The start of a new year often makes us think about what we want to achieve in the coming months. For many of us, revamping our homes is high up on the list. If your country pile is calling out for a little TLC, or it’s been a while since you freshened up the decor, here are some heavenly ideas for your haven.
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Painting and papering
If you can’t remember the last time you painted your walls, or you fancy a change, why not arm yourself with a roller and consider switching up your colourways? Painting is one of the simplest and most affordable ways of altering your interiors, and even a minor change can make a huge difference to the overall aesthetic of the room. Take a look at online galleries, look at paint charts, and think about the kind of vibe you want to create. For tranquil spaces like bedrooms, for example, it’s best to stick to neutral shades or soothing tones like pastels. Before you paint, sand down the walls and wipe them clean. Add tape to prevent paint from dripping onto skirting boards or window frames, and let the first coat dry before applying another layer. With country homes, you can celebrate charm and character with shades like olive green and duck egg blue, or combine rustic and modern styling. Exposed beams work brilliantly with monochrome, for example. Another option you might want to explore is wallpaper. You can choose from twee florals or retro prints based on the style of the room and your individual taste.
Flooring is a key feature of country cottages and traditional houses. If you’re fortunate enough to have original floors, it’s worth considering varnishing and sanding wooden floors to preserve the boards for as long as possible and using rugs to protect tiles in areas where footfall is high. If your floors have seen better days, there are some fabulous options out there. Whether you love hardwood floors, or you’re thinking about the practicalities of living with pets or children and considering vinyl, it’s worth shopping around, getting ideas from magazines and comparing prices. Investing in high quality wood flooring often offers better value for money than cheaper materials that don’t last as long. It can be difficult to get an idea of how your floor will look without actually seeing different options in the flesh, so it’s worth taking a trip to a store or a reclamation yard before looking at prices online.
Furniture and accessories
If you’re looking for an easy way to update your home and inject style and personality, buying new accessories or a statement piece of furniture could be just the ticket. You can use soft furnishings, plant pots and vases, wall art and framed pictures and ornaments to add colour and carry a theme. If you’re looking to create a characterful country kitchen with a contemporary twist, for example, opt for a solid wooden table and team it with bucket chairs, woollen throws and rustic shelves packed with pots, pans and storage jars.
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Are you thinking of revamping your home this year? If you’re keen to spruce up tired interiors or try new trends, hopefully, this guide has given you food for thought.