5 Simple Ways To Update Your Home Decor


Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve had a great week!  If you missed my post yesterday about the 5 Simple Ways ebook, be sure to download your free copy! 🙂  Today, I’m excited to share 5 Simple Ways To Update Your Home Decor. Make your home the best it can be for the least amount of money possible with these tips!

Here are my five simple tips to update your home decor…

1.  Declutter and dejunk.

It’s easy to get the cart before the horse and begin decorating before cleaning out and cleaning up. Decorating is the fun part, but by decluttering old paperwork, donating items to the thrift store and selling unnecessary furniture, you will be able to decorate much more efficiently and you might even make a bit of money to fund your decorating update! Don’t be afraid to get rid of what you don’t love any longer!

2.  Add architectural interest.

My very favorite way to warm up a space and make it feel “lived in” is to add architectural interest.  I’m a sucker for vintage windows, my old stove board, ironwork and board and batten. In our old house, we installed board and batten on the extremely-textured walls. It made a dramatic change!!


Yowza! After!

The board and batten method we used wasn’t cheap. Because of the imperfections in the bumpy walls, we installed paneling so the wall would be smooth between the strips.  My friend Decor Chick has a super-inexpensive board and batten tutorial that rocks!

 3. Paint a piece of furniture.

If you’ve never painted a piece of furniture before, prepare to get addicted. I’m no expert at painting furniture like my friends Shaunna and Kate, but I’ve achieved some good results.  I’ve snagged beat up furniture at yard sales and thrift shops that is just begging for a new life.  One of these pieces is my apple green desk which everyone loves. I took a risk painting it green, but it still makes me smile and it’s perfect for every season!

Just lovely!  The white garden stool is also a thrift-shop-rescued piece that paint totally changed!

I completely transformed this laminate nightstand with spray paint, a little sanding, stenciling and new knobs. It is one of my favorite pieces!

My friend Kate just took her readers on a little shopping trip for her 8 Essential Furniture Painting Supplies! I say ditto. 🙂

4.  Beautify your bookshelves.

Bookshelves aren’t just for books and collecting dust.  Consider using a shelf or two to display decorative accessories or photo frames. This small addition will add character and personality to an otherwise “boring” shelf of books…and it’s basically free!

Here you can see how I transitioned bookcases in our living room {2 houses ago} from cluttered to simple and neat.  There’s nothing “wrong” with the more cluttered look. I just got tired of it and I really do like having to move fewer items when dusting.

I’m sure someone will mention that the books are turned backwards in the “after” photo. I’m a weirdo who enjoys treasure hunting for specific books. Ha!

Give your bookshelves some “oomph” that reflects your personality!

5.  Seasonally decorate a shelf or mantel.

You might think that decorating seasonally is a lot of work, but it can be as much or as little as you want.  Whether you go all-out for every single holiday or if you just rearrange a few things as season change, either choice is a great way to keep a mantel {or a shelf} fresh and new throughout the year.

Above, you can see a few of my seasonal mantels – Spring, Summer, 4th of July, Fall and Christmas.  Some are simple and others are more extravagant.

Do whatever floats your boat. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re looking to update your home decor after the holidays, I hope these 5 simple tips have inspired you!! 🙂

What is your favorite simple tip to update your home decor?


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  1. Great tips, Myra! My Hubby and I made a resolution with one another to focus on our home. We are right in the middle of a huge declutter and donate phase. We’re both enjoying all the space we are freeing up. Now if we could just find the time to put up some board and batten in the livingroom…. 😉

  2. Myra,
    These are great tips. One of my changes after un-decorating from the holidays is to style my mantel, again. It’s always a good opportunity to just do it different. I’m always mixing and moving items on my bookshelves, a subtle change but makes it feel different. I’m very mood based when it comes to decorating–

    Nice post.
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  3. Love these ideas. I started painting a headboard and side table. Think I might finish it with stenciling idea like yours.
    Seasonal tree-I kept a small Christmas tree in my dining room all last year and decorated it with different color/type ornaments. So much fun. After today I’ll be changing to winter colors until red/pinks in Feb.

  4. Myra,
    I love your ideas- and I am especially inspired by your idea to create a seasonal mantle. I added that to my “to do” list for this year. I am including a picture and a link to this blog post tomorrow on my Links to Love post over at http://www.momof6.com!

  5. Thank you for the mention, Myra! I’m really no expert either…just not afraid to get messy and go for it. And make plenty of mistakes, lol. You know I’m in LOVE with all of your furniture makeovers!

  6. I have a question about your front door…I love it and was wondering if you just painted your door or actually replaced it?

  7. This site is a blessing to all those needing some great ideas and advice. Thank you for sharing. Y
    ou are a new friend!

  8. That’s a great tip to declutter and dejunk! I feel like many people have way too much junk! Like you say, you will be able to decorate much more efficiently without clutter. Also, you may save some money!

  9. I love that you included having a seasonal mantle as part of your home decor! I’ve always loved changing up a mantle or other display area to represent the season. Like you said, it can be as simple or as complicated as you want, but seasonal decorating can add a lot to a home. Thanks for the article.

  10. These are great suggestions! It’s amazing what little projects can really do to change the overall look of your home! Nice work! Thanks for the ideas!

  11. I love love love your piece of advice to add something organic to the room you are decorating. I definitely agree that when you add a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit to any room will be easy because, as you suggest, there is little maintenance or skills required! Plus, it will always add a pop of color to the room! Thanks for your insight!

  12. Hello Myra!

    You know i have a great interest in home decorations. I have spend my a lot of time doing something different for my house. You have given great tips about home decorations. Thank you so much for that. 🙂 before and after pictures of home decor totally surprised me. great work!

  13. Hey, great share……

    You have shared some really amazing ideas to decorate a home. No matter how much we love a room or our entire house, sooner or later it comes to a point when we get a little bored of the same things. Your ideas are definitely going to be helpful.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing more…


  14. I absolutely love the decorating the mantel seasonally, and painting single pieces of furniture to pop. Thank you so much for sharing these decorating hacks!

  15. Hey!
    I love the creative ways that you incorporated. You have some great ideas for home decor here.I am going to try spray paint my lamp table. I hope it will turn out as beautiful as your laminate nightstand .

    Thank you for sharing creative ideas. 🙂

  16. I was thinking to pain my old furniture. And i found your amazing post. It has so many tips and ideas . Wow! such an amzing post ever. I just want to give a thumbs up.

  17. Hey Myra, great post indeed. Your tips to home update are very informative for me. I’ve been planning to update my home kitchen, bathroom and dining place. Your DIY ideas will be effective to do excellent makeover into my house.

  18. Love these tips Myra. There are lots of ways to update your home decor but your #1 tip is really key I think. Decluttering always helps and one of my best ways to do that is to use your walls and shelving.

    I always say ‘decorate with what you love’. If you love books, get book shelves that show them off in a decorative way. If you love wine, use wall wine racks that get those bottles off the floor or counter and onto a rack that’s decorative. If you love pictures, find a wall that will allow you to display your pictures in a way that’s attractive to the eye.

    Thanks for the great tips,

  19. Hello Myra, you have shared great tips. I love your home decoration ideas. It’s very easy and simple way to decorate home. I like these types of tips very much. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog.

  20. Hi Myra,

    Declutter and dejunk is always my go to for getting started with updating my home decor. It’s so easy to collect stuff and the stuff to put stuff in, LOL! If you can get rid of the junk it’s often easy to see how much room you now have to make some great update.


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  22. i wanted to Update Your Home Decor but had no idea where to start and how to do it, you made it so easy, i have confident now i can do this, really appreciate it

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