Interior Makeover – 6 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Look This Spring
With the bird song a little louder, the sun that bit brighter and the days a fair while longer, we herald that fabulous season that is Spring. It’s the time when you feel the need to refresh everything – your closet, your exercise routine – and, (of course) your living environment!
Here are 6 ways to improve your home’s interior this season.
- Reframe your windows and doors
In life, it’s all about perspective – and the same goes for your home. So, it makes sense that in order to change the outlook of your interiors, you should start by swapping up the look of those focal light sources that are your windows and entry points – by framing them in the most fashionable and functional of blinds, shutters, awnings and other coverings.
Just think of the difference replacing a dusty, mildewing curtain with some modern, streamlined shutters will make! This is not just by virtue of the obvious aesthetic distinction – the right window and door coverings will also filter through a customised level of ambient light (significantly brightening your living spaces into the bargain). In this way, you can go for drab to fab with almost no fuss at all!
- Decluttering and Minimalism
One of the best ways to improve the look of your interiors is achieved not by adding items – but, by actually taking them away, ie. minimalising. Start off by giving your home a good ‘spring clean’. This may involve removing obvious rubbish, cleaning behind/inside/under fixtures and furniture, and tossing away just about anything that takes up too much space and looks messy.
Some suggestions of items to discard include dated magazines, unworn footwear lying about, old bottles/containers on top of the fridge etc. Pack away, dispose of, sell, or give to charity those items that no longer have a use in your home. It’s amazing how much you stand to benefit from the flow-on-effects of a solid decluttering effort.
- Give your walls a fresh coat of paint
If your home is feeling ‘a bit lived in’? Perhaps it’s time to treat your walls to a fresh coat of paint? Maybe there are marks from where you recorded the kid’s growth spurts? Or, a dent where a stray tennis ball once hit the wall? Despite whatever damage has occurred over the years, a new coat of interior paint sure can breathe new life into almost any type of space.
You will want to consider a few options in the process. Updating your colour scheme is always a bit of a radical move. However, when executed correctly it can afford the look and feel of what is ostensibly a brand new home. You will also get a chance to resurface and prep your walls. They say a change is as good as a holiday, and nothing could be truer when it comes to your refreshed walls!
- Revamp, repurpose and revive your furnishings
Create a dynamic vibe by revamping soft furnishings in creative and thrifty ways. A tired and worn couch can be quickly and easily improved by adding a tailored slipcover and a cosy throw. Select new cushion covers in complementary textures and colours to really shift things up a notch.
Consider embracing the ‘shabby chic’ trend by repainting old furniture to give it a cool new ‘lease on life’. In this way, you can avoid having to spend a fortune buying new things – whilst achieving a very satisfactory result indeed! Plus, you will be able to mix up the mood and feel of your interiors with your own unique sense of style (no mass-produced carbon copies here).
- Remove harsh artificial light sources
Think about your use of light and how this can improve or detract from the general feel of your interiors. Removing harsh artificial light sources is always a good idea in aiding relaxation. Did you know that low-wattage light bulbs are not only better for the environment – but, they also help you to get a good night’s sleep?
Blocking blue light is a great way to enhance the mood of your living areas. This will affect you positively on the personal level (as being able to get adequate sleep is the ultimate precursor to a better quality of life). Rest assured, both you and your home will be feeling ‘fresh as a daisy’ due to this straightforward, yet entirely elucidatory switch-up!
- Add some greenery
Last, but not least – don’t overlook ‘the greenery’ when it comes to your interior elements. Not only do indoor plants allow you to improve the amount of good quality oxygen in your home, but they also form attractive centerpieces to compliment your decor.
To keep things ‘low-maintenance’ opt for resilient houseplants like african violets, peace lilies, spider plants, and even those truly nifty air plants! Self-watering pots make the process of caring for plants a whole lot easier. Pair your indoor plants with a statue, sculpture or a water-feature for maximum visual impact.
Putting a spring in your step with your interior makeover
Embrace all that is fresh and fabulous in renovation tips and interior design, with less drama and expense than you might expect! We hope our guide helps puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face this Spring. We know your home is going to feel that much better for it!
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