10 tips to transform your home without breaking the bank
20 Apr 2016
Add dimmer switches
Good lighting makes a world of difference to the look and feel of a place, and switching static light switches to dimmer switches is a simple, relatively cheap endeavour that can completely revamp a room.
Clear away your clutter for a quick update. De-cluttering is not only good for your stress levels, but it makes a room more inviting in a snap.
Replace soft furnishings
Adding throw pillows or new bedding can really change the look of a room. They bring in colour and texture without having to replace furniture. Plus, you can easily change up the colour scheme to match the season- or your mood.
Add a coat of paint to refresh a room
Nothing gives a space a more dramatic update than a fresh coat of paint; it’s the best affordable way to deliver a huge transformation. Play it safe with muted, neutral tones or add a pop of bright colour with a feature wall. Trend-followers should look to pantone; 2016’s colours of the year are spring-appropriate shades ‘rose quartz’ and ‘serenity’.
Make your entrance inviting
First impressions matter, and a touch of landscaping can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. A good lick of paint to the front door, a welcome mat and a few potted plants can make all the difference.
Revamp your kitchen
Transform your kitchen in an instant by adding new cupboard door handles or small appliances. Updating small details like this can give your kitchen a surprising facelift without replacing anything.
Install a mirror
From cramped bathrooms to narrow hallways, there is no better friend to a small space than a well-placed mirror. Mirrors placed opposite a window or behind a light source amplify the light and create the illusion of a bigger space.
Add more storage
Incorporate storage items into your décor as much as you can. The more storage you have, the less clutter will accumulate and the more ‘put together’ your place will feel.
If you think your space is in need of a revamp, it might not be the furniture that’s the problem. You don’t necessarily need to replace pieces of furniture, simply changing shapes or altering the flow of a living space can do wonders.
Add finishing touches
Candles, coffee table books and fresh flowers are finishing touches that can brighten up a room in an instant, while adding a splash of personality.