We all want to live in a house of our own imaginings. Unfortunately, if its anything other than getting cosy after a hard day’s work, or relaxing on the weekend, most of us can’t help but shudder whenever the word ‘home’ comes to mind. Homes can be very expensive, and changing and redecorating particularly so.
Fortunately, this doesn’t always have to be the case. There are many ways you can improve your home that don’t require breaking the bank, and you’d be surprised at some of the dramatic, uplifting effects that even a few tweaks can have.
Get the family involved
They say home is where the heart is, and what better way to cement this fact then by surrounding yourself with the images of family and friends? A family photograph or portrait can take centrepiece above the fireplace. Digital picture frames can add that little extra variety to the room, which you can stock with enough photos to ensure you barely see the same image twice. You can even design your own cushions to adorn the faces of loved ones.
But it doesn’t have to stop there. If anyone has a creative bone in your family, a young child drawing her way through pre-school, perhaps, or an avid painter sibling, a bit of family art work can inject a sense of connection and personality to the room.
Transform the walls
After a bit of a lull in recent years, wallpapering is now enjoying a big surge in popularity, which isn’t much of a surprise considering the immense transformative powers a new coating can do for a room. Take a look at our great selection of glitter wallpaper designs and see which best suits your ambitions. From the colour contrast with your existing furniture to the change in lighting, you’ll see a big difference.
Breathe a bit of fresh air into your home
House plants not only look great, they have numerous benefits, from brightening up the house to purifying the air, to reducing stress, and even improving memory retention. Buy some colourful and exotic species to impress the guests with, breathing better air in the process. And if not plants, then why not flowers? They can be great for spicing up a table, shelf, or windowsill.
Or if you’re really strapped for cash…
If the house is looking particularly dreary and your patience is spent, there’s still no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make a difference. Even in the kitchen, perhaps typically the most expensive room to decorate, ideas start from the really small. Start by buying yourself new cutlery, pots, and pans. If you’re in need of a kitchen facelift, paint the cabinet doors and frames different colours, or even try removing the doors altogether (you can always put them on again if you’re not happy!).
And last, but not least, a mirror can drastically change how much light gets into a room, and, depending on the size, make it seem much bigger. Try placing one in that dark hallway, or bedroom. Or glam up your dressing table, and see what happens.