Five easy and affordable remodelling ideas for a stylish home

2017-03-01 06:01
PHOTO: sourcedUpdating or replacing old fashioned lamp shades or fittings with modern choices instantly lifts a space.

PHOTO: sourcedUpdating or replacing old fashioned lamp shades or fittings with modern choices instantly lifts a space.

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IT’S not always within everyone’s budget to be to be able to add new features or take on home improvement projects, but there are plenty of ways to put your creativity and DIY savvy to good use.

Updating or replacing old-fashioned lamp shades or fittings with modern choices instantly lifts a space, and it doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg.

While some of these projects may require that you invest in a few basic power tools and acquire some DIY skills, most require few tools. The key to any project is to do your research beforehand and plan carefully. It’s amazing how much you can achieve even on a small budget.

1. Bright ideas

Opt for affordable materials or use the Internet to browse for simple DIY projects that you can pull off on your own.

Look for trendy light fixture ideas that incorporate string or rope. These can completely change a boring lamp shade into an eye-catching feature.

2. All tricked out

Use polystyrene, pine moulding and trim to update your space.

There are a wide variety of styles to choose from and so many ideas you can use to transform your interior rooms into extraordinary spaces.

You can use these to add interest and detail to your spaces at little cost. Working with these materials requires only basic tools such as a mitre box and backsaw, and a basic knowledge of cutting 45-degree angle corners.

Adding trim and moulding to just about anything will make it look more upmarket.

3. Paint perfect

Put the power of paint and a paintbrush to good use by painting your home in trendy colours.

Many homeowners underestimate the power of paint and what it can do to a home.

It’s so easy to use paint to make a room feel cooler, warmer, cosier, wider, smaller or even make the ceiling appear higher than it is.

While talking about room height, don’t forget that you can also use the ceiling as a fifth wall.

Adding mirror panels to built-in cupboard or closet doors will completely transform any room, and this is especially helpful in a small bedroom as it visually enlarges the space.

If you’ve never considered it before, you may be surprised at how a pop of colour on the ceiling can take your interior spaces to new heights.

Use a matt paint such as Prominent Paints Ultra Matt to eliminate glare and hide imperfections, and then choose a colour that complements the rest of the décor in the room.

4. Close the door on ‘boring’

It’s easy to use tips and tricks, and paint or varnish to turn a boring door into an eye-catching feature.

Adding mirror panels to built-in cupboard or closet doors will completely transform any room, and this is especially helpful in a small bedroom as it visually enlarges the space.

You can also use mirrors on closet doors in a dark bedroom to bounce and reflect light around the room.

5. Stand-out features

Every room needs a stand-out feature to attract attention. In some rooms, this can be a fireplace that catches the eye while in other rooms this could be an arrangement of wall art.

Without a feature, a room can lack character and personality. Try walking into an already decorated room and see what catches your eye first, and if it isn’t what you want it to be, look at how you can incorporate something interesting.

Paint is another way to draw the eye into a room. Use stencils to create a feature wall or opt for a bold contrasting colour for that “wow” effect.

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