The start of a new year is often a challenging irony; lots of energy and creativity, but little money! We are itching to redesign, recreate, refresh and renew our homes but festive season spending has left us unable to fund big renovation projects. But not every creative idea has an expensive price tag, here are some cost effective ways to make the new year impact you desire:
Rethink your room layout; rearrange furniture, reposition artwork, and consider moving pieces from one room to another for a new look. If the very idea of pushing, lifting and carrying heavy pieces from one spot to another already has you huffing and puffing, consider using one of the many user-friendly apps available to test your layouts before the physical work.
Create a feature wall with artwork, wallpaper or paint to redefine the focal area of a room; this may be the perfect opportunity to put your leftover paint from previous projects to good use. Alternatively scour markets and shops for a one-of-a-kind piece that will demand attention. Why not give a vintage standing lamp, a statue or sculpture, large mirror or an antique small piece of furniture pride of place?
Original artworks do not need to cost a fortune; you can frame almost anything, from your favourite travel photographs to a captured memory such as a restaurant menu or theatre tickets, from personal treasures such as heirloom jewellery to pages from your most-loved book. These will be completely unique and are great conversation starters.
Natural light and how we allow it into our homes can have a significant impact on the look and feel of a room. By changing your window treatments, you not only have the chance to optimise how you use natural light, but also how you frame a beautiful view or hide an unsightly one. By choosing a window finish such as shutters, you can control both these aspects, and add a classic décor feature to your space. Shutters do not date; unlike fabric window dressings they are timeless and complement all décor styles, so a good long-term investment.
It is amazing how simply refreshing the soft furnishing of a space can give it a new look. Linen, throw and cushions are ideal ways to change a colour palette, especially if you have previously designed smartly and opted for neutral big pieces.
Don’t waste that new year creativity, consider one or all of the above tactics to refresh your home.
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