Can’t remember the last time you did a spring clean? It’s time to roll up your sleeves and apply some elbow grease. Or, take the stress out of the job by hiring a pro.
LIFE’S A BEACH
use seaside-themed ornaments in bedrooms and bathrooms #summervibe
PACK BITS AND BOBS AWAY
Tired of seeing those crowded shelves and window sills first thing in the morning? Give your bathroom a sleek, clutter-free look by gathering together all your toiletries and putting them in a small basket.
Choose natural fibres such as bamboo or willow and team with white to create a sense of spaciousness and light.
LIGHT THE WAY
While lamps and shades come in an array of different styles, remember to pick one that’s right for your room. When lit up, a clear glass dome can make a room appear bigger and fresher. This one (left) is reminiscent of an upside down fruit bowl, very retro. And an adjustable chain allows you to move it up higher.
Group pictures or photos together for maximum impact, and link by colour or subject matter to avoid a disparate look. Use nature-inspired themes to create a feeling of summer.
Shopping around at vintage fairs could your home a designer-inspired look
GORGEOUS VASES FOR YOUR BLOOMS
Refresh your floral display with a new jug-style vase. The right style can create a striking centrepiece.
MAKE A STATEMENT
The entrance to your home should be inviting, so choose a cosy rug that will immediately update your floor. Whether you opt for subtle shades to disguise any muddy footprints, or bright prints to inject colour, a rug is practical as well as pretty.
INVEST IN A DIFFERENT LOOK
A quirky painting is a real talking point in a social room. Or if you fancy something more personal, get your own print reproduced on a large canvas.
Want a luxurious boudoir? Just pile cushions, pillows and throws on your bed. Deep hues add a sense of extravagance, while different textures create a romantic mood.
OK, so they’re not the sexiest things in your house, but your home’s entire style may just turn on the right doorknob. Think carefully before you decide though, as they can make or break a room. Get it right and they’re a simple way to add instant chic.
IN THE GROOVE
Need more space? Sliding doors make sleek room dividers. Simple, clean lines pay homage to Japanese design and add a fresh feel to any setting, especially minimalist rooms.
MIX AND MATCH
Neutral, leather, clean-cut material looks super chic, but it often lacks vibrancy. However, you can jazz up your relaxation time with contrasting, patterned cushions. The plumper the cushions, the better, and for added interest, coordinate your accessories with your chosen colour scheme.
COSY ON UP
Embrace clashing colours and mismatched designs by picking patterned cushions to scatter on your main sofa. The key to this look is the element of surprise – they can even be the focal point of your room.
As a versatile decorative element, you can open up a room by hanging a mirror in the right place. Used wisely, you’ll encourage more natural light to flood your living space, while also providing an elegant effect.
GIVE FLOORBOARDS A LICK OF PAINT
Refresh your floorboards by sanding them down for a smooth finish, before applying a specialist floor paint. Make sure it’s slip resistant and hard wearing. Use a brush rather than a roller for the best finish.
From ultra modern block designs to distinctly urban themes, retro-chic geometric wallpaper is back. It’s all about colour and two-dimensional effects, so go on, make a statement.