The holidays are just past and those credit card bills are coming in now so there’s not so much money available to brighten up your home, but here are a few simple ideas to jump start the New Year.

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1.  Painting a wall or a room is an inexpensive quick fix and if you get tired of it you can always change it again.  These broad horizontal stripes are an unexpected surprise.

focal_wall-resized-6002.  Of course you could just paint one wall for some drama.

books_in_color_order-resized-6003.  Here’s an eye catching idea – arrange your books by color (not height) or cover them in some bright colored book covers that you make yourself.  You could do a wall of jewel tone book covers for instance.

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4.  Pick a color that is already in your room like these pendant lights and add some colored filters or gels to your cove or skylight lighting.

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5.  If you have a bookcase or cabinet with little interest, blow up a photocopy of your favorite recipe and paste it to the back wall.  Add a clear coat over it to protect it.  You could also blow up parts of a book or letter or whatever is personal to you to use in other parts of the house.

Copy of chalkboard_paint-resized-6006.  Chalkboard paint can instantly transform a door (or wall) into a great place for notes, shopping lists, recipes, children’s art work, etc.

mobile-resized-6007.  Have you ever hung a mobile in your home?  They are unexpected and fun and come in a lot of different sizes, shapes, colors and materials.

Copy of screen_as_headboard-resized-6008.  Don’t have a headboard?  Make one of a floor screen, gate, some old doors or simply get some plywood, cover it in foam and then upholster it with fabric.

throws-resized-6009.  You can add some punch to a neutral room by adding throws like these or even some new throw pillows in bright colors.

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10.  Last, but certain not least, is to always nice have some fresh flowers or colorful branches in the house to give it life!