How to… give your home a spring makeover without spending too much time and money
If you haven't got the time or cash to redecorate your home, work with what you’ve got and overhaul the fixtures and fittings. Here are the hottest tips from the interiors experts…
Treating your walls to a quick lick of fresh paint will breathe new life into a tired decor. Work out how much paint you’ll need (DIY websites include online calculators). Prepare walls by cleaning with sugar soap and lightly sanding gloss or sheen surfaces so the next coat will stick.
Buy tester pots and paint patches around the room and wait for it to dry. It’s amazing how paint shades alter in varying lights and shadows.
According to the experts at Crown Paint, the hottest colours this season are beautiful, jewel-like hues and seaside pastels such as Gossamer Blue and Cornish Cream.
Room refresh: A lick of paint can breathe new life into your walls
At Farrow & Ball, it’s all about unexpected colour combos and colour blocking. Think strong greys accented with warm yellows and clean blues for a modern, graphic look.
It’s time to sift through your photo mountain, invest in some frames and get your prized piccies on the wall. For maximum impact, cover one area with an eclectic collection of frames — simple and square, ornate, bold, battered and brand new — picked up cheaply from junk shops and car boot sales.
Alison Cork, home expert and television presenter, suggests transforming picture frames by covering them in good-quality wrapping paper. ‘All you need is craft glue and some spray varnish to set the paper — it looks fabulous!’
Paul Deckland, wall art buyer for John Lewis, says box frames are an effective way to display your pictures and memorabilia. ‘You can pin small items in the frame that tell the story of your photo in 3D.’
COVER AND TRIM
Buying a new sofa and chairs can make a huge dent in your budget. If your existing one is looking shabby, consider investing in a set of removable loose covers.
Get quotes from various companies including specialists such as Plumbs and Bemz (who make covers for Ikea sofas). Or why not dye existing loose covers with one of Dylon’s 24 colours
Simple solution: Wall stickers like these from John Lewis easily brighten up a room
With a washing machine dye, you can transform up to 600g of natural fabric per pack (cotton, linen and viscose work well), so check the weight of your covers. Mixing and matching pattern, colour and print is bang on trend — one of the easiest ways to get this look is with a pile of beautiful cushions.
Transform a plain cushion into a designer label style must-have by trimming it with ribbons, lace, fringes and feathers in a palette of clashing hues.
You don’t even need to get out a needle and cotton as a hot glue gun is the best tool for the job.
OUTSIDE AND IN
It’s time to revamp your garden furniture. Wearing protective gloves, apply a liberal coat of Cuprinol’s garden furniture restorer to your old furniture with a brush and work well into the wood with a scrubbing pad or stiff-bristled brush.
Leave for 15 minutes, wash off with plenty of water and leave to dry.
‘Your furniture will look as good as new, but won’t stay like that if you don’t treat it,’ says Marina Poza expert in woodcare at Cuprinol.
‘Sand the restored furniture lightly along the grain to remove any loose fibres and then apply a coat of teak oil. It will enhance the natural beauty of the wood and protect it from the weather.’
Alternatively, paint your garden furniture a different colour, but make sure the paint is suitable for purpose (Ronseal has launched a new palette of exterior paints inspired by Britain’s woodland in Bluebell, Willow and Cornflower).
IT’S CURTAINS FOR CURTAINS
Spring is the perfect opportunity to take down heavy drapes and clean them (professionally or with a snazzy super-iron such as Breville’s Extreme Steam generator) or even replace with a simple, sheer roller blind from The Fabric Box, Hillary’s or Tuiss.
Window film is a brilliant option for updating window, doors, shower screens and panels.
Hot foot it to Brume and choose from plain frosted film (we love the subtle silver etch and rose-coloured versions), a huge selection of patterned film (daisies, circles and tiny stars to name but a few) and jewel-bright transparent film for modern-day stained glass windows.
IT’S A STICK-UP
Self-adhesive wall stickers are a simple alternative to papering a room and come in a huge array of designs (check out Zasous). Stickers are durable, can be easily swapped and leave no residue behind.
Walls really come alive with the bold flock felt geometric stickers from Hive Space. They add warmth to your room and offer great sound-proofing properties.
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