5 Ways to Update your Home This Winter

Winter has finally sprung, and if your home is looking a little tired this season, it’s the perfect time to make some changes and update your interiors. If you are planning on undertaking any major structural work to your property then it is crucial to get it done … lest you be left at home exposed to the elements and shivering away!

#1. A fresh lick of paint

Re-painting your home is the perfect way to lift tired interiors, whether you repaint the whole house or just a few rooms.  Choose light, bright neutrals such as off-white or magnolia and spend your time ensuring a perfect finish – you don’t want streaky paint.  Don’t forget doors and windows during your painting session – a fresh lick of paint on exterior doors and windows can really help brighten the exterior of your home.

#2. Refresh your accessories

Choose some new accessories for your home – if you’ve decorated in neutral shades it should be easy to create a fresh, new look by adding different coloured accessories.  If you decide to change your whole colour scheme you can invest in some new curtains, cushions and even art work to bring the whole look together.  This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your home for the spring – package old accessories away safely and you can switch them again next time you need a change.

#3. Lay down a rug

Rugs are the perfect way to inject some interesting originality to your home, particularly if you have wooden flooring such as Palmetto Road hickory flooring.  If your room is small, picking a rug which extends almost to the edges of the room is the perfect way to make it feel larger, whereas big rooms can get away with several small rugs, if you like.  Sheepskin or flokati rugs are great by the bed for a luxurious feel when you wake up – keep the bold graphic prints and florals for the lounge or conservatory.

#4. Change your lighting

By purchasing new lighting, you’re changing the whole ambience of a room.  To create a cosy feel, opt for one central light and lots of accent lights such as wall lamps, table and floor lamps.  You can switch these on to create soft, warm lighting that is instantly welcoming.  Simply updating your pendant shade from a fabric shade to a paper or industrial steel one is a great way to inject some life into a tired space.

#5. Get arty

Put up some new artwork – whether it’s a collage of family photographs, a painting by your favourite artist or a huge picture of the New York skyline, adding some new art to your room is an affordable and easy way to make it more visually interesting.

Follow these five simple tips and your family may not even recognise the house when they get home.

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