The way you decorate and furnish your home should reflect your personality and style. If you’re looking to try something new, here are a few ideas.
Knives, forks, plates and bowls can look old and scratched after a while, so you might want to think about replacing them. If you enjoy having guests over and you want to impress them, consider having silver cutlery and a china set for special occasions and having simple crockery and stainless-steel cutlery for everyday use.
Change cupboard handles for an instant upgrade. There are so many options, from vintage-looking knobs to handles with more contemporary designs and colours.
Kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters, slow cookers and food processors can really tie a kitchen together. Try coordinating your appliances and sticking to one colour or shade, such as silver, grey or black.
Under-cabinet lighting not only makes it easier for you to see when you’re prepping food, but it’s also a great alternative to leaving the main light on for when you go down to get a drink of water in the middle of the night.
Make the couch seem more inviting by getting some throw pillows. Choose some different colours and patterns but try to keep them in the same palette. To make it seem extra cosy, make sure you have a blanket to hang over the back of your couch so that it’s there when you need it on colder nights.
Get rid of those old, dusty curtains and add start afresh. Go for something bold or simple, depending on the décor of the room. If you have large windows or limited space, go for low level radiators which are modern and sleek, and won’t take up all your wall space. Check out your local art gallery or thrift store for some artwork to cover boring, bare walls.
Placemats and coasters are bound to get ruined from years of use, so they’ve got to go at some point. Keeping your old ones can make the room look a little shabby, and not in a chic way. Try swapping your plastic and cork ones with something different, like wood or slate.
Cover a stained and aging table with a tablecloth, or better yet, get a new table. If you feel like changing it up a bit every now and again, get some different tablecloths so you can have diverse designs or patterns every time one needs a wash.
Having a centrepiece on your dining table is a simple way to dress up a room. You could even have different centrepieces for different occasions. My favourites are a candelabra or candlesticks, a vase of flowers, a fruit bowl, or a small sculpture.
Because you’re constantly sitting on them, your chairs are bound to get a little worn. This is especially true for people with pets who like to claw at things and climb on them. Reupholster your chairs with a brightly patterned materials. Look online or at haberdasheries until you find a material that’s right for you. Ask your friends for help if you don’t think you can reupholster them yourself.
Declutter your room with under-bed storage boxes. Because all your belongings will be neatly stored away, your bedroom will look even more spacious. This is a subtle way of storing your things, as your bedding will hide the boxes. You can also get boxes that match wooden and metal bed frames.
You’ll have read a thousand times before that you shouldn’t be using your phone, tablet or laptop before bed. If you don’t already have one, get a bedside lamp and swap your eReader for a paperback book. If you already have a lamp and are getting bored of it, buy a new lampshade.
Throw out those raggedy sheets you’ve had for the past decade and invest in some new bedding. Try out some different textures, from luxurious silk sheets to Egyptian cotton duvet covers. Bedding can really brighten an otherwise dull room.
A mirror with a decorative frame is a great statement piece. Every bedroom needs one, and you can have a small, wall mounted mirror or a floor-length, free-standing mirror.
Upgrading your bathroom could be as simple as getting new towels and washcloths to match the furnishings and replacing the grubby faucets in the sink and bath.
Forget about a towel rack; flat panel radiators are great places to hang your towels to dry and to make sure they’re nice and warm for when you get out of the bath. Ditch your plastic washing basket for a stylish wicker hamper.
Give your bathroom a facelift by regrouting the tiles. It will instantly make your bathroom look cleaner and vibrant, without having to replace the tiles.