How to Keep Your Home Looking Fresh
You don’t need to massively overhaul your home and carry out a complete redecoration to make it look fresh and new. There are a whole lot of things you can do to achieve this without spending a tonne of money and hours of your spare time giving your home a whole new look.
If your home is looking a little bit tired or messy and you’re not sure what to do next, there are a few simple tricks which you can take advantage of to turn that tired living room into something which is warm and welcoming.
Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and get to work. Although decorating a home can be very fun, for some people it is a laborious task which they merely want to get out of the way. Despite this, there is a lot you can do with minimal effort, and the most significant task involved is deciding what you want to buy and then going out to get it. With numerous online retailers available, it should be relatively easy to find some ideas to get you going.
Here are some of our design tips for a fresher looking home.
#1: Switch Out Your Light Fixtures
Switching out your home’s standard and dull looking light fixtures for those that are a bit bolder, elegant, and more interesting, creates a subtle yet effective difference in your home. There are lots of different light fixtures to choose from, and they can be placed anywhere such as a bedroom, above a dining table and in the kitchen. Although it does require a bit of DIY, there are lots of guides online.
Don’t stop at the light fixtures though. You can easily replace your lampshades with something a bit more eye-catching that complements your light fixtures. Lightshades can make a huge difference, especially in smaller spaces, and there are lots of options from big and bold fabric ones with copper interiors to geometric cages.
#2: Touch Up the Walls
You can immediately freshen up a room by painting the walls with something new that at the same time still complements your room well. A fresh coat of paint can revive a room, and doing this can often be all you need to do to achieve a new look.
It’s important to be careful with your color choices, though. If you use a color which is very rich, then you will need lighter furniture to make it work and strike a balance, while using colors that are too light can easily look too bland, especially when you have lots of light and airy furniture in your home. Always look for a paint which has a good ratio of matte to gloss and try to use lighter and more neutral colors whenever possible.
If you want to go for something different, why not try wallpaper? You can explore a wide range of different designs using a site such as Fashion Interiors who also stock some well-known brands like Ralph Lauren and Mulberry! Wallpaper is a lot more durable than paint so even if you splash the cash on a designer brand, it will be cost-effective in the long run.
#3: Add in Mirrors and Wall Art
Adding wall art to walls which are painted with a neutral color is a great idea if you want to fill up what would be otherwise plain wall space. It’s very easy to get wall art wrong, though – always try to find pieces which are big enough to fill up space but aren’t so big that they’ll look cumbersome and out of place. Be careful where you hang your wall art, too. You don’t want to be hanging a painting too high up or too low down. You should ensure that the Centre point of any piece of wall art, large or small, is at eye level. If you are hanging smaller pieces, hang multiple so that you don’t end up with a small frame in the middle of a large wall. Why not go all out and split one large picture up into four small ones?
With mirrors, make sure that you are hanging them perpendicular to your windows and not opposite them. If you hang a mirror opposite to a window or in direct sunlight, then the feeling of having extra space and light will be eliminated when the light that is coming in is bounced straight back out of the window. Any small room should have a mirror as they open the space up and can almost make your room feel double the size it really is.
There are several more ways you can rehaul your room and have it looking fresh without having to go all out and completely redecorate your home. From switching light switches to something more interesting to giving your walls a new coat of paint, you don’t have to spend forever giving your home a facelift. If you are getting bored with certain design aspects of your home, then more often than not a few small changes will make the most significant difference.