This Spring, Clean House! 4 Ways to Reboot Your Home’s Style

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If your pad looks like the jungle Room in Graceland, it's time for more than just Spring Cleaning.James Lange / Alamy

Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing that’s ready for a spring style refresh. Spring cleaning is great, but sometimes it’s best to just start anew. If you’re still rocking the foosball table from your dorm room days or if there’s a picture of a family you don’t know hanging on your dining room wall, it’s time for a full living space reboot. These four easy home style tips will have your abode looking fresh in no time.

Ditch the Clutter

Replace outdated pieces with new ones; think clean, simple lines that make a strong design statement. Designed by mid-century visionary Milo Baughman, this bold chair ($1,539 at Crate & Barrel) features gray basketweave upholstery and metal frame that adds dimension to your space.

Get creative with your nightstand or end table with a modern rustic take on a traditional piece. A multi-toned wood nightstand ($290 at All Modern) adds a contemporary element to your bedroom with its clean, minimal design. 

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Ditch your boring floor lamp for a new model that packs a strong design punch. A brass Pharmacy lamp ($360 at Chairish) fits the bill, featuring a sleek design that lets you live out your Don Draper dreams at least a little bit.

Go Au Naturel

You can’t spend every minute hiking or kayaking, but you can create a home that brings the outdoors inside. Look for pieces in dark greens and blues, or crafted from natural elements like wicker and wood to help you feel closer to nature.

Channel your inner lumberjack and serve up craft beer and organic coffee with coasters made from real logs ($20 for four at Sur la Table). Your guests will love the rustic touch, and your coffee table will thank you for the protection. If you’re handy with a saw, you can even make them yourself.  Then stow away your mess when you have unexpected visitors, or finally organize that video game collection, with braided seagrass storage baskets ($10 at H&M).

Finally, add greenery without the commitment. Even if you have a black thumb, you won’t kill a plant that lives on air ($15 at Etsy). Plus, the metal plant holder adds modern style to even the most basic room. 

Shake Up Your Design

Home design is a lot like a good meal: it needs just the right blend of texture to stay interesting. Add small pieces with textural elements like wood, ceramics, or handwoven fabrics to keep your home from turning into a sea of basic black or boring beige.

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Even a functional piece like a wine rack can make a big impact when it’s hand-crafted. A wine rack made from reclaimed wood pallets ($128 at Etsy) is the perfect way to display your alcohol collection while adding interest to your design. 

Bold wall hangings are a simple way to bring natural textiles into your home. The clean lines of a mid-century modern wall hanging ($52 from Target) add texture to bare walls without getting fussy.

Multi-purpose pieces maximize small spaces and pack a dual-punch when you’re on a budget. This ottoman ($92 at All Modern) brings a natural, homespun element to your living room while doubling as extra seating on game night.

Think Metal

Relive your heavy metal phase by swapping out outdated fixtures with modern brass, or choose statement furniture pieces that feature brass accents.

Whether you prefer your bathroom to be white and minimal or a more vivid design, replacing faucets and fixtures is a simple and inexpensive way to update its style. Polished brass fixtures are popular this spring, and choosing brass fixtures with unexpected circular details ($211 at Home Depot) will up-level your bathroom. 

Retro pieces like space age-inspired chandeliers ($340 from Wayfair) harken back to the 1960s while bringing a funky touch to your dining room. Even the simplest meals take on a different vibe when they’re served under a 20-light Sputnik chandelier.

If home improvement isn’t your speed, make a big design impact with furniture that features brass details. A brass inlay dresser ($898 from Anthropologie) or end table brings modern brass to your space without the commitment of replacing existing fixtures. 

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Furniture that combines textural elements like glass and brass is a bold way to update your style. Choose pieces like this end table ($148 at Hayneedle) that create interest with geometric shapes to maximize the impact of metallic statement pieces. 

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