DIY Makeover Tips to Keep Your Home Looking Great

June 18, 2019

Contributive Post*

Periodically going through each room tweaking things is a great way to keep your home up to date, especially if you’re an Pinterest interior addict like myself . It is a much better approach than waiting for 10 to 15 years then redecorating completely. Once things get to that stage where you have to rip everything out and start again, you have no choice but to spend a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some relatively easy ways to give any room a fresh look.

Replace the flooring

Typically, it only takes a few years before your carpet, laminate or wooden
floors start to look worn. Using rugs is a good way to make what you have last longer. But, when things have gone past that stage, do not be afraid to renew your flooring yourself. Provided you work together, a carpet, lino or laminate flooring can be laid in less than a day. If needed, also replace your skirting boards. We found nice skirting which didn’t cost the earth online. It is surprisingly easy to lay. A much faster and better option than rubbing down, undercoating and repainting your old dinged up skirting boards.

Touch up the paintwork

Every year, go through each room and touch up the paintwork. You will be
pleasantly surprised by how much better things look once you have got rid of all of the marks. If you like, you can use the latest colours to change things up a bit. When you do this you do not necessarily have to repaint completely. You could, for example, repaint your doors and dado rails in a modern shade that complements the rest of the room. Or, use some stencils on the walls to create a more interesting finish.

Update the soft furnishings and artwork

Going online and ordering yourself some new artwork, throws, curtains and cushion covers will not take long. Once they arrive, all you have to do is to unwrap and use them. Provided you choose artwork that has roughly the same dimensions as your old photos and paintings, you can simply hang them on the same hooks.

New ornaments and plants

It is surprising what a difference swapping out your ornaments makes, especially if you up-light or down-light the most interesting ones. Buying a nice big statement plant is a great way to brighten up a corner and create a new focal point for the room. And you all know I never need an excuse for new plants. Even a little one on a sideboard can have a big impact on a room, and we all love a new planter too.

Hang a mirror

If one of your rooms always feels a little too dark, try hanging a mirror in it.
You will be surprised by how much brighter it feels. Also, try tying your
curtains back instead of letting them hang freely. You will be surprised by how much of a difference that makes to the amount of light that enters the room.

I am not particularly good at crafts, but if you are you could make your own artwork for your walls. The possibilities are endless. You are only limited by
your imagination and skills. Just go to somewhere like Pinterest to pick up literally hundreds of ideas.

Rearrange the furniture

This is one of my big ones, and one that Dann finds amusing as he often comes home to a completely rearranged room! It’s amazing how much a change of furniture placement can impact the whole feel of a room. We moved our refurbed bench seat (it used to be a Kallax grid) to under this window and I’m completely obsessed with it, plus I love that we can see our plants better!

*Contribution Guest Post – not written by me but edited and checked.

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