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‘If you live in a city, why not bring a little piece of summer into your home with large photograph prints of beautiful beaches, far, far away. This will brighten up any space, serving as a makeshift window into a dreamy vacation – not to mention, it is infinitely cheaper than a plane ticket to the Caribbean!’ – Natasha Birley, Homewings lead interior designer
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‘Freshen up your house with some essential oils. I love using citrus scents like lemon and orange. An easy way to spread the smell throughout the house is to put a few drops in water on the hob and let it boil away.’ – Cassandra Hall
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Try covering some clear bottles (you can reuse candle jars) with tissue paper and decoupage medium. The effect is surprisingly glass-like and beautiful and it can really bring out an accent color. Use washi tape, scrapbook or origami papers in pretty patterns to cover aluminum cans to spice up a desk or to use as a cute herb planter in a kitchen window, or use pretty fabric to cover an old cookie sheet for an instant tray.
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If you want a lot of impact for very little cost, try a DIY art project on one wall of a room. While this is not for the faint of heart, it can offer a huge return with little investment. The canvas above is one I made to fill the huge wall above our library. It is very large and it took forever to make, but five years later, I still love it. It is also the first thing most people comment on in our home!
‘As the sun is starting to come out much more frequently, maximise the natural light in your home to give it a refreshed feeling. The easiest way to do this is to use reflective surfaces, so try positioning a mirror near to a window and the natural light will bounce from it and reflect around the room to create a beautiful sun-soaked home. The mirror opens-up smaller rooms, giving the effect of a larger space!’ – Charlie Thomas
Try a modern look by painting a few canvases with a solid color or adding a gradation effect by fading one color into another. Young Picassos can try their hand, too! Your kids will be thrilled when their work is receiving compliments as the modern wall hanging in the dining room.
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‘Paint! Most home renovation projects seem daunting and time-consuming but painting can be both effective and enjoyable. Just a simple touch-up of your paintwork can make your home feel more refined and new. One tip is to paint skirting and door frames a crisp white, this will really make the rest of your paintwork stand out and give your whole room a fresh feeling.’ – Charlie Thomas
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With just a little bit of time and effort, you can have the change you crave without spending a fortune. And don’t worry about doing everything all at once. Decorating isn’t about expensive designer items, but about using the items that are important, meaningful and joyful to you and using them to inspire within your home. Figuring out what you really like can take a while. I know it has for me!
On the same token, avoid feeling too “themey” or tied to one idea. Themed rooms can quickly become dated or feel too contrived. By adding just a few items that are meaningful and cherished, you can be sure that your house reflects your family and doesn’t feel cluttered or overwhelming.
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And most of the time, I feel like it does, but every few months I start getting an itch to do a little redecorating. It could be inspiration from Pinterest, a magazine photo, or just noticing something cute during a visit to a friend’s house. Over the years I’ve realized that change and beauty are necessary to keep us inspired and motivated, so I am always on the lookout for new, fun, and inexpensive ideas to breathe a little fresh air into my décor.
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‘Paint any old furniture. Choose a sunny shade or pretty pastel to refresh a wooden coffee table or a chair, which then adds a new accent to the room. Add a burst of colour to a neutral space too. While white and grey can be calming, there is nothing like a shot of colour to cheer you up. It could simply be a new cushion, lampshade, blind or splash of paint behind the shelves. It’s easy and cost effective.’ – Raj Patil
‘Change over the bed linen from winter’s chunky blankets and throws to light summery quilts and covers. Also try adding new, delicious smelling soaps and scents such as those from Daylesford and create the dream of a luxe holiday with a fab Slim Aarons print.’ – Benita Barretto
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One of the easiest, least expensive things is do rearrange the furniture you own. Try something different—split up your sectional, put your bed on the opposite wall, or change the end table to the other side of the chair.
Everything old is new again…the 1960s and 70s trend of decoupage can be used in surprisingly fresh and interesting ways to give new life to all sorts of items. A bottle of Mod Podge is just a few dollars. Simply follow the instructions and hit the final product with a coat of polyurethane to finish.
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Frames and boxes also look beautiful with a decoupage cover made of wrapping paper or decorative paper. For something a little funkier, try maps or vintage magazine pictures and clippings. Go really wild and cover a tabletop or surface. The trick to keeping things fresh is to use a uniform color scheme, such as black and white with blue accents.
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Fabric can also be painted. Any canvas-like fabric will take well to latex paint. Rugs and pillows (although not as comfortable) can be easily covered. The old standby of Rit Dye can be used to dye washable fabrics, like throws, as well as curtains. Be sure you test the dye first and don’t color anything you’re too attached to. Mistakes can happen, of course, but so can happy accidents.
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Black and white photo prints literally make everything look great. Try converting some family favorites to black and white, then grouping them together on a wall. Printing them out and placing several together in dollar store frames can make quite a statement. To add a little more to the look, try painting a series of different vintage frames a uniform color.
Sometimes we forget that the best decorating doesn’t come from adding new things, but from paring down to the items you really love. As much as I tell myself that a quick trip to Target will be the answer to my slump, the truth is that most of my restlessness in decorating comes from having too much stuff, not too little. It is always amazing to me how much more I love and enjoy my spaces after I have spent some time getting rid of the things I don’t really like that much.
‘Shake out rugs, cushions and blankets outside to get rid of any dust build up. Then while you are outside, if you have a garden or even just a balcony, create or refresh an outdoor dining area so you’re ready for that BBQ as soon as the sun comes out. Add a few bright outdoor cushions to your table and chairs with some candle lanterns and plant pots dotted around.’ – Cassandra Hall
‘Welcome spring by buying some lovely fresh flowers. Place them somewhere you’ll walk past often. Fresh flowers smell lovely, are beautiful and are an instantaneous home improvement!’ – Charlie Thomas
Decorate using items that are meaningful and important to you—it’s one of the most impactful ways to decorate any space. Framed pieces created and drawn by a child? A framed map outlining the route of a recent family vacation? Some of the best “art” I’ve ever seen!
Rearranging can be a simple undertaking or a day-long project. If you’re really set on the arrangement you have or if your furniture really only works in one set up, try changing out table items. Move the accessories from the living room to the dining room or move in a lamp from the bedroom to a corner of your office.
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‘Get tidying to sort out all the items in storage we keep needlessly in our homes. For instance, go through the wardrobes in all bedrooms and cupboards in the kitchen and living room, throwing out what you don’t need to welcome in new items and accessories. It is unbelievable how we store unnecessary items and furniture at our homes.’ – Hatice Ozhisar
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‘I really love having a feature in my home that I can re-decorate depending on the time of the year. I recommend a metal ornament tree, you can get these for tables or free-standing. They are fab as they look really authentic and it’s fun to swap the decorations around every so often. I love Cox and Cox’s Easter decorations this year but also having such a focal feature allows you to get creative if you feel like making your own, or have kids to help. Get some fun cushions too that really add the feeling of sunshine. Habitat and Maison du Monde have some fab prints.’ – Kirsty Whitfield
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‘Never underestimate the power of new cushion and pillow covers. Switch out your dark, wintery couch toppers for brighter alternatives. It is an easy way to bring a fresh new vibe to any space. Think: bright mustard cushion covers, or fresh white bedding.’ – Natasha Birley, Homewings lead interior designer
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If you aren’t sure what goes with your current color scheme, check out a fabric store. Look for swatches that contain the main colors from your décor, plus an accent. Often remnants can be purchased for deep discounts. Try covering a few throw pillows for a great and easy look. If sewing just isn’t your thing, try covering a dining chair seat. Believe it or not—just a little stretching and stapling can give you an instant room makeover with absolutely zero sewing.
‘Adding plants and flowers to your home is such an easy, but important, way to add colour, texture and scent to a room without any fuss. Tulips, pussy willow or branches of apple blossom will shout out spring, or make a statement with cacti, banana leaves or palms. If you’re not green fingered, go faux. Spring though is all about the world around us. With everyone more conscious about their local environment, there is a great demand for handmade artisan goods and a clear sense of being connected to the craftsman – so take inspiration from and support UK artists, designers and makers.’ – Katherine Ogilvie
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If you have a box of outdated knickknacks somewhere, you’ll be amazed what a coat of white paint can do. Cover picture frames and a few vases or flowerpots with a glossy white paint and you suddenly have a collection of fine “porcelain” accessories that look amazingly uniform and chic on a bookshelf. Try black, red or any solid color. (Watch out though—painting can get addicting!)
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The impact of like-items is huge. Frame the tickets from a sporting event and group them with your son’s prized bobble-head and signed ball. Every time you pass the shelf you’ll smile and remember that day.
‘Clean your windows. When the weather is warm enough to open the windows fully, it’s time to clean the glass and get into the corners. Swap curtains as well. Drapes seal in the heat, so change your drapes to sheer muslin or to curtains, which still provide privacy but let in loads of light.’ – Raj Patil
‘Not everyone loves replacing fresh flowers so there are some really beautiful and authentic silk flowers from The Secret Garden Company. They do some amazing bunches, which last and last! Then it is all about the smell of spring so add some diffusers around the house. I love The White Company’s Lime and Bay and also Seychelles for fresh scents. You could also jump on the succulent air plant bandwagon. They are air purifying plants that make the atmosphere in your home feel much more alive. I love the Gasworthia plant and also the Areca palm is great for this too! There are some great planters too here and here from Notonthehighstreet.com.’ – Kirsty Whitfield
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Also look for subtle colors already in the room, like a hint of yellow in an accent rug, or a bit of blue in a piece of artwork. Once you’ve found a color that speaks to you, add it here and there, and watch as it stands out.
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Adding a new paint color to anything can change the whole look of a piece. Watch for a thrift store or flea market piece, sand it, add a fresh color—and voila! Teacarts, end tables and plant stands can be a great place to start. Bookshelves really stand out when the back is painted. The effect is subtle, but definitely gets noticed.
When in doubt, metallic can make a huge statement—plus, it really goes with everything. Chrome paint, silver trim or brass accents can be achieved with a little paint. New vintage-look drawer pulls or handles can be purchased at home improvement stores and closeouts, adding a lot of bang for your buck.
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‘Spring is the time of year to showcase breezy fabrics. The influence this year is tropical motifs – palm fronds and exotic plant patterns are everywhere – as well as geometric prints. But if neither of those are for you, add a splash of colour in a more pared back way. Large stacks of towels in an invigorating colour is an easy and thrifty way to brighten up your bathroom. New cushions and a soft throw will give armchairs and sofas a cheerful, easy facelift or treat yourself and buy some new bedding to freshen up your bedroom. Don’t forget to check Instagram as there’s so much inspiration to be found there.’ – Katherine Ogilvie
‘As soon as the spring weather is here and the first long weekend knocks on the door, you’ll find me cleaning up my front yard, and, believe it or not, the facade of the house. After a long and wet winter, you’ll find your beautiful Victorian tiled entry path has gotten all mossy and grubby and even your windowsills will have these dreary looking grey-ish drip traces coming out from underneath. So there’s nothing like a good scrub followed by freshening up your planters with some nice new shrubs and pruning your hedge. It is highly gratifying; first impressions matter after all!’ – Cornelia de Ruiter, Homewings founder and interior designer
Bring the outdoors in. When you go on a family hike or trip to the beach, collect seashells, rocks or other small items and group them on a bookshelf. Mount a wine cork from your anniversary on a piece of white foam core, include the date and frame in an inexpensive shadow box.
Share your ideas with others and look on Pinterest and or design blogs for ideas. Keep notes on things you like. What doesn’t work for your house in the summer may really warm it up in the winter. Find inspiration in nature and from your family and those around you, then incorporate that beauty in your home to make it exactly what you want it to be.
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As anybody who’s gone through the pain of a remodel knows: real, serious, redecorating can be quite an undertaking—not only because of the schedule disruption (and spatial disruption), but also the mounting costs to your pocketbook. The whole process can wreak havoc on your budget…and your sanity! But sometimes we all need a little refresher to our living space. Rather than going wild at Pottery Barn or even IKEA, there are simple ways that anyone can enjoy a new look, even on the tightest shoestring budget.
‘Renew your old furniture and layout your rooms differently. Once you have cleaned, tidied and sorted, you can easily see what new ideas, furniture and accessories you need to spruce up your home. For example, it may inspire you to buy something new for the kitchen now there is extra space or replace that old armchair with the new one you have been thinking about since autumn. This refreshing feeling is the perfect association with the spirit of Spring.’ – Hatice Ozhisar