A Spring face-lift

2015-07-30 06:01
Painting a single, central wall in a contrasting colour creates a vibrant effect in any room.
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Painting a single, central wall in a contrasting colour creates a vibrant effect in any room. PHOTOS: Supplied

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BE bold with colour, make the most of things you have already and give some character to a space you may now find depressing. Here’s how to make a little go a long way when revamping your home to give it a lift.

A dash of paint

Paint may be a bit expensive, so follow the new trend of painting one central wall in a contrasting colour. The brighter the colour, the more expensive the paint, so go for muted blue or green rather than sunshine yellow.

Keep some of the paint and use it on a few other touches in the room - a picture frame, a plastic wall clock, a shelf, a door frame. You will be amazed at the difference it makes.

Cover it up

A large Indian cloth with beautiful, intricate and colourful designs can cover up a ghastly old second-hand armchair or sofa, or be a fabulous wall hanging, tablecloth or bed cover. It can even serve as a room divider when hung from the ceiling. Bull denim is also inexpensive, lasts long and can be used for all the above things as well.

A bit of greenery

Beg, borrow or steal a few plants from friends or family, or buy plants on special at the nursery. A few lavender bushes in a row at the front of the house can change the whole feeling of the house.

Indoor plants also can be a nice focal point. Paint the paint tin you used in the same colour as the wall, and use as a plant pot.

Fancy frames

Check out the frames in stores, and frame stuff yourself. Make a statement by using a piece of brightly coloured paper (a few rands at stationery shops) as a backdrop.

Empty frames in junk shops also go for next to nothing. Buy a few, paint them and stick photos or pretty black and white pictures or postcards in them straight against the wall for special effect.

Wrapping paper can be beautiful in a frame.

Eye-catching mugs

Buy a few inexpensive beautiful mugs and simply hang them from hooks under a shelf, or on a wall - this can transform a drab kitchen.

You can either go for a splash of colour and variety, or establish the colour scheme of your kitchen by choosing the same colour.

Candlelight ambience

Candlelight creates a soft and pleasing light - and brightly coloured candles are inexpensive.

Fill a large paper packet with sand and stick the candle in it. It creates a beautiful effect.

Bathroom blues

Stuck with a seventies bathroom and a stained old metal bath? Redoing the lot could cost thousands. Paint the tiles yourself. Go all white, so you don’t have to worry about the grouting between the tiles.

A few bright towels, a painted wooden box attached to the wall for storage, and a self-framed postcard or two, and there you go. And ditch the mouldy old shower curtain.

Visit demolition yards and garage sales

With this, you might need some imagination and will have to do some work, but here you can find some amazing stuff at a fraction of the cost, such as Oregon-pine doors and windows, old bathroom and kitchen sinks, pretty taps, even old furniture that can be painted or stripped to be given a new lease on life.

Paint kitchen cupboards

New kitchen cupboards cost an arm and a leg and if you can’t afford the ones you want, love the ones you have. A lick of paint can transform the dull, the old and the tired.

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