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Top 10 Tips to Instantly Update Your Home

Check out these tips from HGTV Canada on how to instantly update your home!


Top Ten Tips to Instantly Update Your Home

By: Lynda Reeves

House & Home's best-loved design-guru, Lynda Reeves, shared with us her top ten list of fresh and funky ways to give your home a face lift this year. Read below and get ready to take your home from passé to perfect with just a few simple suggestions.

Just add colour: Nothing refreshes your rooms as quickly as the newest hot colour combinations. In a living room try adding throw pillows in the new colour combinations of tea green and burgundy, sky blue and chocolate brown or yellow and acid green.

Bring Zen to your coffee table: Buy one of the new large square ceramic dishes in a modern colour like banana or pewter grey. Place it in the centre of your coffee table and use it for potpourri or as a holder for four square pillar candles. Or just use it as a place to organize matches, a television remote control and other coffee table essentials.

Make your storage chic: Ebony coloured rattan baskets, plexi-glass boxes, frosted plastic boxes or blonde-wood crates in multiples on a bookcase or a kitchen shelf are a stylish way to store almost anything.

Dress your bed for the season: Find a fabric you love or a freshly patterned sheet from the House & Home Collection and just change your duvet cover and place two patterned pillow cases in a matching print in front of your plain coloured pillows. This will give your bed new punch!

Perk up your windows: By simply adding either natural match-stick blinds, patterned roman shades or painted wooden shutters inside your windows, you can give a room an entirely new feel. Let your old drapes sit as side panels so they continue to pull the room together with their pattern or colour scheme.

Liven up your lamp-shades: Toss out traditional silk shades and replace them with newer parchment paper shades, or even new silk shades in a clean square or rectangular shape.

Tinker with your tabletop: Try setting your table with a different combination by using your old dishes as a foundation. Introduce colourful new dessert plates, coloured chopsticks, and new table linens in delicious seasonal colours.

Freshen up your bathroom: By replacing tired art with chic black and white photography with crisp white matting and thin black frames you can easily give a dated bathroom a modern look. Also, merely changing your towels to a new neutral like sable, pewter, or burnt orange can make a world of difference.

Update your kitchen: Change your faucet to a new brushed chrome goose-neck and change the hardware on your cupboards to match. Maybe it’s time for a sleek new kettle, toaster or coffee maker and don't forget new tea towels on display!

Clear away clutter: Clean out your home office and your closets. Eliminate, organize and edit down to only what you really need. Invest in small details like new hangers, storage baskets, a container for pens and a new desk lamp. You'll feel much better and much more stylish.