Interior Design Tips To Re-energize Your Home

Interior Design Tips To Re-energize Your Home

Spring is all about fresh beginnings, so now’s the perfect time to give your home an inspiring new look. It doesn’t need to take days or cost a fortune with our clever decorating ideas.


Clear out

De-cluttering is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to refresh your home. Be ruthless and throw out anything you no longer love or use – give clothes, shoes, books, ornaments and crockery to charity or sell them online; look to sell CDs, DVDs and electronics; think about donating old glasses to charity. Make sure everything that’s left has a tidy home by investing in some attractive baskets and boxes, and adding extra shelving or hooks if needed.

Add some color

Change the whole look of a room in just a day by painting a single feature wall (or even a door or skirting boards) in a bold new shade. Then simply add accessories such as cushions, throws, lamps or vases that pick up this accent hue.

Think of the air

Scented candles and reed diffusers can create a fresh, cozy and clean atmosphere in minutes. Try Febreze candles, which not only fill the air with fragrance, but also eliminate odors rather than disguising them.

Notice the details

Glass is a magnet for dust, so while your windows may not look particularly dirty, cleaning them is guaranteed to dramatically improve any room. Mix 2 tbsp vinegar into a small bucket of warm water and wash the glass inside and out before buffing it dry with newspaper to banish streaks and make them sparkle. Do the same with any mirrors in your home, too.

Reassess your furniture needs

Is there an armchair you never use? Perhaps you could do with a larger chest of drawers? Or maybe a smaller coffee table would suit the design style of your living room better? Think about saving valuable space with multipurpose pieces, such as a sofa bed instead of a double bed in your spare room, or a footstool with hidden storage to hide away clutter. Finally, look at the layout of your rooms. Sometimes simply rearranging your existing furniture can make the space feel radically different.

Upcycle

This is a great way to breathe new life into old furniture and accessories. Paint plain wooden tables and chairs a cheery new color; swap drawer and door handles for new ones; revamp cushions or curtains by adding a ribbon or even pompom trim; spray-paint vases and picture frames; and cover boring boxes or box files with brightly-patterned paper.

Be clever with coverings

Less than keen on your existing floor? Hide it with a large rug to transform your room within seconds. Available in a huge array of patterns, colors and textures, you’re bound to find one you fall in love with.

‘Layer’ light

Take a tip from interior designers and make sure your rooms have several ‘layers’ of light. As well as a central ceiling pendant, consider adding floor, table and wall lamps. This way, you can turn up the brightness when you’re busy in the early evening, or create a cozy, welcoming glow with just a few pools of light at night.

Position mirrors with purpose

Another tip professional interior designers swear by is to make rooms feel brighter by using mirrors or mirrored furniture to bounce light around. Hang a large mirror above a fireplace, sofa or bed, then add shiny or mirrored accessories such as vases, picture frames or lamp bases.

Use wallpaper wisely

Wallpaper is a big interior design trend, and it’s a great way to add personality. However, you don’t have to paper all four walls – covering just a chimney breast, an alcove, or a single feature wall with an eye-catching pattern can make a big impact without overpowering the space. Want something out of the ordinary? Look for new ‘optical illusion’ wallpapers, which mimic the look of wooden planks, bricks or marble, even bookshelves.

Sort out the sofa

Your sofa is the focal point of your living room, if it is dirty or tired, the rest of your scheme will seem so, too. Give it a new lease of life by vacuuming it thoroughly to remove dust and hairs and washing the covers (use a steam cleaner if they’re not machine-washable), then make it smell fresh and clean with a spritz of Febreze fabric refresher. Finally, add new cushions and a cozy throw.

Go green

There isn’t a room in the house that can’t be cheered up with plants or greenery. Let the outside in by placing houseplants in pretty pots on windowsills, growing herbs in the kitchen, and hanging ferns in planters from the bathroom ceiling.

Give the front door some TLC

Make your home feel like new from the minute you walk in the front door – by repainting it. Changing the color of your front door takes just a pot of paint and a few hours of work, but it’s worth it.

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