Tips to re -fresh your home this Spring! You don’t need to have a complete re-decoration to update and refresh your home, simply changing a few things around and some new textiles can give you the feeling of a brand new scheme! I have a few hints and tips to help give your home an update without a full redecoration.
We are about to embark on redecorating our living room and dining room, long over-due! Two years ago we took the brave step of knocking down our damp and poky kitchen in our Victorian semi and made a lovely big family room, utility and shower room. It has massively improved our living space and this is now by far the smartest part of the house. This however, has left the rest of the house looking very tired indeed! It is a bit daunting, but a great opportunity to have a complete re-think in terms of colours and fabrics. I am looking forward to introducing a mix of my own printed textiles and some of my very favourites from other designers. For months I have been pouring over colour cards from Farrow & Ball and Little Greene Paint Company, I really love the traditional colours both these companies offer, but there too many to choose from! I have narrowed it down to a very soft green/grey which will flow between both rooms and coordinate well with the other greys, raspberry and blues I want to include. I promise to share photos of the finished rooms!
Although major changes are happening in my house, it is not necessary to have a total re-vamp to re-invigorate your home, spring is the ideal time to throw open the windows and doors and have a big clean. Move the sofa and clean behind it! Clean windows and mirrors and re-arrange your furniture. You can then update the scheme in your room by changing cushions, lampshades and maybe the curtains. You can even give tired pieces of furniture a lick of paint, so easy to do with chalk paint, although I still favour the beautiful silky matt finish of Little Greene’s Oil eggshell. Change the handles and knobs on chests of drawers and cupboards at very little cost to change the look of a piece. While you are taking a good look at the room, have a think about the bits and bobs you have, maybe re-arrange them, sort them out and make a trip to the charity shop, I don’t mean you should get rid of all your personal possessions, just think about how you are displaying them. You will end up feeling like you have a new room without going all out and redecorating.
8 Steps to an easy room re-vamp:
- Move and clean behind and under your furniture
- Clean your windows and mirrors
- Re-arrange your furniture
- Change your cushions
- Change your lampshades
- Change your curtains
- Paint furniture and change the handles
- Sort out, de-clutter and choose your ornaments carefully
I love looking through my favourite magazines for inspiration and keeping up with what’s on trend, Country Living, Homes & Gardens and Country Homes & Interiors are a must for me, but to be honest I can’t resist a look through any of the interiors magazines and they always have lovely ideas for your garden too…but that’s for another blog post!
There are so many beautiful patterned prints around at the moment, including a real trend for block printed textiles and fabrics inspired by block printing. You could even have a go at printing your own! I will tell you how in a future post. Meanwhile, why not take a look at my cushion collection over on my Shop page.