I truly love our home, it’s our forever home. But there are times when I want to reinvigorate it, especially this time of year as we head into Spring. I probably notice it more as I work from home so am in it most days, 24/7! But it’s not about redecorating or remodelling. That’s just not an option right now – it can be timely & expensive. And if you rent it may not be possible at all. Fortunately, there are some great ways to refresh your home without spending a fortune. Here are some of the best.
Change Your Bedding
It’s amazing how much of a difference bedding can make to a room. If you have plain walls go for some patterned bedding. Remember, comfort is always the most important thing when it comes to your bed, so pick quality linens, like those from threel. Try to also stick to relaxing colours, which can help you sleep.
Hang Some Pictures
As a blogger I have so many digital photos but not many framed! But pictures, whether photos or art, can make a great addition to any wall. To make a statement, get miss-matched frames, or all different colours, shapes and sizes, and hang them down your stairs, or in your hallway. Include photographs of friends and family, as well as art work or photos. If you’re on a tight budget, find some wall paper, wrapping paper or material samples you love, and frame them, to create cheap, effective art work.
Get a Throw
If you’re tired of your sofa, cover it with a throw. A big, colourful throw doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can easily create an eye-catching feature.
Make a Splash & Change Your Shower Curtain
If you want to change the look of your bathroom, it can easily be done by swapping your shower curtain for a different colour or pattern, and then buying a rug or mat to match.
Add Some Mirrors
Mirrors can look great in any room, but are especially effective when it comes to making a small space bigger. If you’ve got a small room, place some decorative small mirrors or a larger feature mirror on your walls. This will draw the eye and give the illusion of a much bigger space.
Don’t Be Afraid of Colour & Paint a Wall
If you can, adding a feature wall can be a cheaper alternative to painting the whole room. Feature walls give you the option to do things you wouldn’t normally do. On just one wall, patterns or bold colours can be eye catching and look fantastic and the cost of a tin of paint is relatively inexpensive.
Add Some Extra Lighting
Ceiling lights and cool shades are great. But, there is a lot more that you can do with lighting. Add some floor lamps or wall lights. There are a huge amount of lights available, so have a look round and find some that fit your style and budget. Etsy is a good place to look for small, independent designers creating unique flooring and lampshades relatively cheaply. Candles are also good for adding ambience cheaply, especially if you make candle holders yourself using tin can art. These can look incredibly stylish and add atmosphere to any room.
These tips could be employed across your entire home. I think the most important thing is to let your personality & style shine through. Your home needs to be a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable, so why not try some different styles until you find what works for you.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.