A home makeover doesn’t have to mean a huge expensive reshuffle. By focusing on key elements of our internal decoration, you can make the most of what you have without running out of money. Have a look at these five excellent ideas to start off your home decoration project.
Take something away from the mix
Sometimes, the key to making your home look different lies not in adding new elements, but in removing old ones. Thinning out your furniture or decorative features will bring a modern feel to the home, and taking down some traditional finishing will also radically alter the way the internal spaces work. If you want to be super-modern, you could even remove the skirting boards and have the plasterboard finished to a feng shui shadow gap.
Bring something new into the equation
A single piece of furniture can change the way a room feels. Try to imagine your existing lounge or bedroom with a new element. How will it alter the way you experience the room? Where will you move the existing furniture to make way for it? The key is to find the right new element: a TV, a stereo, a new bookcase or coffee table. Get the starting point right and the rest follows naturally.
Change your taps
You can pick up decent taps for very little – or scour recycling centres and second hand shops for vintage models. They can be plumbed in yourself, too. Turn off the mains water before you begin, of course, and be sure to work with a bucket close at hand. Simply remove the old taps from their site and bolt in the new ones. You’ve changed the whole look and feel of your bathroom and kitchen without moving a single sink, toilet or bath.
Take up your carpet
This should only be done if you can afford to put new carpet down, or if you are sure that the floor surface underneath is worth revealing. Test by taking up a small corner of carpet and looking at what’s beneath. Be aware, though, that in old properties you can’t really tell what state the floor is in until you have lifted the lot. Sanding and varnishing floorboards is very in at the moment, and will give you a beautiful natural feel to your living spaces. Use matt varnish for an understated sheen.
Make the most of your natural light
Natural light can completely alter the feel of a home in and of itself. Make every effort to give it access to all the rooms in your house. You can bounce natural light around stubborn corners with cunningly placed mirrors and white-painted walls. If you don’t like the thought of a white house, get some colourful pictures and place them where the light hits them as well. The colours in the pictures will reflect onto the walls around them, giving the whole home a tone in keeping with the theme. Consider glass inlaid doors to help: look at www.adamson-doors.co.uk.