Getting sick of seeing the same four walls? These easy, affordable updates can make a whole lot of difference to any room.
The original kitchen architecture has been revitalised rather than renovated here, with the exposed brick painted white for a fresh take, acting as a neutral backdrop to the statement fluted island.
- Breathe new life into old cupboard fronts with a fresh lick of paint. Green bring s a sense of vitality and adds depth
- Open shelves create the illusion of space and draw the eye upwards
- Replacing handles is an easy update for a kitchen. Brass looks chic, or try textures such as leather or suede. Busterandpunch.com has a good selection
Living room luxe-ups
Break up a neutral palette with a bold room divider or by painting the ceiling in a different colour. For rooms with less height, opt for pale shades to help bounce light around. Sofa, £1,899, armchair, £499, and coffee table, £249, all marksandspencer.com.
- Stripes in contrasting shades liven up a space or quiet corner
- Mirrors can act as wall art, reflecting whatever is opposite them – so make sure it’s a good view!
- Mix and match rugs from the same colour palette in different sizes to add texture. Or hem the edges of an old carpet in a contrasting colour for a new look
Mixing materials such as wood, plaster and stone gives this minimal bathroom design more depth. For a similar roll-top bath try victorianplumbing.co.uk. For pink linen fabric go to romo.com.
Neutral shades and natural materials create the perfect bedroom zen. A calming backdrop allows for a few statement accessories scattered through the room. Bed, £599; bedside table, £199; watercolour duvet cover (part of set), £70; striped pillowcases (part of set), £48; orange wool throw, £80; fawn chenille throw, £25; framed print, £195, all johnlewis.com
- Art can help change the dynamic of a space. Create a gallery wall or move prints between rooms to make them feel new
- Bring new life to pre-loved pieces by mixing vintage finds with modern accessories
- For an instant lift, swap plain bedding for patterns or bold colours. Here soft watercolour tones are offset by a sharp orange throw
Report by Nicole Gray