Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Design Inspiration For A Mini Home Makeover

Are you bored of the colourways in your home? Are you keen to try out your amateur interior design skills? If so, what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to start planning a spring revamp! If you’re searching for ideas and inspiration, look no further. Here are some simple ways to update your home and pull off a stunning mini makeover.

Do some research
Look into the trends for this season, have a wander around some showrooms and look at images online. Choose styles and themes that suit the style and period of your home and start planning. Think about colour ways and design features. Do you want to go for bold colours or a more subtle look? Are you thinking ultra-modern or vintage? Are you keen to enhance or play down a particular feature? If you have ideas, put them down on paper and start creating a moodboard. Although you probably have your own ideas, seeing other peoples’ can make you realise what you can do at home. Adapt ideas and make them relevant to your space. Take elements and bring them together to form a perfect, bespoke design.


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Focus on the detail
Once you’ve covered the major issues, such as paintwork or tiling, devote time and attention to the detail. Something as simple as a lamp or decorative glass and glazing can really bring a room to life. Lift plain walls with accents, such as vases, plants and candles or create a feature wall with patterned paper. Take care to preserve character in older houses. Polish cornices and tread gently on mosaic floors. Complement the style and era with accessories. For older houses, go back in time with vintage style mirrors and a hat stand. For a futuristic vibe, stick with stainless steel kitchen fixtures and black and white vases and wastepaper bins.

Don’t be afraid to upcycle
Upcycling is a fun and economical way of preserving furniture or accessories. Get your sander out, invest in some pots of paint and enjoy the process of customising your pieces. An old chest could become a new book shelf or display unit, for example. This is something we've started to do, so far we have a cupboard painted but we have another four pieces of furniture waiting to be transformed!

Update
If your bathroom looks dated or your kids have grown out of their nursery, you don’t need to overhaul the room completely. Making simple changes can make an instant difference. Paint the walls and remove any furniture, which no longer serves a purpose. Convert a baby’s room into a fun but grown-up children’s bedroom by replacing a cot with a bed and creating a chill-out reading area. Replace character bedding with coloured patterns and add cushions and throws to complete the look. Update coloured walls in the bathroom with neutral shades. Use accessories, such as toothbrush holders, wall units and vases, to add some colour.

Painting and decorating may seem like a daunting task, but it is possible to keep things simple. Look for styles and ideas you like and adapt them to suit your budget. Shop around and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

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