Will this year be the year you finally get the house of your dreams? How would you feel if I told you that you might already be living in it? With the high cost of moving house simply making it unrealistic for many, why not make 2019 the year you fall back in love with your OWN home! By making some simple changes you can truly transform how you live and how you feel about your house.
Here are my 7 quick makeover tips which you can try yourselves at home. They are simple, accessible and genuinely budget-friendly.
1: Focus on Layout
Make an immediate impact by rearranging your existing furniture. Position sofas to face each other, or your bed to face the entrance of the room to make the most of your space and enhance focal points.
Add pattern, texture and colour by wallpapering a single wall of your room. Go on trend Botanical like this self-adhesive paper from Dunelm, or try modern geometric, such as this Kaleidoscope pattern by Harlequin. Or maybe simple stripes are more your thing!
3: Bring in some colour
Paint – this is a simple and easy way to bring in some colour, warmth and depth. Go bold with Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year ‘Living Coral’, or alternatively a deep midnight blue for a feature wall, or pick a pretty pastel for all-over-colour.
Update your bedroom with adding accessories in an accent colour. A new throw and matching cushions on your bed, or some sofa cushions and a coordinating rug for the living room. Simple, but it will transform the room. This cushion and throw from John Lewis would add a sophisticated touch to any room.
5: Lighten Up
Switch to a ‘dimmer’ to create instant evening lighting, upgrade lamp shades and combine with new table lamps or a ceiling light for both practicality and versatility.
6: Upcycle & Recycle
Give an old chest or table a new lease of life. Paint old wood with easy-to-use chalk paint and add new handles, wallpaper drawer fronts or a table top and add an acrylic sheet to protect it. These chests of drawers have been transformed doing just that! (more on painting furniture and upcycling coming soon!)
Hang some artwork on the walls – this could be as simple as framing family photos in a grouped collage on one wall, or hang a couple of big posters side by side. Smaller pictures can be hung with sticky strips, or use picture ledges, so no need for holes! This arrangement from IKEA is ready to hang and is under £30.
These ideas really don't need to cost the earth.
In fact, they are so budget-friendly that they were recently published in a weekly property column in the national press ...