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Here are our top 10 simple yet effective ways to transform any room without having to do too much DIY!
1. Artwork and rugs - To instantly transform the theme of a room, buy some new artwork and a feature rug with the same colour scheme, or matching patterns. This is a perfect way to add a splash of colour without taking the lid off a tin of paint, especially in a neutral room. Alternatively, if you are a fan of art and have a few pieces in your home, try moving the artwork around into different rooms. You’ll be amazed at the impact it has.
2. Lamp shades - Bold or neutral, big or small, the variation of the lamp shade is endless! Having one colour for different styles of lamp shades (or having them all in the same style) in a room will give a chic, modern feel. Whereas for a more vintage, edgy look, different styles and a selection of colours will stand out and have a greater impact.
3. Feature Walls - Painting is the easiest way in which you can transform a room, and is extremely cost effective, especially if it’s just one wall that you want make it a feature of. Painting one wall or having one wall with patterned wall paper will liven up any room. If you don’t fancy painting then bright or boldly patterned blinds or curtains will give a similar effect.
4. Accessories and small details - Buying new accessories is so much fun and can completely change the style of a room. Although the list of home accessories is almost never ending, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. If you like your accessories to stand out and steal the focus of the room then larger items such as vases work well displayed in a pair on a high surface such as a shelf or mantel piece. Smaller details work well too, things like coasters, plants and flowers which can be changed regularly bring a fresh new vibe.
5. Lighting - Lighting can have a big impact on the mood and overall presentation of a room. A room should have three light sources – not to be used at the same time, but to ensure that each section of the day is matched with appropriate lighting. Two side lamps as well as the main over-head lighting will give you the option of having a dimmed, warmer feel to the room once the sun has gone in and your curtains are drawn. Candles are also a lovely touch and work as a great accessory – even if you don’t light them.
6. Mirrors - A well-placed mirror can work wonders. Making the most of the room’s natural light, a mirror can open up a small space and enhance good views. Mirrors can be used to trick your guests’ eye and create the impression of an additional window. Mirrors placed behind furniture suggest there is more space, a very subtle but effective design technique.
7. Bedding - There’s nothing better than new bedsheets. Decorative cushions and patterned sheets are such a good way of transforming your bedroom and giving it a new colour scheme. If your wall colours work well with a variety of colour schemes, then treating yourself to new bedding is a fun way of changing things up. Embrace the spring and choose clashing floral patterns to create a playful, colourful mood.
8. Refacing - If you’ve noticed that the style that you loved ten years ago may need a bit of an update then refreshing your kitchen or bathroom couldn’t be easier with this great cost effective method. If your cabinets are still in a good condition, then simply replace the doors and not the entire cabinet box. You can transform your kitchen or bathroom to a completely new style. Remember to check the cabinet structure to ensure that refacing is an option for you.
9. Family photos - If you’re a fan of displaying photos, or it’s something that you have just never got round to doing, framing pictures is a nice way of creating a warm and friendly feel to your home. If you’re spending time with friends and family over Easter, it will provide a sentimental touch and photos are also a great talking point. Get your photos printed in black and white if you prefer a more classic look.
10. Fireplace decorations - For the months that your fireplace is no longer in use, use the space to create a new central focus to the room. As long as you clear it out properly you can display almost anything. Candles, flowers, plant pots, vases or a wooden log display could all work well during the warmer months and makes use of a great space.
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