks, whether I’m preparing for company, getting things photo shoot ready, or just feel the need for a little pick me up without spending much money.

1. Bring the outdoors in with houseplants.
A little green can go a long ways towards bringing life into your space. Choose something low maintenance, like a succulent, if you have a less than green thumb.

2. Add a few throw pillows.
Throw pillows can add both color and texture, and go a long ways towards making a room feel finished.

3. Hang some art.
Frame it up or get creative. You can find great art on Etsy or at the thrift shop, or hang a masterpiece by your kid — anything that resonates with you or just makes you feel happy.

4. Buy fresh flowers.
Flowers add a lot to a space and feel decadent, but don’t have to cost much. A bouquet from the grocery store in one bold color can have a great impact.

5. Add a shot of color.
Whether you pick up a bright throw pillow or paint a wall, bringing in color is the quickest way to bring about a dramatic change.

6. Cozy things up with a throw.
Throws add texture and warmth, inviting you and your guests to get comfortable.

7. Make it personal — display something meaningful.
Putting a sweet note or personal photo on display makes a house feel more like a home, and brings in a bit of your personal history.

8. Set out books and magazines.
Keeping reading material within reach invites you to sit down and make yourself at home, and is a great way to keep guests occupied.

9. Light some candles.
Scent can have a big impact on how we experience our environment, and the glow of a candle also brings a bit of warmth to a room.

10. Turn on some music.
Music is one of the easiest ways to set the mood and liven things up in an instant.