10 Ways to Refresh Your Home in the New Year

There’s no better time to start fresh than the advent of a new calendar year. Positivity is flowing, resolutions and goals are set, and anything seems possible. And as you prepare to embark on a new career, fitness, or nutrition journey, take some time to think about giving your home a bit of a fresh start in the new year, too.

From small projects, such as moving furniture around and repainting a room, to major undertakings, such as renovating the kitchen and finishing the basement, there are a number of ways to revamp your space. Read on for a list of tips for making your home feel like a place that is happy, serene, and full of joy.

 1. Start from scratch. After all the holiday decor comes down, remove all accessories for a clean slate and add one item back at a time, examining each piece and how it works in the room. Use this opportunity to try small furnishings and decor from other rooms.

 2. Declutter and donate. This can be an overwhelming task, but if you start with one drawer, one closet, and one room at a time, you’ll quickly start seeing progress. From unused furniture to old clothing, getting rid of non-essentials will give your home an easy, low-cost makeover. Donate gently used items and toss or recycle the rest.

 3. Swap out your lightbulbs. Lighting is one of those easy swaps that can make all the difference in your home and mood. Consider switching to energy-saving LED smart bulbs that you can control with an app on your smartphone or tablet. Not only can you play around with fun colors, you can adjust the tone from daytime brightness to a warm glow and everything in between.

 4. Add architectural interest. Break up a long, boring hallway with wainscoting. Replace your fireplace mantle with a salvaged piece. Or swap the builder’s grade trim for something with a bit more visual interest.

 5. Revamp your entry. From your front door to your interior foyer, a home’s entryway is one of the most important areas of the house. Not only is it the first thing people see, but it’s also the first place you enter when you come home. Paint the front door a welcoming color, update your house numbers and mailbox, and think of creative ways to organize your shoes, keys, mail, dog leashes, etc.

 6. Patch holes and touch up walls. If you don’t even notice nail holes in walls and scuffed up paint anymore, it’s time for a refresh. Patch up the holes where pictures and paintings once hung, and repaint distressed walls for a much-needed facelift.

 7. Refresh your space with paint. Speaking of painting, it’s the simplest and easiest way to freshen up a room and boost your mood without breaking the bank. If the cold weather and short daylight hours are taking their toll, choose a light mood-lifting shade to brighten up the space.  

 8. Bring Zen to your bedroom. Outfit your bedroom new bedding, some live greenery, a soothing sound machine, and an essential oil diffuser. Avoid watching TV or scrolling social media before bed. Instead, read or journal to help you prepare for a restful night’s sleep.

 9. Improve your indoor air quality. Plants have been shown to have mood-boosting properties, such as lowering stress levels, reducing blood pressure, and providing a relaxing effect on the body. Plus, certain varieties can improve the quality of air in a space by increasing oxygen levels and purifying the air.

 10. Make your house more energy efficient. In addition to adding LED light bulbs, reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your utility costs by upgrading to a smart thermostat, replace old faucets and showerheads with low-flow models, seal air leaks, and replace your HVAC filters. For more energy-saving tips and advice, consider having a home energy audit.

At Air Professionals, we, too, can help make your home a better, more inviting place to live. From indoor air quality solutions to complete heating and cooling system maintenance, repair, and installation, we are your one-stop shop for complete indoor comfort. Contact us today or anytime for all your heating, cooling, and air quality needs.

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