Just moved house? Here are some tips on how to decorate and put your own stamp on it. Whether you’ve just bought, or you’re renting and limited to what you can do to a property, these are great ways to add little personal touches and freshen up your home
Moving into your new home is an exciting time, knowing that you will enjoy many great years and create special memories there. That’s why it’s best to do little bits and bobs when you first move in rather than starting out big! Whether you have moved in, or viewing a property, always look for its potential and what can be achieved with limited time and budget.
Work room-by-room so you don’t give yourself too much work to do. Identify rooms in the house which are already decorated to your taste and put them towards the bottom of the priority list. Whether you want to add your personal touch in the lounge, change the old kitchen cupboards or freshen up the bathroom, there are plenty of small jobs you can do to suit a low budget and to give you more time to enjoy in your new house.
They say a kitchen sells a home, but the potential of a kitchen can have the exact same effect. If you bought a house with a kitchen you wanted to replace, a short-term solution is to repaint or replace the cupboard doors. You can buy replacement cupboard doors for a fraction of the price of a new kitchen. Alternatively, adding a fresh lick of paint to your units can add a new sense of life to the room – and is pocket friendly too! Wash down the doors and sand them down, then you should be ready to add a layer of primer and a couple of coats of paint. You could consider buying new door handles too and changing kitchen taps to help freshen things up.
Reception rooms can sometimes be the most important room to decorate as this is where you will spend most of your time. If the room is to a neutral taste, a simple quick fix would be to add character to a room using ornaments and feature lamps. You can add a touch of personalisation to the walls by hanging photo frames.
If you feel that the reception room could do with a splash of updating, painting the walls a neutral colour is a great short-term solution until you re-decorate. Adding a feature wall or installing an electric or gas fire will also help put your creative stamp on the room with little effort.
Replacing bathrooms and kitchens can be very expensive and time consuming jobs; something which may not be possible after moving home. However, little touches can have a huge impact. Changing towel rails, toilet roll holders and shower heads will help change the style of the room. Shower screens don’t need to be expensive to replace, while stripping and adding new sealant around the bath, sink, shower and units will give your bathroom that new, recently installed feel. If the grouting between the tiles looks dated, grout reviver is a quick and easy way to restore grout lines to a bright white finish.
Adding your own personal touch to your bedroom can be quick and easy if you have a limited budget. Decorating your bed with new linen, cushions and matching throws won’t cost a lot but it can add so much more to the room. You could even make your own headboard with some plywood, fabric and foam – along with some creative flair. Creating your own decorations is a great way to keep costs down and make everything just how you want it to look!
If you have empty space in the bedroom, you could find a second-hand armchair online to decorate with cushions and a throw. Matching these with the curtains will make your bedroom look like a show room in no time!
Touch-ups around the house
As well as focusing on specific rooms, there are also general touch-ups which you can do around the house. Repainting the skirting boards and internal doors can have a bigger impact than you can imagine. When repainting the doors, you could even change the handles to add more of a personal and unique touch; you could also replace light switches to match your new door handles.
If you have big plans for what you want to do to your house, or you aren’t sure what style to go for, creating a ‘blank canvas’ by painting walls white is a great short-term solution while you plan your renovations. Fill any holes or dents in the wall with filler before repainting to give your home a clean finish.
Ripping up old carpets will also rid you of reminders of the previous occupants and give an insight into what lies beneath. You may discover amazing wooden floors that just need a little TLC to bring them up to spec. Either way you’ll be able to put your own spin on the flooring, whether it’s new carpet, tiles, stone or wooden flooring.
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