1. 20 Ways To Quickly Update Your Rooms
Just one change can make a whole heap of difference. Discover our favourite turnaround strategies for your rooms.
2. Choose A Theme
Giving a room a theme or defined style will make it look instantly smarter – and you don’t need to decorate to do it. Here, a few cushions, and a piece of wall art help evoke a touch of New England chic. However, approach this with caution – any room that’s over- or inappropriately themed (think Mexican hacienda in Essex) just won’t work. Keep it subtle and understated for success. Original Country Oak laminate flooring,Pergo.
3. Create Zones
A room without focus – particularly a big room – will always look chaotic (if it’s cluttered) or soulless (if it’s tidy). So, adding a rug, buying or repositioning a good-looking piece of furniture, and rearranging your lighting to draw attention to the new area will have an instant effect. Be prepared to play around with the furniture and accessories a bit until you find out what works, and keep in mind ath defined areas – in other words, a space for tv, a space for homework or dining… and so on – will help a room feel bigger and better.
4. Paint A Feature Wall
Creating a feature wall is an easy way to update. Which one to choose? It’s best to experiment by painting some large bits of paper with your chosen colour and sticking them up on the various walls one by one. Live with them for a day, see how the light affects the colour and how the splash of that colour on that wall affects the mood of the room. Pick a punchy colour for a warm atmosphere, cool colours to create a calmer feel, and wallpaper to add interest to a featureless room.
5. Hang Pictures
Hang pictures that tone with the rest of your room scheme for a finishing touch that’ll pull the scheme together. Hanging pictures in groups works in the same way as painting a feature wall, drawing attention to that part of the room, so ensure your best furniture is in that part of the room. A neutral room means neutral artwork, but really, you can choose whatever reflects your taste.
6. Make Flooring Fabulous
Swap boring flooring for one with a funky finish. This modular flooring means you can create a look that’s as distinctive as you want. Flor by Heuga.
7. Hang A Mirror
Hang a mirror and you’ll instantly transform a small, dark or narrow space, like a bathroom, bedroom or hallway. Even in a larger room, it will make it lighter and brighter, but best of all, it’ll give a plain scheme a touch of glamour, particularly if you choose a mirror with an intricate frame. Mirror, Ikea.
8. Update Your Curtains
Nothing looks more opulent than curtains that break on the floor, so swap a sill-length design for its more glamorous – and up to date – cousin. If your rooms need extra colour, now’s the time to introduce it with brightly coloured patterned curtains. Interlined triple pleat curtains in Earl Gray Indian Silk, The Natural Curtain Company.
9. Add Accessories In An Accent Colour
Add an accent colour to your room to give it a lift. Just a few hits of a vibrant tone will lift a neutral room – and bring a decorating scheme together. You needn’t spend much – a vase, cushion and throw in a living room will do the trick; candlesticks, a table runner and a lamp in the dining room or just a few plates and pieces of china in a kitchen.
10. Dress Plain Walls
It’s super-simple and cheap to update your walls. Just add a wall sticker. They couldn’t be quicker to apply, and will add decorative detail instantly. You can put them anywhere within a room – but always experiment with positioning before you peel and stick… Wall sticker, Graham & Brown.
11. Swap Curtains For Blinds
Create a more sleek room scheme by exchanging curtains for the more tailored feel ofRoman blinds. This double layered effect means the window still looks well-dressed. Roman blinds, Hillarys.
12. Sort Your Lighting
Lighting a room properly is all important – it can make it feel more welcoming, bigger and, if it’s a big room, well defined. If you don’t have table lamps, invest in some, look at whether you need better task lighting, and consider dimmer switches for living and sleeping areas.
13. Go For Grandeur
Give your room scheme grandeur by looking for an ornately framed mirror or picture, an unusual lighting fixture, such as a chandelier or large standard lamp, or an eye-catching piece of furniture. You can buy these new on the high street, but junk shops orreclamation yards will offer more off-beat (and probably cheaper) pieces. Mirror, furniture, Laura Ashley.
14. Hang Wall Art
Hang wall art for instant prettiness. Adding softly curving shapes to your room is easy on the eye. Metal fish wall art, Really Linda Barker.
15. Add Pattern
A smattering of pattern in a plain room will make it instantly more interesting. There are lots of way to do this – in a living room you could put down a new rug and scatter some cushions; in a kitchen, bright tea towels will do the trick; in a bedroom, a throw or bolsters will make a big difference, while towels will make a plain bathroom look brighter. Accessories, furniture, Marks & Spencer.
16. Move The Furniture Around
All it takes is a little of your time, but rearranging the furniture within a room – or better still around the whole house – can change its appearance hugely, without you having to spend a single penny. Furniture, lighting, Furniture Village.
17. Try A Paint Effect
Stencilling, painting stripes and other paint effects are all cheap and easy ways of creating a new look for walls – and they’re much quicker to achieve than hanging wallpaper. It’s worth experimenting first to get some practice, but even beginners should have their technique sorted very quickly.
18. Splash Out On A Statement Piece
If you buy one really eye-catching piece, whether it’s furniture or an accessory, your room will have a brand new focus (and it might inspire you to revamp the whole room). Chocolate leather pouffes, Wallace Sacks.
19. Repaint Furniture
If you’ve got a piece of furniture you’re bored of, repainting it to tone with your scheme – or as a starting point for a new one – is a relatively quick job. What’s more, you’ll get a new piece of furniture for just about nothing.
20. Redress Your Bed
Had the same dull bedlinen for years? Simply buying something new that complements or contrasts with your colour scheme can make a big difference to a room. Better still, buy co-ordinating pieces that you can layer on your bed to give it a really smart new look. This Kyoto bedlinen is right on trend and is affordable, too. Bhs.
21. Invest In Storage & Tidy Up
It’s amazing how much a new set of shelves, a sideboard or simple storage unit can stash away. Any room that’s cluttered can be quickly tidied up with better storage – or in uncluttered rooms, your best pieces can be put on display and shown off. If you tend to be messy, hide stuff away behind doors; if not, open storage is both practical and attractive.