Improve your Home

With many of us not wanting to move house, what can you do to keep your home furnishings and décor up to date?

Sometimes it’s the smaller things that make a difference. With money tight you don’t always need to do a full overhaul of every room in the house.

Look at which rooms need updating first and prioritise. Changing your flooring can make an instant difference. Swap lino for tiles, or carpet for wooden flooring. Add a rug as a feature point, or stair rods on your staircase.

The kitchen is one of the main rooms in the house and can take up a lot of your budget. Look at your white goods. How long have you had them?

There are lots of modern styles and colours around and by just upgrading them, it can transform the look of your room. Pick out a particular colour and match with other accessories in the room such as your kettle and toaster to bring your room to life.

If you’re having guests over for Christmas Day lunch, then you may need a bigger dining table. Look at the functionality before you buy anything. How often are you going to use it, do you need extra chairs, does it extend, what shape are you looking for? The dining table is not only a gathering spot for the family but can also be the focal point of the room.

Good lighting can change the look and feel of any room. Styles of lighting can be modern, classic, traditional, simple or elaborate. If you prefer subtle lighting, go for one or two lamps on tables or provide some up lighting with wall lights or standing lamps. For something brighter, LED lights look good in the ceiling and provide a brighter environment so are good in places like the kitchen and bathroom.

It’s always difficult to keep on top of home improvements, but by doing little things often, you can add your own personality and turn your house into your home.



Tedd Walmsley

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