Six Great Ways to Update Your Home

Are you feeling stuck in a rut with your home? Here are a few simple updating ideas to inspire you to make a few changes:

From the Floor Up – Few people realise how important flooring is in a room, and a new floor can make a huge difference.  If you like wood flooring then have a look at the new finishes such as walnut or dark oak that are now available for a more dramatic look. Things have moved on from the blond oak and beech finishes that were fashionable a few years ago. Carpet is now back in fashion and there are some great textures available in neutral tones, and if you are feeling bold, how about patterned carpet? Now very much back ‘in’.

Crazy for Colour – Are you still stuck on magnolia?  That is a shame because there is a whole world of wonderful colour out there.  Use bright fresh colours to freshen up a room, not forgetting the woodwork.  My favourite ranges are from Fired Earth and Little Greene who offer colours from soft neutrals to deep splashes of colour to inspire and up lift your mood.  Why not book onto one of myStudio After 1 Colour Workshops for some help with putting room colour schemes together?

The Main Attraction – Adding a focal point to a room is a great way of giving you a new perspective on your home. A simple way to do this is decorate one wall with a stand-out wallpaper or paint colour, this could be behind a bed, on a chimney breast or in some alcoves. Try a dramatic emerald green or deep plum. Focus your seating towards the window overlooking the garden; could a fireplace be installed on one wall in a sitting room so the focal point is no longer the TV? Hang a beautiful mirror or distinctive art work on one wall. Arrange treasured possessions and family photographs on a side table.

Window on the World – are your curtains drawing attention to your windows for the wrong reasons? Have they been up for longer than they should or were they hung properly in the first place?  Why not either get them cleaned or just replace them completely?  Try an elegant damask fabric for a sitting room or a lovely floral design for a pretty bedroom. Alternatively for a completely new look try shutters or wooden blinds, these offer great privacy and a sleek modern look. have a look at my Top Tips for Beautiful Curtain Design for more great ideas. DSC_6907

Something’s Cooking – it can cost a lot of money to replace a kitchen, but there are ways you can update it without spending a fortune. Replace the worktops with a lovely new stone or wood finish for a fresh new look. If the units are still sound, add new doors with a modern gloss finish or paint wood ones to match your colour scheme.  Changing the cabinet door handles can give a more contemporary look.

Lighten up – great lighting is key to improving how a home looks and feels, the secret is to ‘layer’ the lighting, start with your main overhead lighting, then add floor lamps, table lamps and finally candles so that you can vary the light levels according to the time of day and your mood. Lighting is also a great way to add style and colour to a room, for more inspiration have a look at Lighting Ideas for Your Home.


Not sure where to start? Then give Jane at Sweet Lime Interior Design a call for an interior style consultation.