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5 Easy Ways to Cheer Up the House

5 Simple Tricks to Cheer up the House

We don’t typically think of inanimate objects as being sad, but it’s something that happens. Consider your home’s decor. You are busy with your job, family, and everyday life. Could it be that your home is feeling neglected? Things feel a bit off the moment you walk through the front door, but for some reason, you can't quite put your finger on it?

If that's your problem, it's high time to cheer up your home's decor. We've come up with five easy and affordable ways to accomplish this. You’ll be amazed by the results. Cheering up your home will not only lift your spirits but will also recapture your home's former glory, making it the happy and welcoming place you remember.

How to Cheer Up the House

  1. Bring in cheerful colors
  2. Make quick and easy changes
  3. Lighten it up
  4. Declutter and deep clean
  5. Buy plants and flowers
Go from bland to exciting by adding in a few cheerful colors.

Go from bland to exciting by adding in a few cheerful colors.

1. Bring in Cheerful Color

Color affects mood. It can make you happy and can cheer up your home. If your home is awash with cool, neutral colors, that atmosphere might translate to boredom. Try introducing brighter, warmer colors into your rooms—red, orange, yellow, or pink will energize your spaces.

Color not only reshapes a space but also influences your mood and others around you. Certain colors help to make the most of each day and increase your energy. Find fun colors that inspire you. You don’t have to rework the color scheme totally; add pops of color with pillows and accessories. Find a happy accent color or two that will work with your existing color palette.

Inexpensive family artwork brightens up a dark hallway.

Inexpensive family artwork brightens up a dark hallway.

2. Make a Quick Change

Is there something in your home you have wanted to change?

These quick changes might just be the things to cheer up your home:

  • Switch out those faded curtains for updated blinds or shutters.
  • Freshen up your coffee table with art books and exotic objects.
  • Rearrange your furniture because it makes a huge difference.
  • Frame your kids' artwork and create a colorful gallery wall.
  • Change out old bed linens with new hotel-quality sheets and bath towels.
  • Artfully arrange your bookshelf display. Remove clutter and space out books and decorative accessories.
  • Purchase a colorful rug that will add a large, colorful area to energize a room.
  • Mix up your dinnerware. Use different patterns, colors, and shapes to set an eclectic dining table.
  • Display bright textiles in the kitchen. This is an easy and cheap way to up the mood.

Whether large or small, if it’s been bugging you, it is time to make these small changes. Set aside a budget to make your changes and do it as soon as possible.

Light-diffusing roller shades make a room look light, clean and modern

Light-diffusing roller shades make a room look light, clean and modern

3. Lighten Up

A home without adequate light is depressing. If you don’t get enough natural light, you may suffer from the 'seasonal blues,' a medically recognized condition known as a seasonal affective disorder.

It's time to get rid of heavy curtains, shades, and blinds and flood your rooms with natural light. There are many window treatments, such as semi-translucent shades or sheer curtains, that give you privacy without light to filter throughout the space.

If your home is short on windows or you live in a basement apartment, look into light therapy. These specialized lamps and light bulbs simulate natural light and are designed to improve your mood and energy levels. Or simply replace existing light bulbs with brighter ones and add a few inexpensive lamps around the house. You will get a mental boost, and your rooms will look brighter and more stylish.

Another way to add natural light is to hang mirrors around the house. You can increase the amount of light by placing mirrors in dark areas to reflect light. For example, hang one large or a grouping of smaller mirrors across from a big window to help illuminate a dark stairway or foyer.

Keeping things neat and clean will create a cheerful atmosphere.

Keeping things neat and clean will create a cheerful atmosphere.

4. Declutter and Clean It Up

There is nothing cheerful about a messy home. If you’re sick and tired of coming home to a dirty, cluttered house, do something about it. Get rid of unnecessary items.

Walk into any room, look around and ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it something I really need?
  • Is it sentimental?
  • Have I used this item lately?
  • Would I repurchase the same thing?
  • If it’s broken, is it fixable?
  • When I move, is it worth keeping?

Start by tackling one room or area each day. Once you’ve covered the entire house, immediately tidy up things as you see something out of place. Schedule a time to do a bi-weekly or monthly whole-house cleaning. Keeping your home clean and organized will create a joyful aura.

There's nothing like flowers to add a light feeling to a room.

There's nothing like flowers to add a light feeling to a room.

5. Add Plants and Flowers

How happy are you when you receive flowers? The same applies to your home. Bring in fragrant blooms, arrange them in a lovely vase and place them on a table. It’s a sure-fire way to add color and fragrance.

If you can afford it, bring in fresh flowers once a week. Many grocery stores and membership warehouses have small floral departments offering seasonal arrangements and single stems at reasonable prices. Bunches of carnations and alstroemerias are always an economical option.

Better yet, if you have a flower garden, bring in cuttings to brighten up a room for free. If fresh flowers aren’t in the cards, buy a blooming plant. Enjoy the colorful flowers inside the house for a few weeks. Once the blooms are spent, transplant them into an outdoor flower bed.

© 2018 Linda Chechar


Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 13, 2018:

GeneLewis1, glad you liked this article. I feel it's always nice to keep the interior bright and cheery rather than depressingly somber.

GeneLewis1 on October 13, 2018:

These are such great tips :)

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 06, 2018:

Eman Abdallah Kamel, so happy you enjoyed these tips. Sunlight and plants are an inexpensive and easy way to perk up a home. I love fresh flowers and greenery in almost every room!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 06, 2018:

Ethel Smith, thanks for stopping by and following my Hubs. It always amazes me when I move a few pieces of furniture around. It creates a brand new look and feel in the room!

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on October 06, 2018:

R Talloni, glad this helped a bit for your guest room. I love subdued color schemes with that extra pop. It's so much fun to create a happy home environment. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on October 06, 2018:

I agree with you that natural lighting and plants make the house more beautiful and delightful. Thanks for the tips.

RTalloni on October 05, 2018:

Nice tips, for sure. Am putting a guest room together in a very light, subdued, calm tones. Have everything you mention covered except that extra pop of color, so have just decided to add at least two plaid pillow covers that will go well with a bird mobile I'm creating. The main base color is included, but the covers and mobile have a mix of bright color. Trying to focus on pattern scales so everything comes together right. Thanks for encouragement to be bold with the pop! :)

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 05, 2018:

Some great ideas thanks. Sometimes just rearranging your furniture can improve the feel of a room.