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January. Surely the saddest month? In the UK anyway, where it’s mostly wall to wall drizzle and greyness. If you’ve emerged from a Christmas coma, taken the tree down and feel a little flat, here are some easy home improvements you can do this month, that make a big difference to your home and your mood! Try these feel good ways to improve your home, without spending a fortune or taking loads of time.
Refresh Your Home with Pop of Colour
Whether it’s a nice new throw or cushion on your sofa, or a splash of paint, adding a new tone to your room is a quick and easy way to lift a space. You could even dye an old throw to give it a new lease of life, if it’s cotton. A few years ago I painted half our wall pale pink, and apart from getting the line straight, it was really quick and easy and frames our sofa beautifully. The year after, I used the same paint to paint the inside of our bay window and although it’s subtle, it looks so pretty.
Adding a quick coat of paint is such an easy home improvement that has real impact. Can’t face painting? How about an easy to use large format wall sticker? These ones from Nutmeg Studio come in different sizes and a huge range of colours so you can find one to suit your space.
Try a New Home Scent
I loved our Christmas candle, but it’s time for a new fresh scent for the new year. Whether it’s a new fragrance oil for a diffuser, a fresh new candle, or an eco friendly glass bottle diffuser, scent has been proven to lift your mood and it’s so nice to come home to.
I treated myself to a glass bottle natural scent diffuser from Mix Clean Green and it’s gorgeous – a fresh, uplifting orange scent.
Scented soy wax candles are also an easy, effective way to fill your home with scent.
Improve Your Home and Wellbeing with Plants
Plants have been proven to boost your mood, and help purify the air. They also look gorgeous! It wasn’t until I went on holiday and gathered mine all together for easy watering that I realised how many I have. I’ve had a go at propagating a very leggy plant and it actually worked!
Not sure how to look after your plant babies? I recommend the book “How Not To Kill Your Houseplant” as it has lots of easy to follow advice, based on each plant. The Little Book of House Plants is also great.
Throw Light Around with a Mirror
As we’re in the darkest months now, making the most of any light that comes in is a must. An oversized mirror above your mantlepiece is an easy, high impact change that will transform your space.
Make Something Pretty To Improve Your Home
Making something lovely for your home is a win/win – it’s a mindful, calming activity when you make it, and you have something gorgeous at the end! I recommend modern embroidery or origami. Candle-making, printing, macrame and pottery are also winners!
I have lots more crafting inspiration on this blog post.
Inject Some Pattern
Whether it’s through new bedding, curtains or cushions, adding some pattern is an easy home improvement that can make a big difference. Adding a patterned lampshade that I made at an origami workshop led me to adding pattern to my plain bling with vinyl stickers. I also used stickers to add interest to my under stairs pantry.
Make a Cosy Reading or Craft Corner
Setting up a specific area for reading (or gaming, embroidery, jigsaws, or whatever your favourite hobby may be!) is an affordable luxury. Think about a comfy chair, lighting (natural and electric), space for the items you need, and what added extras make it even lovelier. For me, that’s space for a cuppa, plenty of natural light, and a cosy blanket. Read more about my cosy reading corner here.
Rearrange Your Shelves
We all love a shelfie, right? Rearranging my bookshelves was such a fun thing to do, and my shelves make me so happy now! See how I arranged my bookshelves in rainbow order in my blog post.
Use Fairy Lights Liberally
I am a huge fan of fairy lights, and use them all year in different ways. Fairy lights are such an easy way to improve your home, without much effort at all. See how I use fairy lights around my home in my blog post here.