My home is a very important place, my space which I have chosen to reflect me and my family. I believe that how you decorate and organise your home can have a profound effect on the rest of your life (or maybe I’m just shallow!). It can certainly bring a smile to your face and make you breathe a sigh of relief at the end of a busy or difficult day.
I have studied interior design and renovated many properties over the years plus I’m constantly adapting my own home to reflect changes in lifestyle or fashion. I know that very small changes that don’t cost much can make a huge difference so look out for my tips and post your own too!
Quick and Easy Room Updates
Here are some tips to help you update a room that’s looking a bit tired or dated, some of them might seem a bit simple or obvious but they really do help!
Try to see your room through the eyes of a stranger. Imagine an estate agent is coming to value your house. What areas would you need to change? These are most likely to be:
- Tidy up and declutter! Do you really need all that stuff? Have a good clear out and think up some clever storage solutions, baskets for toys, remote controls, dvds, game consoles etc. These are well placed on the bottom of a shelf unit if you have one. Ikea is a good source of storage or Ebay. Measure your shelf and try to get matching baskets or boxes to fit the space.
- Clean! Take a close look at your paintwork and floor, it may only need a wipe over to look as good as new. Touch up any scratched or dented paintwork with leftover or matched paint.
- Are you making the best use of the space? Try rearranging the furniture to see if it works better. Sometimes this is enough to make it feel like a new room!
- Never underestimate the power of new cushions! These are a relatively inexpensive way to update a room or introduce a new colour. If your scheme is fairly neutral then this may be all you need to add.
- If your budget stretches a bit further then consider coordinating some lamp shades with your cushions and perhaps a rug or new curtains.
I’ve mentioned Ikea and Ebay as good sources of reasonably priced items. I would also look at Dunelm Mill, Homesense (the home version of TKMaxx), B&Q, plus don’t discount the supermarkets, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s all have great home products at good prices. I also like H&M online for their really funky, inexpensive but very stylish homeware.