When it comes to home renovations, sometimes it’s the subtle changes that make the biggest impact on how your property looks and feels. You really don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive, elaborate makeovers. This time every year we go on a little DIY flurry preparing the homestead for Christmas, it’s fun and a great way to avoid the cold weather. Here’s a look at a few subtle suggestions to give your home the revamp it deserves.
Replace your internal doors: Fixtures and fittings with scrapes and dents in them can look less than appealing. So, for an instant but discreet facelift, how about replacing your internal doors? With many different styles to choose from, including white doors and classical oak varieties, you’re sure to find something that’ll complement your interior design. And, it’s not actually as hard to do as you might think!
Invest in swanky lighting accessories: While there’s no harm investing in a regular lampshade, excellent lighting accessories can turn any room from average to spectacular with very little effort. Of course, grand crystal chandeliers are not subtle and may not be to your taste, but there are plenty of other options you could go for. If you’re lucky enough to have rustic beams in your home, attaching hanging lights to them can highlight their charm. Just be sure to have a look at some lighting tips from top designers first: you’ll know you’ve managed to get the lighting ‘right’ if you and your guests don’t really notice it. I’m currently obsessing over ginger jar lamps inspired by Kevin Best’s still life photography.
Paint the walls: If the paint on your walls has started to peel or chip, why not factor in some time to touch it up? Freshening up the existing paintwork will do the trick, but just be sure to pay attention to the skirting boards and coving: these areas are often overlooked, and skirting boards are particularly liable to being chipped by furniture. Buy enough paint to touch up these areas as it will really make your whole room feel smarter.
However, if you fancy branching out and trying something a little adventurous, then how about creating a feature wall? Just remember that it’s possible to do a feature wall subtly by choosing a wallpaper that’s a similar hue to the rest of the room, with a very faint print over, metallic finish or rich texture and still make an impact OR why not try a textured paint?
Replace your soft furnishings: Soft furnishings can make your house feel like a home, so it’s worth spending time finding rugs, cushion covers, throws, curtains, lampshades, candles and any other homely decorations that complement one another. Colours that work together such as blues and greys or yellows and greens look appealing and will really freshen up your interior in a very subtle way, so try experimenting with combinations to give your rooms a new lease of life. This time of year is also the perfect occassion to add a little tartan or plaid to get a real warm, snug Christmassy feel.
The smallest of changes can really can make a difference and will get you home Christmas ready in no time.
Christine (Follow my ongoing home inspirations HERE)