As the seasons start to change again, many people start to prepare their homes for the weather that will come. They check the gutters are clear and the fences are painted. Of course, inside the house there is plenty to do too. Checks on the boiler, clearing out the chimney, and a dozen other little chores can easily fill a weekend. When will you ever have time to freshen the decor?
Start as you mean to go on
If you like to change things each season, then set your home up to make that easy to do. Pick furniture that is easy to move. Choose sofas and cushions that are standard sizes so they can easily be covered and recovered when you fancy a fresh colour. And make sure your base colour palette complements all the colour swatches you think you might lean toward when you want to change things up. Greys, creams, and olives all work well with a wide range of vibrant tones.
Replace what is worn
If your wall art is looking frayed, it’s time to let it go. It’s impossible to create a fresh new look with ‘weathered’ items. The same goes with carpets & flooring. They don’t last forever, so head to the store and find something that suits your favourite colour choices. That way, everything else will always match well. As for the walls? Repair what you can with options like filler. But if the bumps and cracks won’t sand down, it might be time to call the plasterer for a fresh finish.
If you choose to tackle the painting yourself, there are a few tips that can help you achieve a great finish. Start from the top down. That means, start with a satin or matt white ceiling. Use wood paint for the doors, door frames, and skirting boards. Wait for all this to dry. If you spot spots of paint, you can use a baby wipe to remove them once they are dry. Now use decorators tape to protect the white edges and block in your wall colour. You’re finally ready to get that roller busy!
Strong and subtle
Good decor usually features a strong accent colour and then several more subtle shades of the same. This also opens up the choices for soft furnishings or covers. So long as it matches one of those choices, it will probably work really well. You can do this for your window dressings, table cloths, vases, cushions, rugs, and wall art. You might even paint the chimney breast in the strongest colour, or the wall around the window.
Sometimes simply moving the position of your furniture can help to make it look like a completely different room. It can even help you to shift the focus in the living room. Lighting can do the same. Change the position or direction of the lights to highlight something else for a quick and easy change. There are plenty of ways to freshen the room and even more ways to give the illusion you’ve worked hard on something new!