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9 easy ways to freshen up a room

Goodbye dingy decor.

9 easy ways to freshen up a room.

1. Opt for statement lighting

Got the same standard lampshade in every room? Switch out to something that will add a bit of personality to the space. Don't stress if you're in a rental and can't change overhead lighting - luxe floor and table lamps also lift a space.

2. Invest in standout furniture

If the big pieces are a little lack lustre, boost the appeal of a room with some smaller statement pieces. A bright accent chair, bold pouffe or quirky table will quickly make it your own.

3. Or switch up the look of something old

Big throws and lots of cushions really are your secret weapons when it comes to refreshing the look of a sofa, armchair or bed. This is a great move if you're in a furnished rental too.

4. Add greenery (fake counts too)

Nothing breathes life into a space like leafy greens in gorgeous pots. Go for faux if keeping them alive has you sweating.

5. Create a gallery wall

Wall art can instantly brighten a magnolia-walled world. Collect a few of your favourite prints or photos and play around with different layouts on the floor before you add to the wall.

6. Trick the eye with mirrors

They make a space seem brighter and more spacious, especially when paired with lots of lighting. If you're struggling for hanging space, choose standing styles or large mirrors that can rest against a wall.

7. Clear (or conceal) your clutter

Stuff. Everywhere. It can make your space and your mood feel heavy - so dedicate a day to decluttering. Insert some savvy storage to display or stow away the things you keep.

8. Hide ugly flooring

Cover up cold laminate or drab carpet with a lovely rug (the bigger the better). Renting? You can easily take these with you if you move, so it's worth investing in a style you love.

9. Dress your windows

Dingy curtains or out of shape blinds won't be doing your décor any favours,  but it's easy to fix. Be smart with what you choose for each room - cover draughty windows with thermal curtains, opt for blackouts in the bedroom and airy drapes in rooms that need brightening.

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