40 easy style updates: Part three

From best buys and clever tricks to mini décor projects… this is our roundup of the simplest, quickest ways to make your home more beautiful now

28. Include cosy textures in your kitchen

Soften all those hard surfaces with some new kitchenware and accessories in rustic wood, beautiful marble, terracotta and slate for a modern farmhouse look.

Serving board, £49.99, Very

29. Paint a bold black splashback

Ring the changes without replacing your kitchen by swapping the splashback for paneling painted in a bold shade – choose kitchen and bathroom paint for a wipeable finish.

For a similar paint, try the Rich Black Silk emulsion, £24.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

30. Plant an indoor garden

Once the garden’s been put to bed, keep nature in your life with easy-to-care for house plants. Clusters of cacti and succulents on windowsills and side tables will bring fresh colour to any space.

For similar glass plant pots, try the Vagtorn, £2 each, Ikea

31. UPCYCLE A TIRED CHEST OF DRAWERS

Give it some love with a set of smart handles. Rockett St George and Anthropologie have quirky shapes and patterns.

32. PLUMP FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO ARTWORK

Forget committing to a big new canvas and throw in a painterly cushion or two, instead. The stormier the colours, the better.

Cushion £35, National Trust Shop

33. BEGIN THE BIG CLEANUP

Now the kids are back at school, take charge of Operation Clear-up and fill crate-style boxes with garden toys, craft kit and anything else they’ve left in their wake.

Storage boxes, £15 for two, Matalan

34. PUT COLOUR IN UNUSUAL PLACES

Neutral spaces needn’t be boring: throw in a style surprise with a op of bright paint around door frames, along the picture rail, skirting boards or bannister spindles.

Prints, from £14.95 each, King & McGaw

35. RECONSIDER ACCENT COLOURS Update your accessories in seasonal colours – pick prints, ceramics and objects in a mellow palette of autumnal browns, gentle yellows and rich russets.

36. Perk up a plain stairway

A simple white staircase is ripe for reivention but it needn’t be drastic – try using a stencil to number each step in a smart, classic font. Little ones will love it.

For similar stencils, try the Americana Numbers, £6.50 for a set, Hobbycraft.

37. STYLE YOUR FIREPLACE

Make it the hero focal point with a pair of oversized, turned-wood candlesticks, copper-finish lanterns or clear glass pillar vases filled with pine cones on each side of the hearth.

38. FIND A USE FOR A RUSTIC PLANK

Add rough-luxe texture to your kitchen with a salvaged wooden shelf and shiny copper brackets. Find reclaimed timber locally via woodrecycling.org.uk

Rhombi glass mosaic tiles, £196 per sq m, Topps Tiles

39. GO WITH THE FAUX…

…and enjoy your favourite blooms event when they’re not in season. Buy good-quality artificial flowers in single stems and arrange as you would fresh ones, trimming the lengths until you’re happy.

Faux hydrangea stem, £9, Bloom

40. Supersize your living room rug

Treat your rug as the anchor point for the room and choose a size that suits the scale of the space. In a large living room, a too-small rug placed in front of a roomy sofa can look lost and a little Spartan. As a general rule, a rug should be longer and wider than the sofa.

Sisal rug, from £53.35 per sq m.
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