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10 tricks to makeover your home … fast

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Each of these simple ideas can be carried out in a day, which makes them perfect for that no-fuss weekend makeover. Before you know it you’ll be hosting dinner parties and inviting the in-laws to stay to show off your handy work.

1. Keep moving

Move your furniture around. It’s that simple. Moving your things around in the same room can go a long way to making the space feel fresh and new. Always keep functionality in mind and ensure you have comfortable walkways and can move through the space easily.

1 Rearrange Furniture

2. Get LED

Consider buying some inexpensive battery operated LED lights that have adhesive on the back and stick them in hidden places throughout your living room. Think under a console table, on top of a bookcase, or as a backlight to a vignette. This will not only add light to your room but will help to add interest by highlighting otherwise forgotten areas.

2 LED

3. Look up

Paint your ceiling! It is a bold idea, but choosing a highlight colour from your room and painting it on your ceiling will add depth and strength to your room. This can be done in less than a day and is a fairly affordable project.

3 paint ceiling

4. Branch out

Use branches instead of bought floral displays for a unique sculptural centrepiece that lasts longer, too.

4 Branches

5. Rug up

Remove a rug or add a rug. A change is refreshing!

5 rug

6. Picture this

Display drawings or magazine clippings in frames. Children’s drawings are fantastic in bright frames and add an uplifting spirit and sentimental value.

6 childrens artwork

7. Accessorise this

Change the throws and cushions on your sofa and bed. It helps to create seasonal styles with faux furs and dark textural colours for winter and linens and bright colours in summer. Further to this, why not display a wicker basket or nice bowl with seasonal fruit and nuts in your kitchen or on a mantelpiece or hall table.

7 accesorise

8. Bathroom flush

Refresh your bathroom with a scented candle or a small bouquet of flowers. Hide away your toothbrush and toothpaste and only keep your most stylish essentials on display. Remember not to clutter the counter.

8 bathroom

9. Paper work

Add life and interest to your cupboards and shelves by sticking wallpaper, decorative adhesives or paint on the backing. This is also a good incentive to clean out and remove unnecessary items from your shelves.

9 Wallpaper

10. New shades

Change up your lampshades. Black lampshades are dramatic and create lovely pools of light in a room. You could even consider buying an inexpensive paper shade, which you can then paint in any colour you like. Red is a great colour as light softens it, creating a romantic and flattering look and feel.

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A change in style and décor can go a long way to make your home feel new, exciting and comfortable again.

The original version of this story first appeared in The Home Journal.

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