10 easy ways to freshen up a room
Goodbye dingy decor.
1. Opt for statement lighting
Got the same standard lampshade in every room? Switch out to something that will add a bit of personality to the space. Don't stress if you're in a rental and can't change overhead lighting - luxe floor and table lamps also lift a space.
2. Invest in standout furniture
If the big pieces are a little lack lustre, boost the appeal of a room with some smaller statement pieces. A bright accent chair, bold pouffe or quirky table will quickly make it your own.
3. Or switch up the look of something old
Big throws and lots of cushions really are your secret weapons when it comes to refreshing the look of a sofa, armchair or bed. This is a great move if you're in a furnished rental too.
5. Create a gallery wall
Wall art can instantly brighten a magnolia-walled world. Collect a few of your favourite prints or photos and play around with different layouts on the floor before you add to the wall.
6. Trick the eye with mirrors
They make a space seem brighter and more spacious, especially when paired with lots of lighting. If you're struggling for hanging space, choose standing styles or large mirrors that can rest against a wall.
7. Clear (or conceal) your clutter
Stuff. Everywhere. It can make your space and your mood feel heavy - so dedicate a day to decluttering. Insert some savvy storage to display or stow away the things you keep.
8. Hide ugly flooring
Cover up cold laminate or drab carpet with a lovely rug (the bigger the better). Renting? You can easily take these with you if you move, so it's worth investing in a style you love.
9. Dress your windows
Dingy curtains or out of shape blinds won't be doing your décor any favours, but it's easy to fix. Be smart with what you choose for each room - cover draughty windows with thermal curtains, opt for blackouts in the bedroom and drapes in rooms that need brightening.
10. Choose matching appliances
To create a cohesive and harmonious look, kit out your kitchen with appliances in the same colour and style. Many brands offer matching microwaves, kettle and toaster sets, so there is no need to worry about picking out individual pieces.