It’s one thing to have a house, but it’s another thing to make that house feel like a home. Decorating gives you the chance to add your flavor, taste and personality to the place you’ve worked so hard to own. And contrary to most home improvement shows that feature the shiniest new items and teams of experts, it’s possible to do all yourself without taking out a second mortgage.
Follow these tips to help transform your space into a home to be proud of.
Before you kick things off, you’ll probably need to see what you already have and what works. Make sure you do a thorough clean and declutter before you even pick up a paintbrush or assemble your first piece of flat-pack furniture.
Take an objective view of items that you don’t use often, or things that are simply too outdated, unfashionable, tired or worn. Try to evaluate if something is worth saving and if it can be upcycled, fixed or repurposed. If something still doesn’t work in your place try to donate them, sell them online, put them into storage, or if all else fails-it might be time to throw it out.
Repainting is one of the easiest and cost effective methods of giving your home a makeover. And we’re not just talking on the walls.
A great paint colour can update and modernise cabinets, cover up those dated bathroom and kitchen tiles, and add everything from warmth to a feeling of extra space in almost every room of your house. Read some online tutorials or watch some youtube videos for tips but don’t worry—painting’s also one of the easiest decorating jobs to fix up if you make a mistake.
Before you start thinking about what to buy new vs secondhand, take a look at what you already own. Treasured family items or keepsakes tucked away in the shed may find a second lease of life as a character piece on display for all to see. Check cabinets and closets that you don’t use very often and you’ll be surprised at what you find.
Have something specific in mind but not the budget for it? Take time to tour the op-shops and markets, as well as online marketplaces. Patience and persistence is the key here, especially if you’re after something specific. But more often than not, you’ll pick up a bargain when you least expect it.
The simple act of replacing handles on old cabinets can give them a second wind, as well as a unique feel. Door handles & hardware will make a huge difference as well.
New tapwear will also add freshness and sparkle to kitchen and bathroom areas at a fraction of the price of doing a full renovation.
You don’t need to work in an art gallery to make the most of blank wall space. First off, look at hanging objects or items other than traditional framed pieces of art. Find pieces that go with your personality and hobbies. Look at what you already own and love, anything from pictures you’ve taken to your favourite online images can easily be transferred to canvas or quality photo print stock.
Another budget option is to find secondhand art from opshops- use and old frame for a new print or find something that worn and give it some love to bring it back to life! Old or vintage mirrors are another fantastic option to add the illusion of space in a room, as well as making the most of the available light—at a fraction of the price to buy one new.
Add your own personal touch, experiment and have some fun.
When is a coffee table not a coffee table? When it’s an old packing trunk, or wooden storage container. Get the most out of your existing furniture by seeing if it can serve another purpose. Don’t be afraid to move furniture around the room, or to a different room altogether.
Look at re-upholstering beloved pieces of furniture rather than replacing. Older pieces are often well-made pieces, and a costume change and be a great way to add some unique pieces to your home. And makeover those chipped or scratched wooden items with a good sanding or repaint.
Rugs, pillows, and unique ornaments can instantly add personality, colour and visual interest to a room. The more unique the accessory, the bigger the statement you’ll make.
Indoor plants are another go-to item to literally bring the outdoors, in. Find some low-maintenance options if you are still working on your green thumb. And a tip from the experts to keep them looking healthy—wipe the leaves every couple of weeks. Dust build-up inhibits the growth process.
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Browsing a brochure or a website is one thing, but actually being able to walk through a display home makes your house come to life.