Create A Fresh Look In Your Home

With winter upon us, why not bring your home and furnishings to life with delicate colours which brighten and transform. We all know winter can be harsh and dreary, especially with the amount of rain we’ve experienced in England over the past few months. From pinks to greens to lilacs, with yellows dominating home fashions just as they do in nature. Look for tints and pastel versions of your favourite colours rather than shades as they are less harsh and striking, they are calming and refreshing.

Strap Down Your Cash

You can afford to brighten up your home and refresh that tired looking furniture without breaking the bank! Start off with one small room and watch as things transform. Firstly you need to think about colour! Whether you want to brighten the walls with a lick of paint or if you want to re-cover your pillows – also go for subtle, especially if you are planning to combine colours.

Secondly look to your windows; are your window dressings letting the right amount of light into the room? Are they intrusive, tired looking or a dark colour? Why not try replacing them with inexpensive roller shades, or you could pick a light colour to replace them with, try charity shops or if you know someone that is handy with a sewing machine why not try your local furnishings store and see if you can get some cheap off cuts or left overs!

Is your furniture looking dark, heavy and tired? Whether it’s solid oak or upholstered, you can still accessorise.  Why don’t you look out for some sales on readymade slip covers, or even try online shops like eBay and Amazon. Not only will this bring a new leash of life into your furniture but it will also reduce the wear and tear of your original furnishings. We all know how expensive it is to replace carpet – so why not buy a new rug to cover your entrance hall and one for under your solid oak coffee table in your living room. However be careful with your choice of rug especially if you have carpet laid down already, you don’t want to be colour clashing too badly! Always keep it simple, elegant and classy.

It may sound trivial but the light within a room is very important and this can alter the whole look and feel of a room. Throw out old lampshades and try a classic modern shapes in pastel colours for that soft look. Whilst you’re there, if you can try and change your light bulbs to energy saving – you are helping the environment too!

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Bring the Outside in!

Why not start off small by growing a herb garden on your windowsill, the smell of fresh mint, dill and parsley will travel through your kitchen and awaken your taste buds, not to mention you will save money by not buying them from the supermarket. Get your children interested too! There’s nothing more fulfilling than teaching your children first-hand about growing plants and healthy eating – what a great project for them to get their teeth into, the progress comes quick so they won’t get bored, and herbs are hard to get wrong!

Nothing says spring like fresh flowers so as soon as the weather permits, plant a flower garden or use fun containers around the house like wheelbarrows, teapots, old crocks, wagons, or baskets hanging from a vintage bike – the quirkier the better, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Can’t wait till then? Visit your local supermarket and buy some fresh flowers and place them around your house in vases, they will bring life to any area.

Not a fan of flowers or suffer from hay fever? Then bring in the smells of spring with candles in light airy scents, with so many scents on offer, from rain shower, clean linen, and sea spray aromas add a breath of freshness to stuffy rooms.

I hate to say it but…de-cluttering is one of the best ways to ensure your house looks sparkling and refreshed! Spring cleaning doesn’t mean just slaving away, why don’t you sell a few old things on eBay or at a garage sale – you know what they say, another man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Swap pieces from different rooms and use them in totally new ways.

Pick the Right Colour

Green is probably the first colour we think of when it comes to spring, or in fact when we think of nature all together, it also occupies a place midway between warm and cool on the colour wheel with blue on one side and yellow on the other. It’s calming and cooling influence would be ideal for a kitchen and the neutral colour will be great all year round – not just the spring.

Yellow is a popular colour, with it being the colour of sunshine and optimism, you see this colour everywhere in springtime. Yellow accents will wake up any drab interior. It makes a great wall colour too, but try out different shades to see which one makes your space look good, remember always go for the softer colour, especially when it comes to yellow.

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Lilac belongs to the purple family, but is softer colour by comparison, with cool or warm tones it can lend itself well to a variety of areas. However, many people tend to go for lilac in their bedroom because represents balance, calming and gender neutral.

Turquoise is a blue green colour that is cool and has a calming effect, although it isn’t a colour that is going to put you to sleep. Turquoise can look very crisp with white, lend excitement to warm colours and make cool colours more interesting. You can use it in frames for mirrors, wall art, and tableware and accent furniture for that pop of colour!  Whatever colour you decide to go for, remember to enjoy re-decorating! After all it’s your home so don’t be afraid to make it look exactly how you want it to.

Bio: Megan owns two golden-doodle puppies, who are always keeping her on her toes. Now she has moved into her very first home, it is time to start revamping the interiors to keep up with the latest trends, all whilst on a tight budget! When she hasn’t got her hands full with dogs or redecorating, she is completing the last year in her degree. For Megan’s latest inspo, check out her Pinterest page or her favourite furniture company; Homeward Bound Interiors. 

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