Spring is officially here, and what better way to celebrate than with an uplifting update of your most prized possession – your home. Whether you’re hoping to sell or simply wanting to brighten your own living environment, if the walls are lacking vibrancy, the floors are well-trodden and the furniture appears tired, then it’s time to start planning that all-important Spring refresh.
But don’t panic – rejuvenating your home needn’t leave your wallet wilting! Find your inner Picasso and paint, make and upcycle. Wondering where to start? Leave that to us – we’ve got the ideas, you just need the equipment.
Grab the paint!
Whether you just need a refreshing top coat or an entire new colour palette, there are no disadvantages to repainting interiors. Not only does it brighten the walls but it also hides and covers scratches and marks – features which would have made the room appear dated and unkempt. Consider your colour palette options prior to painting – choose the right colour and you can stylishly coordinate your furniture with it. Remember that colour often reflects mood, so avoid dark, dreary colours, and opt for brighter shades. If you don’t want anything too painstakingly bright, go for pastels instead.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
With a classic statement mirror or a stunning, shabby chic mirrored cabinet, a room can be instantly brightened. To revitalise the room with reflective surfaces, use glass, mirrors, crystal or even strategic lighting – and none of the options need to be too costly, see what treasures can be unearthed at vintage fairs and charity shops. If the room also boasts large windows, then the two combined will truly transform the interior, look and feel of the room. If you want to utilise reflective surfaces but on a smaller scale, try mirror coasters, photo frames and glass collectibles.
It may sound simple, but a game of musical furniture can completely reinvent a room. Whether you pre-design the layout using specialised computer programmes (largely depending on how strong your inner-interior designer is!) or you’re simply looking to ‘give it a go’, play around with the different arrangement options. If this isn’t proving successful, start with a blank canvas – remove all the furniture before putting it back, piece by piece in a new position.
Bring the outdoors in
Nothing breathes fresh air into a home like botanical accessories do. Adding both colour and texture to your home, many indoor plants no longer require high maintenance, so if you don’t trust yourself to nurture it successfully, we’d suggest investing in pots that hold water reservoirs (yes they exist!). Failing that, there’s always the option of artificial flowers.
The art of upcycling
If you’ve caught the redecorating bug, go one step further and try your hand at upcycling. Not only will this brighten the room, but it will also add a unique personality and quirk to it. Virtually anything can upcycled from old jars and hangers, even through to pieces of old cars! Turn to the internet for inspiration and give it a go.
With these ideas in mind, we’re confident that your home will be brightened and refreshed just in time for the new season, all without putting too much pressure on funds.