Five tips to give your home a fresh start this New Year

New Year, new you, new home. Okay, so a brand new home may not be on the cards, but there are many ways you can breathe new life into your home. Make it feel brand new without breaking the bank.

Give your rooms a new layout

Do you find yourself getting bored of your home’s layout? Giving your furniture a move around can give it a fresh feeling especially when it comes to art and décor.


You don’t have to spend a fortune to give your rooms that extra wow factor. Simple items such a plant, candles, or even plain fairy lights can really spruce up a room. When done well it gives a unique personality and style.


I think we have all been guilty of hording unnecessary items in the home. I can’t count on both hands the amount of times I have found old paperwork and broken or unused items cluttering my drawers.  Decide on what you will do with these items by separating them into categories:

  • Keep
  • Recycle
  • Charity
  • Throw away

If you are a student around the Manchester area you can donate your clothes, books, electricals and unopened, non-perishable food to help those in need Give It Don’t Bin It.

Recycle? Why Not Upcycle

Upcycling is a process all about giving a new purpose to old items and is a great way to reduce our footprint. Have an empty bottle of Jack Daniels lying around? Turn it into a soap dispenser. How about those tin cans from last nights soup? Why not decorate it and turn it into some silverware holders?

Pinterest offers some fantastic examples that you can follow and try for yourself!

Get Painting

Is your wall colour looking slightly dated? Then it might be time for a change! Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint can greatly impact the overall design of a room without having to dig deep into your pockets.

If you fancy getting a bit more creative and want to liven up a space even more a feature wall is where it’s at. I’ve seen someone create a giant chalkboard from a wall, the possibilities are endless.

Do you currently live in a rented property? Getting permission to decorate can sometimes be a hassle especially when it comes to painting. 

In the case that you can’t get permission or have been denied there are many alternatives on offer that you can use without affecting the décor.

  • Decals are a great choice and can be removed by simply peeling them off.
  • Stencils can make a wall look completely different and can be painted over at the end of a tenancy.
  • Tapestries are highly popular in student properties and are a fantastic way to change the look of a wall.

If you are looking to put up posters on your walls make sure not to use blue tack as this can leave irreversible oil marks and can impact your deposit when you vacate your property.