If you love decorating your home as much as us, were sure that youre always gathering new ideas for your home, whether its keeping beautiful ideas from favourites magazines or pinning images you love on to a moodboard.
Is your living room in need of an update? While an entire living room transformation may be a bit ambitious for an average weekend (ok, perhaps a Bank Holiday), there are lots of smaller decorating projects that really can be completed in a weekend.
These easy living room updates still make a great difference to the way you feel about your living space and if you get crafty by sewing your own cushions, or try a little bit of simple DIY its also easy to achieve a great look, even if youre on a budget.
Why not paint some inexpensive wooden picture frames to display cherished family photographs or travel photos? This is a great way to create a colourful display on a neutral wall, or above a fireplace.
If youve been inspired by a designer piece thats just out of budget (that gorgeous cushion youve had you eye on, perhaps?) get creative and either sew your own soft furnishings in a similar style, or update existing accessories. A classic checked cushion can easily be given a contemporary touch with an eye-catching bright pink trimming.
Or, you might decide to brighten up an unloved corner (space under the stairs is top of our list) with a new table lamp with a colourful, handpainted lampshade.
Be inspired by the gorgeous ideas in our photo gallery and start planning your next weekend project
Update inexpensive photo frames (pictured above)
Painted in a colour that matches or contrasts with a key piece, plain wooden frames take on a designer look.
How to: Paint your frames with two coats of high-gloss paint, and complete the look by creating new mounts in dramatic marbled paper.
Window film has moved on from text and simple graphics, as this antique map shows.
How to: This bespoke window film came pre-cut in window panel-sized pieces. Before applying the film, ensure the windows are squeaky clean. Begin at the bottom of each pane and carefully smooth out the glazing film.
Artisan tiles are too beautiful just for the bathroom – use them to add a neo-Moorish mood to the living room.
How to: Start tiling from above the mantel, or, if you don’t have one, start from a baton levelled with a spirit level (not the skirting or floor as these can be uneven).
Apply a thick layer of tile adhesive to the wall using a tile float (a metal spatula with a serracted edge). Use tile spacers, or, if the tiles are uneven, judge the space by eye.
Grout tiles after placing them in position using a grouting float.
Your favourite quote, poem or lyric will transform a mirror into a personal artwork, perfect for the living room.
How to: Begin by marking out straight lines using low-tack masking tape, then, working from left to right, stick on the letters.
For a super-modern finish in the living room, go for a bright trim on a neutral cushion – neon on grey, navy or black, say.
How to: Remove the pad and pin your chosen braiding around the edge of the top face, folding neat 45° angles at the corners, then hand stitch.
The painterly trend is easy to achieve – a few brush strokes and no artistic skill required. Why not have a go at updating your living room lampshade?
How to: Mark out your pattern in pencil before you begin, but ensure your fabric paint is undiluted so the marks don’t show through. Use a good-quality flat brush to create strokes on the lampshade. Allow it to dry before switching on the light.
A touch of sparkle can uplift wallpaper and give a traditional design modern allure.
How to: Use a good-quality, all-purpose clear glue with a fine nozzle to stick rhinestones in place. Work in small areas and use sparingly for a subtle effect.
These self-adhesive tiles can be built up into a shape and mix of colours that suit your living space.
How to: Ensure your wall surface is clean and dust-free – it might be worth washing with sugar soap if you are installing the tiles in a kitchen, for example.
Flock Tiles, £85 per sq m or £25 for six by Hive at Bouf.com
A wide border will add impact to an existing architrave and make period living room details, modern.
How to: Use low-tack masking tape to mask out a band around your door frame. Paint the band and wall decoration (before fixing it to the wall) using matt emulsion.
When dry, paint out a small strip along the top of the band, and fix the wall decoration in place using No More Nails available at Amazon.
Paint skirting in the same colour. If your skirting is narrower than your band, continue with the emulsion above it to create the same width of band.
If wall space is tight in your living room, make your artistic statement in an unexpected place.
How to: Fix two hanging mounts onto your door – one at the top and one at the bottom – to stop the the picture moving when the door opens.
Got the decorating bug? Be inspired with our showcase of easy living room transformations