With Christmas fast approaching, it’s probably not the best time to plan an interior makeover. However, if you can wait a few weeks, a New Year is a fantastic time to refresh your home. You don’t have to change every room, or spend all your wages to achieve a magnificent outcome. Here are some simple and budget-friendly ideas that will enable you to update your home in 2017.
Play around with your palette
If you’re looking for a straightforward, affordable way of switching up your interiors, it’s time to get your roller at the ready. Changing the colour of the walls makes your room look completely different. You can transport yourself to a different era, or try out a brand new style. Swap four neutral walls for a combination of light shades and colour pops. Or go for a bold colour accessorized with white or black accents. Have a look at some paint charts, and peruse some magazines for ideas. Don’t be afraid to be brave and take risks. You can always grab some tester pots and have an afternoon of experimentation.
Have you got pieces of furniture that you don’t particularly like lying around? Are your chests of drawers looking tired or your wardrobes on their last legs? If so, don’t throw them away just yet. Upcycling is all the rage, and it could make a massive difference to the look of your home. The aim of the game is to take something old and revamp and revive it. You can carry out repairs to chests and units using industrial adhesives, or treat the wood to a varnish and paint job. You could reupholster dining room chairs or sand down a painted table to reveal the original finish. Even simple touches, like replacing drawer handles or knobs can create a brand new aesthetic. If you’re new to upcycling, you’ll find some useful information and tips online.
Be more relaxed
Are you a fan of sites like Pinterest and Instagram? Do you love flicking through interior magazines? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the flawless showhome look has gone out of fashion. Look around at what’s in style these days. You’ll find an endless stream of images capturing relaxed, cosy spaces. Throws are draped casually over chairs and mismatched cushions piled high on the bed. When you’re shopping for new accessories or soft furnishings, embrace this laid-back look. It’s perfect for making your home look and feel comfortable and welcoming. It also means you don’t have to waste time straightening pillows or making sure your blankets are in neat piles.
Are you looking forward to treating your home to a mini makeover in the New Year? If so, take these ideas on board, and search for inspiration online. Jot down some ideas and take cuttings from magazines. Think about changing colours or switching up the style. If you’ve always gone for modern accessories, why not try something a little more retro? Make use of what you’ve got. A dusty old bookcase could become a beautiful display cabinet if you’ve got the right tools and you’re feeling creative. Embrace new trends. If you want your home to be a chilled-out, family-friendly space, the relaxed, lived-in look is ideal.