We’ve all been there: lived in a house for a good number of years when, all of a sudden, you look around and your rooms unexpectedly feel tired or uninspiring. General house maintenance is always a good idea, but if you really want to keep your home feeling fresh, and inviting, you need to do a little occasional refresh and revamp work.
While it’s possible to take on bigger jobs (e.g. adding an extension or knocking through rooms), re-energising your home needn’t be complicated or cost the earth. In fact, there are a great many small touches you can make to any room to make it instantly feel different and revitalised.
Add some plants or greenery
Adding a plant instantly adds life (quite literally) to a room. The majority of indoor plants don’t take much maintenance but you should remember to consider how often a plant might need watered and account for how much sunlight your room gets. Also, remember to pick plants that are safe for any pets or children you might have
Do some statement decorating
Think about redecorating one wall to make it a statement attraction in your room. Adding a statement wall can completely change the overall feel of a room by providing an instant focal point. Working with colours or patterns that complement your existing décor normally yields the best results – or you could go a bit wilder and choose something a little brighter or more colourful. Once complete, consider adding paintings or pictures to complete the look.
Add accents to furniture and fittings
Adding accent pieces – particularly to furniture – can be a great way to breathe new life back into old fabrics. Even just adding some cushions or a throw to an old settee can completely change its overall look and make it look like new again. Also, think about adding new table lights or perhaps a new picture to an otherwise plain area in the room. There are hundreds of options to add simple items to change the atmosphere in a space.
If you want to make a dramatic change to the look and feel of a room, think about adding new flooring. Again, there is a huge range of options available from carpet to wood flooring, laminates and tiling. Websites like Peninsula Flooring Direct offer all types of flooring that can have a vivid effect on the way your room looks. In small spaces, consider working with simpler lines and materials to increase the sense of space. In larger areas, you might want to work with more complex designs or patterns. The flooring in a room can drastically change the sense of flow and space so think carefully about materials, colours and patterns.
Rearrange the room layout and furniture
It might sound obvious but even just changing the layout of a room will make it seem instantly refreshed. In a living room, try moving the TV or sofas around to make better use of the space available or to change the focal point of the space. You could even take items such as tables or chairs from other rooms – anything that revitalises the area and makes it feel like new again.