Are your surroundings looking a little worse for wear? Perhaps the paint is yellowing and the wallpaper is peeling at the edges. Maybe items of furniture have been added to the room over time, meaning nothing quite matches any more. You might be putting off refreshing the room as you’re under the impression that it’s going to be tedious and time consuming, but it’s just not the case. You can totally transform a room in as little as one weekend, and best of all it doesn’t need to be as expensive as you think. Here’s how you can go about it.
Clear The Room
Start off by emptying the room. Use this as an excuse to declutter, throw away or donate anything you no longer want or need. Move out all items of furniture, strip off any old wallpaper and remove curtains and light fittings. Strip it all back to the bare bones and give everywhere a good dust and clean. If your carpet is a little worse for wear, hire a carpet cleaner- you can get Rug Doctors at most supermarkets and hire them for one or two days cheaply.
Clean Or Upcycle Anything You Plan On Keeping
You don’t need to run out and buy all brand new furniture- let’s face it, most of us aren’t in a position to do so. But before bringing things back into the room, get them up to their best standard. In the case of light fittings, give them a thorough clean removing things like dust and dead insects which can often end up inside shades. Wash curtains in the washing machine, checking instructions on the label. Iron them once they’re done and they’ll look as good as new. If you have items of unmatching furniture, consider upcycling. Wood can easily be painted with a coat of chalk paint, switch out all handles so they match and it will look like you’ve invested in a load of new furniture! Thoroughly clean sofas and chairs before bringing them back into the room.
Give It A Coat Of Paint
A fresh coat of paint will make any room look sparkling new. Start with the woodwork- doors and skirting boards painting them with a brilliant white. Choose an emulsion in a shade of your choice for the walls, bearing in mind that lighter colours will make the space feel bigger. Neutral shades work well as they will match anything else you put in the room, and you can always add colour and interest with accessories. If you’re not much of a decorator yourself, hire an interior home painter who will be able to tackle most rooms within just a few hours.
Add New Accessories
Finally, after decluttering and getting rid of the old, your room might be looking a little bare. Bring back interest and personality with some new home accessories. Plants, a vase of flowers, art on the walls and a couple of other pieces needn’t be expensive. Check out dollar stores and end of line discount shops. Inexpensive shops like Ikea are also full of these kinds of items. It’s a quick and easy way to refresh and modernise any room.