Winter is creeping up on us and as the nights draw in you’ll probably find yourself spending more and more time inside. While the rooms of your house might be making you feel a bit stir crazy with everything that is going on, this is the perfect time to embrace that feeling. If you can’t stand the sight of them anymore then it’s time to change up their look.
Giving your home a makeover doesn’t need to cost the world, and it doesn’t need to take a lot of time either. In this post, we will take a look at some easy ways to give the rooms you use every day a new lease of life.
The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the whole house, but it’s often neglected and left to look a bit sad. A cluttered and dull atmosphere in a space where you are often starting your day can set a negative mood that will reflect on your outlook come that first Zoom call of the day. Giving this space a little love can make a big impact.
Bathrooms tend to be on the small side, yet are filled with an amazing array of stuff. Shampoo bottles, shower gel, razors, bath toys, towels, first aid kits… the list goes on and on. Finding places to keep all these bits and pieces out of sight can leave you feeling calmer and more organised.
Consider an under-sink unit. This is pretty much dead space already so use it to the max as a holding area for items that take up space, but definitely don’t need to be on display. That first aid kit is an ideal candidate to be moved here; extra hand towels and cleaning supplies are also suited to this spot.
For the lotions and potions you use every day, decanting them into matching bottles is an easy and simple way to quickly create a uniform look. You can find sets of bottles that complement each other but come in different sizes and with a variety of dispensers. For very small bathrooms you might want to consider wall-mounted dispensers for shampoo, conditioner and body wash that can live in your shower and be refilled with ease.
Often the heart of the home can be one of the trickiest to revamp. Appliances are usually not easy to move around and built-in cabinets can seriously cut down on your options for reorganising the space. There are options though.
Take a look at your backsplashes. It can be fairly easy to replace these if they are a single piece that simply news to be unscrewed from the wall and replaced. If the wall underneath is in good condition adhesive backsplashes that mimic tiles and other patterns are an ideal quick upgrade. If tiles from your backsplash, or the wall underneath is not even, a bit of elbow grease to pry the tiles off and smooth over the wall will be required before you can start again.
If that seems like altogether too much work or mess, don’t worry. Get your hands on some tile paint for a fresh new look. You will have to thoroughly clean the tiles with a degreasing agent first and then prime the surface with some sandpaper and bonding primer before you can slap on the paint. However, that’s certainly easier than digging a crowbar out to pry off the tiles completely!
These passing places of the home can easily be overlooked when it comes to makeover time. An equally overlooked, but vital, part of the home is your radiators. Radiator technology has improved dramatically in recent years. If you have an older home, chances are you most likely have old radiators that could be wasting energy and your money. Installing a new radiator may seem like a mammoth task but in reality, it is quite straightforward.
To make it as easy as possible organise a plumber to make the change while you shop for a new look that is more energy-efficient. It’s not just the internal workings of radiators that have had an upgrade, you can now get them in all sorts of styles; just take a look at the options on hand at Trade Radiators for inspiration.
Upgrading your hallways with a new radiator will keep them warm and toasty but also bring new life to the area. Grimy, yellowing white radiators will give any space a tired look, so consider a custom colour to add a pop of colour, or perhaps an eye-catching design to make it a statement piece. An effective radiator in an internal hallway can also radiate heat to other rooms keeping the entire house at a comfortable temperature.
When it comes to kids bedrooms their tastes can change faster than the time it takes them to realise you are trying to eat the last chocolate bar without sharing. Quick and easy changes are the way to go with a child’s bedroom. Painting your daughter’s room like a fairy tale castle is all well and good till she tells you she’s actually really into dinosaurs right now and can you replace Rapunzel with a raptor.
Keep their room decor nimble by investing in a fairly neutral colour palette that can be jazzed up with removable wall decals like these. From large statement pieces to smaller, repeating patterns, this is much easier than having to do full repaint every time their interests change.
For adult bedrooms, stick to a neutral tone as well, you want to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere in here after all. You can certainly find more sophisticated wall decals to take things up a notch too. A good way to spruce up your space though, is to invest in some quality new bedding. An attractive duvet cover or blanket can make you feel like you are in a whole new room. It can also help you incorporate a new theme into the room when paired with matching accessories like curtains or lampshades. Keeping on the bed theme, try out a headboard. If you don’t already have one, explore some easy DIY options that will make sitting in bed that much more comfortable as well as give a focus to the room.
With these simple, and fairly quick, fixes you could be strolling through your home like it’s a whole new pad in no time. So what are you waiting for? Find your inspiration and start making plans!