Despite and recent uplift in the housing market, most homeowners in the UK are choosing to remain cautious and sit tight. So if you’re planning to stay where you are, why not spruce up your living space? A lick of paint, new lighting, or a change of furniture can breathe new life into your home and give it a whole new look. As winter approaches, it’s much nicer to be somewhere warm and cosy, so now’s the perfect time to look at your current decor and plan some changes.
Here are my top 10 tips for modernising and making the most of your living space:
1. Make your Room Look Bigger
Hang up a mirror; and the bigger, the better! This will help to bounce light around the room, and the reflection gives the illusion of greater depth.
2. Choose Lighter Coloured Furniture
Making sure that your furniture, floors and walls are a lighter colour will create a spacious feel to your room. You can always add in brighter coloured accessories, such as cushions, vases and pictures to give your room more personality.
3. Invest in Good Lighting
A good quality wall or floor light makes a modern centrepiece for your living room, but it will also help to open up the space and reclaim parts of the room that were previously in darkness.
4. Add Flowers
A bouquet of fresh flowers in a colourful vase will add a splash of colour to your room, for relatively little cost. If your decor is muted or neutral tones, this can really lift room as it adds contrast without you having to do any time consuming painting.
5. Jazz up your Stairway
Your stairs aren’t just a way of getting from downstairs to upstairs, so don’t overlook the opportunity to add a bit of creativity and colour to this part of your home.
6. Introduce a Bit of Colour
Adding a bright colour to one of the walls in a room can completely revitalise the space. Red and yellow shades will add warmth and make the room feel cosier, pale blue and greens will open up the space and make it feel calmer and more peaceful. If you’re feeling brave, why not try a bright pop of colour for that wow factor?
7. Hang some Pictures
Hanging some colourful artwork or textiles on your wall changes the look of your room, but is also easy to remove and replace when you feel like something different.
A carefully chosen cushion can transform an uninviting sofa. Select a bright sumptuous fabric, and your sofa will become a lot more cosy. Unless you like the bohemian look, try not to go cushion crazy as it may look cluttered; select three different sizes, from large to small, as this looks less uniform.
9. Add a Feature
Adding a feature will create a focal point for any room, and it’s also great fun shopping for unique and quirky things for the home. Choose something that’s a conversation piece and will get any visitors talking.
10. Choose a Smaller Sofa
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have less seating. Choosing a sofa with slimmer legs and less bulk will make the floor more visible and add to the feeling of space. Retro looking Scandinavian sofas are really popular at the moment, and they combine functionality with a great iconic look.