10 Easy DIYs to Update your Home
10 October, 2017
A fresh lick of paint
A new paint colour is the obvious way to refresh a room. To make a room appear taller, paint the cornice and ceiling the same colour. If you have decorative cornicing, try to paint it in a light or pastel shade so that lovely detailing doesn’t get lost.
Brighten brown furniture
Lift the look of your bedroom or living room by painting your chest of drawers or bedside tables – we are all guilty of getting caught in the brown trap and it really can make the room feel flat. Keep your treasured pieces or antiques in their original form – buy painting other items with chalk paint, it will allow those special pieces more limelight once again. Chalk paint is incredibly easy to use and is the perfect Saturday project.
Add storage to your hallway
If a traditional entry cupboard or a beautiful built-in shelving system is not an option in your home, refashioned furniture can achieve a look that’s equally stylish and storage-savvy. Take a slim console table, ideally with a shelf at the bottom and add some storage baskets below – it creates a great place to get clutter like shoes and bags out of sight. A wall-mount shelf above the table to hangs keys within easy reach is a great addition too.
Recharge & reorder
Get creative with drawer space to rid surfaces of clutter. Outfitted with divided storage (typically used in kitchen drawers) and a power strip, change your beside or living room drawers to become charging docks and daily organizer for charging phones, hiding music players, and other electronics. Drill a hole through the back of the dresser and drawer to accommodate electrical cords.
Hide your TV
Paint the insides of your TV console or shelving a darker colour to distract the eye from a mammoth TV. “It doesn’t have to be black – it can be dark blue or grey,” Nicole Salvesen of salvesengraham.com explains. Hang some wall art, or position a piece of sculpture to create a different focal point.
Line your curtains
Take down existing curtains and update them with an interesting lining – consider lining them with a bright yellow or orange fabric, so that when the sun comes up it shines through it creates the illusion that it’s sunny, even on a dull day. It’s lovely to get that flash of colour when opening and closing the curtains too. Even if you don’t change the colour, adding a blackout/thermal lining to existing curtains can help you sleep better and increase the energy efficiency of your home.
Inject some colour
Rather than repainting your whole kitchen, overhaul the appearance by painting the island or units a contrasting colour. A different colour island really helps to give space impact and is such an easy DIY job. If you have a connecting patio space, using the pale green shades of an English country garden will help to blur boundaries of house and garden.
Add moulding or cornicing
Living room, dining room, hallway: any common area looks better with the finishing, defining touch of crown moulding or panelling on the walls. If you live in a historic home, make sure your moulding choices complement your home’s architectural style. You can really dress up mundane walls with trimmings and moulding – this is something you can do using a mitre saw and lots of measuring!
Refresh your front door
Nothing improves the curb-side appearance of your house more than a different door colour. Dark blues and greens – “warm and inviting” – have taken over from pale greys and fawns this year, but at the end of the day, it has to be a colour that excites or delights you and that you’ll love seeing each and every day.
While you’re there, why not upgrade your door ‘furniture’ too? An elegant knocker or knob immediately makes the exterior of your home appear more sophisticated. Go for chrome for a modern look or brass if you like a more traditional feel. There are some really wonderful designs now, do you can stand out from the crowd.