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How to Refresh Your Home With Minimal Fuss

By Tom Delavan

If you’re lucky enough to be healthy but bored, having already reorganized your spice rack and closet, you might be in need of another project to fill some of the remaining hours of self-isolation. Perhaps, like many of us, you’re also feeling overly familiar with every contour and corner of your home, and are longing for a not-too-daunting, not-too-costly way to refresh it. Here are a few simple home-décor projects you can accomplish without the need for outside help. While none is a huge undertaking — no power tools or wall removal required — each can have an outsize effect, turning a room you’re all too used to into a space that feels at least somewhat new.

Restyle Your Bed

Left: Alexis Amarnet. Right: Henry BourneLeft: The master bedroom of an apartment on Paris’s Place des Victoires, designed by Studio KO, which features a travertine side table and a Vincenzo De Cotiis leather-and-bronze bed. Right: In the master bedroom of the interior designer Rose Uniacke’s London home, crisp white linens offset 17th-century northern European mirrors and a 19th-century French chandelier.
Left: The master bedroom of an apartment on Paris’s Place des Victoires, designed by Studio KO, which features a travertine side table and a Vincenzo De Cotiis leather-and-bronze bed. Right: In the master bedroom of the interior designer Rose Uniacke’s London home, crisp white linens offset 17th-century northern European mirrors and a 19th-century French chandelier.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Danilo ScarpatiLeft: A Stilnovo floor lamp brightens a room in the Venice apartment designed by the architect Fabrizio Casiraghi for his agent, Julien Desselle. Right: In another corner of Desselle’s apartment, Casiraghi juxtaposed a pair of glass sconces with a velvet armchair by Angolo Azucena.
Left: A Stilnovo floor lamp brightens a room in the Venice apartment designed by the architect Fabrizio Casiraghi for his agent, Julien Desselle. Right: In another corner of Desselle’s apartment, Casiraghi juxtaposed a pair of glass sconces with a velvet armchair by Angolo Azucena.

Rearrange a Table (or More)

Left: Henry Bourne. Right: Danilo ScarpatiLeft: An old cabinet from a zoological museum, arranged with books and small sculptures, serves as a space for reflection in the designer Oliver Gustav’s Copenhagen apartment. Right: In the living room of Julien Desselle’s apartment, 1930s Barovier & Toso crystal sconces bookend a vintage Azucena Pinacoteca sofa and an 18th-century Chinese screen.
Left: An old cabinet from a zoological museum, arranged with books and small sculptures, serves as a space for reflection in the designer Oliver Gustav’s Copenhagen apartment. Right: In the living room of Julien Desselle’s apartment, 1930s Barovier & Toso crystal sconces bookend a vintage Azucena Pinacoteca sofa and an 18th-century Chinese screen.

Paint a Room

Henry BourneLeft: When asked to transform a former silk mill on Lake Como into a dramatic home for the entrepreneur Federico Marchetti and the journalist Kerry Olsen, the director Luca Guadagnino chose a palette of jewel tones. Right: The home’s kitchen features a wall of lacquered cabinets in various shades of yellow.
Left: When asked to transform a former silk mill on Lake Como into a dramatic home for the entrepreneur Federico Marchetti and the journalist Kerry Olsen, the director Luca Guadagnino chose a palette of jewel tones. Right: The home’s kitchen features a wall of lacquered cabinets in various shades of yellow.

Reorganise Your Bookshelves

Kyle KnodellLeft: The writer and historian Ron Chernow’s solid cherry-wood bookshelves, crafted by the literary agent and carpenter Edward Orloff. Right: A detail of Chernow’s bookcases, featuring reference material for his 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton.
Left: The writer and historian Ron Chernow’s solid cherry-wood bookshelves, crafted by the literary agent and carpenter Edward Orloff. Right: A detail of Chernow’s bookcases, featuring reference material for his 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton.