Balconies come in all shapes and sizes – from the smallest Juliet to the most spacious deck. Yet, while we all treasure our own bit of private outdoor space, our balconies are often left unloved and underappreciated. Regardless of size, this space is unbelievably versatile and can be transformed into the most beautiful of havens…
Top Tips: How to freshen up your home on a budget
The worst of the dreary winter weather is behind us and spring is set to start rolling in, so what better time to start freshening up your home?
While many of us would love to redecorate or splurge a little on brand new furniture, that’s not always an option. However, there are small things that you can do to freshen up your home on a budget – and by small things, we mean stuff that won’t break the bank or take an entire weekend to do!
Think In Three
If you’re the kind of person who usually sticks to one object on display – whether that be an ornament, a vase or a plant – trying mixing things up. Arrange three (or more) objects of varying sizes and colours in a small cluster on your coffee table or side cabinet and it will instantly feel like more of a ‘display’.
Who says your children’s drawings are just for the fridge door? If you have a wall that’s looking a little bare, buy a selection of different sized frames and have the kids pick out their favourite drawings to hang up. If you fancy a little extra arts and crafts session, you could even buy plain white frames and paint them together as a family!
Getting organised doesn’t have to mean pulling out every cupboard and secret storage spot in your home. Instead, just spend a little time de-cluttering and straightening up areas that tend to get a little extra messy – we’re talking the pile of clothes in the corner of the bedroom, the stray papers on your desk, or the bric-a-brac out in the hallway.
We’re talking in every room here! The dining table is a focal point in many living areas, so why not treat yourself to a bright new cover, while new sheets and duvet covers can make a bedroom feel completely different. On the other hand, if your bathroom is feeling a bit samey, a selection of new towels can inject a bit of colour.
This probably seems like the most obvious way of brightening up your abode, but it really does work! Plants breathe so much life and colour into any room, whether you want to surround yourself with tall, tropical beauties, bunches of your favourite seasonal blooms or only have space for a handful of succulents.
If you’re struggling to find a home for everything and would just like some additional storage space, then putting up a shelf is a quick and easy solution. It’s a place to keep your collection of books or display your favourite trinkets, and will also help to add a bit of character to your current interiors.
If you think your kitchen could do with a bit of a spruce, then changing the cupboard door handles is a simple way of doing just that! Most home ware stores offer endless options with varying sizes and colours to choose from – whether that be classic, quirky or completely out there – to help liven up the room that acts as the heart of many homes!
Chalk It Up
You’ve heard of the traditional chalkboard, but what about chalkboard paint? An ever-popular choice in homes across the country, many people have whole walls dedicated to the stuff. But if you’re looking for something a little subtler, why not buy yourself a can of paint and spray it inside one of the kitchen cupboards? You can then use this space to write up your weekly calendar or shopping list, ridding you of those random scraps of paper left around the home.
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