The last traces of pine needles have been tracked down and New Year’s Eve seems like a distant memory; 2017 has well and truly arrived! Whilst some people can find these early months of the year a bit cold and miserable, it’s can actually be a great time to give some love and attention to your interiors. I’m not talking about guzzling detox teas either, instead get your pots and paints out and spruce up your living areas. Inspired by TV shows like The Great Interior Design Challenge, more of us than ever are picking up our paint brushes and getting to grips with pastels! These 5 interior design ideas are low-cost and completely addictive…
Despite what you might think, updating your interiors doesn’t have to break the bank. Upcycling is a great way to keep costs down whilst also upgrading unloved possessions. It’s really about letting your creativity and imagination run wild, so if you have kids definitely get them involved! From wine bottle chandeliers to teacup candles this is such a fun way of bringing some character into a room. The great thing about this interior technique is that it’s so much less wasteful than buying new home accessories, and it’s so simple.
Layer up some fabrics!
This may just be the cold weather talking, but sometimes interiors can feel a bit sparse and empty. A really good way to introduce a cosy feel, without cluttering, is to add some fabrics to a room. This could be as simple as a thick knit throw for the sofa. All the fabrics don’t have to be the same, in fact the more diverse the better. Have a look at Curtain Fabric Online to find some satin embroidered curtains you can mix with chunky knits to achieve this look. Alternatively mix and match a shaggy sheepskin rug for an eclectic and cosy feel.
Paint the town red! (well the walls actually)
It may seem like an incredibly simple interior design tip, but it’s overlooked a lot of the time! Staying in is the new going out, so make sure the four walls around you are giving your room some atmosphere. Whether you want a calming retreat, or entertaining space, be bold with colour. Bold doesn’t have to mean bright but it definitely doesn’t mean generic beige. Paint is so cheap and readily available it’s a good place to start when redesigning a space. Just make sure you step out of your comfort zone and experiment a bit. You can even try wallpapering a statement wall, or painting it a different colour!
Don’t ditch old furniture
Whilst upholstering may be beyond a novice’s interior design skills, upgrading kitchen tables and chairs isn’t. If your kitchen furniture is looking a bit scratched and worn, give it a coat of high-gloss white paint. It’s a foolproof way of making a room look immediately bright and airy, and the furniture new and expensive, without breaking the bank.
Another inexpensive way to breathe new life into a room is to rearrange your existing furniture. By being more thoughtful with your use of space you can really improve a room. How many of us push all our furniture (especially the sofas!) up against the wall? Supposedly seating placed closer together creates a more intimate and visually interesting area. Give it a go!