20 Quick Updates For Your Rooms

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.

By Sarah Warwick


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  1. Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
    DÉCOR TIPS & QUIPS from AlphabetPIX.com
    Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
    Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
    Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
    Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
    No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
    Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
    Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
    Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
    To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out http://www.alphabetpix.com. Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love AlphabetPIX.com pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
    Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
    by T. Miller
    Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
    Create your own personalized name art with Photos That Look Like Letters at http://www.alphabetpix.com!


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