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Zebra look rug draped over furniture, surrounded by black furniture and accessories with a black dog on a rug
Raise the style stakes in every room of your home without a costly renovation. Take note of these simple and affordable interior updates for your most lived-in rooms.

Beauty boost

A change is as good as a holiday, and some simple, inexpensive tweaks to your interior decor can help you fall in love with your home all over again. We’re sharing a little inspiration from the experts.

Living room

1. Accessorise!

Easy changes are a good first step. “Swap out your cushion covers and throw rugs for a fresh look,” suggests interior stylist Fiona Gould. “Natural tones and textures are perfect for a change in season.”

2. Rug up

Whether you are aiming to make a style statement, add some colour or just create unity between spaces, look down. A floor rug can instantly transform the look and mood of your room, creating a defined space with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The key to nailing the look is getting the size right. Your rug should centre your living space and reach to at least the front legs of your sofa and chairs, connecting all pieces.

3. Revive the fireplace

Nothing dates a room more than an old fireplace. Luckily, modernising your mantelpiece can be a simple weekend project. Bring old bricks back to life with a fresh coat of paint, or consider hearth-to-ceiling stone cladding for the ultimate alpine appeal.

4. Add plants

There’s a very good reason indoor plants are so popular. Studies have shown they are mood-boosting, but they can also enhance your aesthetic. Pick a single, large specimen as a statement, or opt for a series of pots with a variety of leaf shapes and colours for visual interest.

Dining room surrounded by a selection of indoor plants 

Dining room

5. Just paint

"Adding a darker, more dramatic colour can create a beautiful ambience perfect for dinner parties,” says Dulux colour specialist Davina Harper. Or paint just one wall or a nook.

6. Revamp the trimmings

“Introducing wall mouldings into the dining space brings a sense of sophistication,” says Fiona. From Shaker-style box panelling to dado rails, the options suit many homes.

7. Light the way

“A large chandelier over the dining table will add drama and grandeur,” says Fiona. A big modern pendant or a trio of small ones hung at different levels is another option.

8. Showcase your personality

Adorning walls with art and photographs can add character. Position them at eye level for maximum impact and avoid placing works in harsh sunlight, which might cause discolouration.

Dining room with blue velvet chairs and industrial table with a white hanging pendant and two large prints on wall

Bedroom

9. Frame your windows

Add brightness with paint. “Painting your windows and trims a crisp white, such as Dulux Ōkārito, can freshen these up and add great light reflectance,” says Davina. “If you want to keep the colour the same as the walls, just choose a different sheen level.”

10. Refresh your window treatments

Simply putting curtains through the wash can make a big difference. But if you need a change, try adding a set of sheers for an element of luxury. Layer under your block-outs or use them to soften the look of a roller blind.

11. Upgrade to closed storage solutions

Investing in a full-height wardrobe will help a transformation – with closed doors to hide any untidy or unsightly items, there’s more room to focus on the pretty things.

12. Get creative with your bedhead

A bedhead makes a wonderful focal point. Get creative with paint or wallpaper to create your own straight on to the wall. If you have low ceilings, avoid making your design too high.

13. Replace the lampshades

Bedside lamps can have a huge design impact. New shades are an instant update. For colour, be inspired by art in the room, or by your favourite linen.

Bedroom with woven rug and clever cube storage with cat on bed, hanging pendant and potted plant

Struggling to hang your frames?

For perfectly placed wall art check out our guide on the best way to hang pictures on a wall.

 

Photo Credit: Cath Muscat, Anna Robinson, Dulux/Armelle Habib and Larnie Nicolson.

 

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