It will come as no surprise to a lot of you guys that, in the last few years, I have become a complete and utter interiors nerd. There’s something about having our own space to style and reflect our personal tastes (not to mention, bringing those Pinterest dreams to life – am I right?!) that makes me just about as happy as a pig in muck!
Years ago, my mum said to me that your home is never truly ‘finished’ and it’s only now that I’m starting to see where she was coming from. Don’t get me wrong, we adored our living room before but, after taking the opportunity to update things a bit, we have fallen in love with it all over again.
This got me thinking about what we did and why we did it and, on reflection, there are only a few simple actions you need to do to breathe life back into a room. These can vary depending on your DIY skills and your budget (how far do you want to take it?), and you could decide to do one, two or all of them!
Here are my top 3 ways to refresh a room…
1. Switch up your floor
We couldn’t believe the difference that changing our floor made. The new colour and texture opens up the living room and makes it feel like a completely different space. It made us wonder why we left the old one down as long as we did!
Big spender? Try… Splurging on new flooring (or carpet, if you prefer that to hardwood). Take your time and think about what might compliment the other pieces you already have in the room.
On a budget? Why not… Treat yourself to a new rug! There are oodles of choices out there, depending on the colour, style and size you want to try out. TK Maxx, Urban Outfitters and IKEA are great places to start if you aren’t sure (and they won’t break the bank either!).
2. Add a lick of paint
Experimenting with a bold new colour on your walls is an oh-so-easy way to make a room feel new again. We just love our new peach walls, especially on a sunny day. Walking into the room and seeing how bright it looks makes me so happy
Feeling bold? Go big… By painting the whole room! Take home a colour chart from your local DIY store, have a think about what would be a good fit and play with testers before committing. Remember, the very worst outcome is that you won’t love it – and if that happens you can just paint over it again!
In a creative mood? Experiment with… A statement wall. In our bedroom, we have a statement wall for a pop of colour while the other walls remain crisp and white. Meanwhile, our living room is decorated with a mint geometric door to bring a bit of pizazz to a simple cupboard.
3. It’s all in the detail
If floors and walls feel like too big a project right now, I hear you! An EVEN EASIER way to make a change to your home is to update small pieces like ornaments, soft furnishings and even plants.
Got lots of shelving and / or mantlepiece space to play with? Spend a bit of time rearranging things and adding one or two new pieces into the mix. Candles, cacti and even stacks of your favourite reads are inexpensive and add a burst of colour.
Prefer to keep cosy on the couch? Small scatter cushions and snuggly throws are an awesome way to add new patterns and texture to your favourite furniture. Just in time for hot chocolate & Netflix season (AKA Autumn!) too. Bliss…
Whether you’ve got a room in mind that you want to update or, like me, can happily waffle about decor until the cows come home, I hope you’ve enjoyed my 3 ways to refresh a room!
Be sure to let me know if you try any of these out or if you have any fun tips for me to try.
Here’s to happy days at home…