quick easy home accents

It has literally taken me ten years to get my apartment looking just the way I once wanted it to look. Unfortunately, my style has changed in those ten years, so if I could, I would replace everything I own. Sadly, the bank account says that’s not an option. What is an option though, is for me to add update a few accents to keep my space looking fresh and new.

So whether you love your existing home décor and just want to freshen it up for the season, or are like me and would love to overhaul everything but it’s simply not in the cards, here are three simple and quick ways you can freshen up your space any time of the year.


Add Picture Frames, or Replace the Pictures in Them

update space with framesI’m a big fan of displaying my most treasured memories in picture frames on walls and various surfaces throughout my apartment. Doing so is a simple way to add interest and an element of personality in any home, no matter the size. I especially love to mix up the kind of frames I use, and think contrasts between wooden and glass frames, or black and white frames add a certain level of interest in your décor.

If you already have a lot of frames in your home, consider updating the photographs within them to freshen up your space. You could select a theme, like “travel” and update all your photos in a given room to some of your most recent adventures. Or perhaps you decide on a black and white theme and have some of your favourite memories re-printed in monotone. Regardless, frames and the prints within them are an easy way to update your space.


Augment your living room furniture with an ottoman

update decor with ottomanIn my opinion, ottomans’ are the bee’s knees when it comes to living room furniture. They are an easy way to update your décor, while also adding an element of practicality. I mean, let’s be honest … who likes to watch TV without their feet up on something? No one I know! Even better, a lot of ottomans also serve double duty as additional storage, like this ViscoLogic Flip Lift Top Ottoman, so you can put your feet up while knowing that all your extra blankets, magazines, or children’s toys are safely out of sight and out of mind.


Update your bedding

update decor with duvetAs someone who recently replaced her duvet cover with a brand new one in a new, bright white, I can tell you that doing so can make a huge difference in your bedroom décor. Replacing or switching out your duvet cover to a new pattern or colour is so easy to do, doesn’t put a huge dent in your bank account, and really freshens up your space with very little effort. I’m a big fan of white in bedrooms these days, especially insofar as bedding is concerned, so am in love with this 7-piece duvet set from Tresco. It’s got the fresh white that I love, and you can easily add some spice with some contrasting throw cushions or a throw.


Updating your space doesn’t have to mean replacing furniture or emptying your bank account. These are just three of the many quick and easy ways you can add home accents to update your space. For more inspiration, check out my post on 6 Great Ways to Update Your Home on a Budget.

Stacey McGregor
Stacey McGregor is a marketing and communications professional based in Vancouver, BC. She has a passion for the written word, loves learning about new technology and gadgets, and enjoys sharing what she learns through Best Buy's Plug In blog.