Short of time or cash but want to change up your interior? We’ve got four quick fixes to update your rooms instantly – and make you fall back in love with your home again…
Neutrals are all well and good, but a few bright splashes of colour really do bring personality and a sense of fun -not to mention a little drama – to your interior. A living room painted in grey, white or pale tones can definitely handle a bright, bold sofa or armchair. Invest in the best quality you can afford – and don’t forget to choose a few contrasting cushions to make a bold statement.
What could be quicker and simpler than adding colour to your interior with bright bedding? Sheets, cushions, quilts – in a selection of colours and patterns – will add instant personality to your bedroom and really cheer up your space. It’s like switching the sunshine on!
Brights don’t have to be in your face – and they don’t have to be expensive either. A sample pot of paint is all you need to makeover dining room chairs or add a modern touch to a side table. Choose a variety of contrasting colours for a bold look or opt for different tones of the same colour for an understated look.
Instantly drawing in light and making your spaces look more expansive and more inviting, even the smallest mirror can brighten up a poky living room or boring bedroom. Pop them on the floor, on the back of a simple chest of drawers – they always brighten up the room. And who doesn’t need a mirror or three in the space where they’re dressing?
When it comes to mirrors, we’re of the opinion that more is definitely more! Group three or four big mirrors together to really open up your space – it’s like having an extra window or two.
Think about using small mirrors to add detail in your interiors – look for unusual shapes or hang them up high for something a little different. Whether you can see your reflection in them or not, they’ll make your home lighter and more welcoming.
The high street has plenty of options that won’t break the bank – or check antiques markets or charity shops for those really unique pieces. A quick coat of paint is also a simple way to personalise your mirror – metallics, brights or pastels work particularly well.
All About Pattern
Don’t worry about pattern making your interior too busy – choose your prints wisely and with taste, and they’ll add movement and personality to your home. If you generally favour monochrome minimalism, never fear – pattern doesn’t have to mean loud, crazy colours! A selection of different patterns in tones of black, white and grey makes for a cool, contemporary Scandi-chic look – perhaps with a house plant here or there to bring things together?
If you only buy one patterned item, make it a rug! You’d be surprised what a big difference a patterned rug can make to your space – whether it’s a geometric design or a traditional Persian carpet. Rugs add instant warmth and cosiness, making a house feel like a home.
And who says patterns need to match? Mix it up to your heart’s content – that eclectic boho style ins’t going out of fashion any time soon. Florals, ethnic patterns, stripes and geometric shapes – anything goes!
Shopping for prints on the high street? Look for unusual shapes and colour combinations, and keep a few pics of the rooms you’re looking to update to hand – it’ll help ensure you pick items that match!
Copper and antique gold are two of the hottest interiors trends of the moment, helping to create a contemporary, chic look in pretty much any room in your house. Metallics work fantastically with lamps and light fittings – the reflecting light serving to enhance the effect and draw the eye. Make an impact with a single lamp – or got for the wow factor with a series of metallic lamps, perhaps in different colours or finishes for an individual look.
Contrast shiny metallics with softness – we love the effect of copper or gold tones against plants. Bring some green into your interior with variegated house plants or striking succulents. Choose a few different sizes, shapes and shades of green to make the plants really stand out.
Dedicate one small area in the room to metallics to try out the trend. Add a few copper-toned accessories into your office space or perhaps choose an eye-catching metallic shelving unit for the bathroom or kitchen.
As it’s one of the most talked about interiors trends of the moment, there’s no shortage of covetable metallic accessories for your interior. On a real budget? Metallic paint is your best friend – quick, easy and surprisingly affordable.
And if all else fails? Splash your cash on one true statement piece that you absolutely love. You can’t go wrong. The bolder, bigger and brighter the better!