Hands up who isn’t fed up of their home yet? No one. We have all been stuck indoors for nearly a year now and many of us are sick of seeing the same four walls day in and day out. This coupled with spring fever makes it the perfect time to pick up some paint nrushes, get the laptop out for some online homewares shopping and spruce up the home… It can also get quite expensive – trust me, I am currently pricing up revamping my whole flat and weeping at the costs. Despite this, however, there are still ways to be able to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank. Updating the colours of your walls, rearranging spaces, and spluring the cash in the right places can do a world of good for you and your home. So if you’re thinking of revamping your home, here are some of the simplest, but most impactful things you can do around your house:
Often, a fresh coat of paint can totally transform your space. Whether you’re changing the shade on your walls or adding some new colours for highlights and accents, repainting your home is always an affordable way to give it a new look. House Beautiful’s tips for paint colour ideas points out that you can start by painting your door a bold colour — it’s the quickest way to make a statement. Paint your entryways a bright colour, too, as this can make them look more welcoming and inviting. Most of my flat is white but last year just before lockdown I painted the woodwork and 2 small walls a very dark, almost black, grey and it made the world of difference. The space feels cosier and looks so much more put together – and all for the price of a tin of paint (and new curtains after I dropped said paint on the floor and it went all up the curtains).
With spring on the horizon and another early summer likely spent in lockdown and cooped up indoors it’s the perfect time to give your outdoor space a little TLC. When it comes to outdoors spaces it’s always best to spend a little more money and get quality items as they go through a lot facing the elements, especially with the UK weather. Adding solar lighting will give the garden a cosy feel for those balmy nights spent outside with a glass of wine. You can also add in some sleeper boxes for plants which can be made from reclaimed wood from your local builders yard – reclaimed scaffold boards are also sold fairly cheap on eBay and look very industrial-esque after a coat of wood stain. Another quick win is to addnsome good quality luxury rattan furniture which will really bring the whole look together.
Start by moving your bed to another part of your room. If you want to add character and make a big impact, Good Housekeeping’s bedroom makeover ideas highlights texture as the best tool you can use to your benefit. Get yourself some printed sheets with dots, stripes, curls, and swirls. Add a rug under your bed if you don’t have one yet, as it can also make your space look bigger. Additionally, you can make your own headboard if you don’t have one yet, either. All you need is a big piece of cardboard, some good-quality cloth from a second hand store, and you’re all set. When I last revamped my bedroom space I kept the bed where it was, but did shuffle around all the other furniture in the room. This time round I will again be keeping the bed in the same spot but removing a lot of the furniture altogether, like the wardrobe & drawers. Instead I will get 2 clothing rails and some boxes for clothing – it’ll save space and also look a lot more modern.
Separate Large Areas
Apart from adding some privacy to a big room, dividers also allow you to give it more personality. You can either choose ones that are built in, like sliding partitions and foldable glass, or portable ones like accordion dividers that you can easily move. This way, you have plenty of options in case you want to redo your home’s interior. But in the case of the former, Screwfix’s list of internal doors details how some interior room panels are able to slide either to the right or the left. There are also ones that are multifunctional, with spaces where you can put your books and other home items. Your choice of divider depends on the amount of space, and the look and feel you would like to go with.
Breathe Life Into Your Bathroom
Ideal Home’s secret to uplifting any bathroom is using wallpaper with interesting and striking designs, as it is perfect if you have a tiny space to work with. You just need to make sure that the wallpaper you get is specifically made for bathrooms so they don’t peel off after prolonged exposure to moisture and steam. My bathroom is mainly all tiled, and I cannot afford or be bothered to rip them out and get new ones, so if I decided to go a different direction with my bathroom decor I’ll invest in some tile paint to save time and pennies (more money for bathroom plants, amiright?!) Purchase multi-functional furniture, too, like stools you can use for sitting and storing, as well as racks where you can hang towels and put toiletries.
De-clutter & Brighten
Sometimes, all a room ever needs is a good cleaning and de-cluttering to look brand new. Liv for Interior suggests letting a lot of natural light in, too, which can help open up space and make it look completely different. Adding plenty of plants, greens, and outdoor elements is also another inexpensive — not to mention sustainable and environmentally-friendly — way to breathe new life into your house. Plants are natural mood boosters, too, so you’re not only making your home look good, but you’re also allowing it to help you feel good. You can choose low-maintenance plants like Aloe, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Snake Plant, or the Heartleaf Philodendron. You can also get succulents, cacti, or even some of your favourite herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary.