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10 Inexpensive Ways to Refresh a Room

Even if you're short on time and have a limited budget, you can give your favorite room in the house a new, fresh look.

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Add a Statement Wall

A statement wall—whether in the bedroom, living room, dining room or kitchen—is an easy way to make a seemingly big change without much effort. Try prepasted wallpaper in a fun print, create a full gallery wall or experiment with a new paint color that will complement the rest of your decor. Speaking of accents, here are some painted floor ideas to inspire your next DIY project.

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Add Some Greenery

Plants can help make a room feel fresh and inviting. You don’t have to have a green thumb to refresh a room with plants, just look for ones that thrive in your home’s environmental conditions. If you’re worried about maintenance there are indoor plants you (probably) can’t kill. Take into consideration how much sun the room gets, if the plants are safe for pets and children and how much they will need to be watered.

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White and grey room with a fancy navy and gold

Try a New Rug

Rugs can tie a room together as they add warmth and help define spaces. Make sure you have the right size rug for your space. Experts agree that some flooring around the rug’s edges is fine, but you should make sure at least some of the furniture rests on the rug. Check out these easy ways to brighten your home during winter.

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Give Window Treatments an Update

Refreshing a room can be as simple as just updating the window treatments and the options are nearly endless. Try sheer curtains to let in more sunlight or replace vertical blinds with roman blinds.

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Teal room with an abstract painting over a dark-colored sofa

Refresh Accent Pieces

For an easy way to refresh a room, try swapping out some accent pieces. Replace your living room throw pillows and blankets with new ones in a different color or print. Try a new lamp or hang a new piece of artwork. Change out dusty candles for fresh, seasonal colors and scents. The list can go on, but there are plenty more DIY updates that are inexpensive.

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Add a Statement Piece

Need a major update? Try an oversized piece of artwork that makes a statement. Or, for a more eclectic look, consider propping up a large piece of artwork against the wall. Hanging a large, oversized mirror can also make a statement and help small rooms appear larger. Did you know that artwork has the ability to make a small room look bigger? Here are 14 other ways to make a small space look bigger.

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Replace Hardware

For a simple refresh that takes very little time, replace the hardware on drawers and cabinets. Try these brass pulls ($20) for an on-trend look on a media console, or these wooden pulls ($22) for a farmhouse look. Take inspiration from the best modern cabinet hardware.

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Grey living room with matching grey cabinet, sofa and rug

Rearrange Furniture

Sometimes refreshing a room is as simple as rearranging some furniture. Try something new, such as using an open bookshelf as a room divider or move the couch away from the wall for a different seating arrangement. Opening up the space or simply using it in a different can make it feel like a new room.

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Move Display Items to a New Spot

When was the last time you rearranged your knickknacks? Take a look around the room and see if there’s a way to rearrange your display items. Sometimes regrouping items such as framed photos, vases and candles in different spots helps the room feel like a whole new space. Also, consider whether or not there is anything you no longer want on display.

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Dark grey wall and chair with wooden table beside

Add Some Color

Want to try a new wall color? Rejuvenate a tired room with stylish color. Soft blues can make a room feel tranquil, a bright pink or yellow can make it feel cheerful and a deep gray or even black can bring a touch of sophistication. Before you start painting, read these tips from professional painters.

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