5 quick tricks for instant impact

Transform a room in an afternoon with one of these easy ideas

We know how it is – you’ve grown a little bit bored of your decorating scheme, but you haven’t got the time or energy to start from scratch all over again. All you need to love it again is a statement update. These simple ideas will give your room the refresh you’re longing for in no time at all – what are you waiting for?!

1. Introduce a statement patterned fabricA couple of metres of fabric in a bold print is all it takes to
transform a dining room. Choose a fabric in a colourway that contrasts with walls to highlight a focal point or to zone a particular area of the room. Replace your curtains or blind with a more vibrant design, or, for a zero-effort approach, simply hem a length of fabric and throw it over your table to use as a tablecloth.

2. Paste up an eye-catching mural Transform a kitchen-diner by hanging up a large wall mural. Choose a design that complements your existing colour scheme so it looks like it’s been there all along – this beige Growetry design from Mr Perswall fits in beautifully with this neutral scheme. Position furniture around the mural to allow it to shine out as the focal point of the room.

3. Add a surprise with paint

Making a design statement can be as simple as painting a feature or piece of furniture in an eye-popping colour. This zingy shade of yellow adds energy to a cool grey palette, highlighting the fire surround in the centre of the room. Use a satin or eggshell paint, not gloss, when painting woodwork for a subtle, low-sheen finish.

4. Hang up a large retro-style clock
Channel a Seventies vibe in a home office by adding a mix of urban metal and cork finishes. Fix an oversized metal clock to the wall above your desk for instant impact, then balance out its proportions by hanging a floating shelf beneath it and a row of corkboards alongside it. Line up a few metal accessories on the shelf to unite your instant updates into one cohesive scheme.

5. Create a display of family photos
Make a desk area more inviting by hanging up groups of pictures. Fix a peg rail to the wall above your desk then rummage through your snaps and choose photographs that share a common theme so that your display looks considered rather than thrown together. Pop them inside a mix of black and white picture frames, then use a length of rope to tie the frames together in sets of three. Loop the rope over the pegs for a simple, relaxed display.

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