Five Cheap Tricks to Freshen up Your Home

With Summer now just a precious few weeks away, it is perhaps time to start looking at ways to embrace what is left of Spring and freshen up the home for a brand new season.

But if you happen to be on a budget, where is the best place to start?

Paint Your Front Door

The front door really is a gateway to your world and should be inviting at all times of the year, so there’s no better place to start than the front door to your home.

There are of course a wide range of finishes for your door and personally, I prefer semi-gloss.

If you fancy painting your internal doors, that’s great too! Here is a handy door painting guide by Oakwood Doors.

Distress your furniture

One of the most popular décor styles right now is rusticism, and the great thing about this particular style is that it doesn’t cost much, if anything at all to achieve.

By simply getting your old coffee table, showing it some love and care and then distressing it with a little fine-grit sand paper, you can achieve a marvellous antiqued look for your home in a matter of hours.

Here is a great ten step guide to distressing your average chest of drawers!

Embrace the green

There’s nothing nicer than bringing a little bit of life into your home, and you’ll always be amazed how much power a simple flowering plant can have.

Plants such as orchids, succulents and cacti are definitely worth considering as they last much longer than your average selection of vase flowers.

If you’re looking to purify the air, here are the best houseplants to do the job.

Change a few colours

One of the cheapest ways to freshen up your home, while making the biggest impact, is to get out a paint pot and redecorate the walls of your home.

Whether in the living room, kitchen or master bedroom, painting your house anew is always worth it. Bear in mind however, that the brightest colours aren’t always the best. According to experts, the best way to go is via natural shades.

Throw in some LEDs

Although LEDs can be quite expensive, if you purchase high quality bulbs, you could end up saving money in the long run.

In fact, the average LED light bulb uses 75 per cent less energy than an incandescent bulb and to top it, they last between 35 and 50 times longer.

According to The Guardian, if a newly built home used 40 LED bulbs for around 2.7 hours a day, the running costs would be around £23 annually, instead of £387 for halogens.