Implementing a new interior design scheme or carrying out home improvements can seem daunting. Maybe your house is a little dated and calling out for a transformation, or perhaps it feels too small and you’re not quite sure how to make the most of the space. When you’re stuck in a decorating rut it can be hard to know where to start or what to change.
Here are some home improvement ideas to inspire:
Lighten and Brighten
Installing new doors and windows is the perfect way to improve your home, both on the inside and out. Old window frames that have been painted and repainted look messy and can make your home look tired. New windows give a clean and fresh look, add value, and they can also create an illusion of space. If your home is small or cramped, adding more light will help to open up the space.
Create Feature Walls
A feature wall instantly changes the look and feel of a room. If your home has a neutral palette, adding a bold color or patterned wallpaper makes a design statement. The bonus of this home improvement is that it only takes a couple of hours to execute. It is also easy to update if you start to get bored of the color scheme as you will only have to change one wall. If you’re unsure where to start, search online for inspiration.
Alternatively, you can make a feature wall without using wallpaper or paint. Use different color tiles to make a wall mosaic in the bathroom, install an oversized headboard behind your bed, or create a mirror or photo wall using frames of different colors, shapes and sizes.
Adding accessories such as bedding, cushions or patterned fabrics to your home can quickly update and improve any space. Carefully selecting key statement pieces can bring out the colors or theme in a room, such as a decorative bird cage for a shabby chic interior, a large ornate mirror to coordinate with a luxurious antique finish, or modern light fitting for a minimalist theme.
Use Your Books
Books can take up a lot of room, so why not use your collection to create a feature or separate functional space? You can construct a mini-library by installing shelving and adding seating next to a fire place, inside a bay window, in an alcove, or in a spare corner. This creates a relaxing haven, makes use of unloved space, and works in any size of home.
You can also use books to form a feature wall. By using floor to ceiling shelves on a wall with a door, you will make an unusable space purposeful while simultaneously creating a stand out design feature.