40 easy style updates: Part two

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

13. Fit a row of statement pendants

Put your dining table in the spotlight with a row of low-hanging pendants. Follow the stylist’s rule that odd numbers work best, and make sure there’s enough gap so diners won’t bang their heads!

For similar pendant lights, try the Nordal bell lamp, £60, Amara

14. Indulge in new towels

Make winter soaks super-luxe by swapping your past-their-prime towels for hotel-quality Egyptian cotton ones with a GSM of between 400g and 600g per sq m- they’re more absorbent and will last longer.

15. Try low-level lighting

The best-lit rooms have layers of blended light to create a cosier vive, so switch off the main overhead light and use a mix of table lamps and wall lights instead.

Bessy table lamp, £145, Loaf

16. Refresh your sofa cushions

Wait for a sunny day and take cushions outside. Leave them in the sun for three hours, flipping them over after an hour and a half. It’ll dry out any moisture that’s trapped inside and puff them up again.

17. Add a truly fabulous tieback

A colourful pom-pom trim will add a fanciful flourish to even the plainest of curtains and is an easy way to give inexpensive ready-mades a style upgrade.

Rialto tieback, £100, Romo

18. Fix up your bathroom floor tiles

Replace plain bathroom tiles with patterned ones to make your room totally retreat-worthy. A simple motif like this won’t be too busy for a small space, and the easy-to-lay vinyl can be fitted in a weekend.

Lattice vinyl tiles in pebble Grey, £42.95 per sq m, Dee Hardwick range, Harvey Maria

19. Turn books into a display

Give a bookcase a mini overhaul by organising books into different sizes. Then stack them horizontally and vertically to add visual interest.

20. Bring the outdoors in

Add autumnal colour to a neutral living room with fresh-cut flowers in vivid oranges, yellows and purples, plus lots of twigs and foliage.

Cube vase, £17.50, LSA International

21. Help a boring wall bloom

Try a 3D treatment to bring a featureless space to life. Arrange porcelain flowers in clusters up a wall, so your room will be in bloom all year round.

22. Put up a full-width wall shelf

A genius idea for small bedrooms: fit a slim wall-to-wall shelf in the wasted space above the bed. It frees up bedside tables and creates an extra display surface.

Ottoman storage bed, from £1,195, Button & Sprung

23. Harvest some colour

If your hanging baskets have had their time, keep your porch and patio colour going with clusters of potted chrysanthemums and piled-up displays of pumpkins and squashes.

24. Showcase an accent chair

Prepare for a new season of great telly by getting seating sorted. A patterened armchair will shake up a safe living room by contrasting with plain sofas and flooring. All you need is a super-smart side table for your cuppa…

Hugo chair in Mekko Blue, £279, Marks and Spencer

25. Hang heavier curtains

Floaty sheers might do the trick in summer, but when the evenings start to get cooler, swap light fabrics for heavier-weight lined curtains that will block draughts and insulate the room, so you stay good and cosy.

Curtain made in Livadi 130250 fabric, £75 per m, Harlequin

26. Boost light with mirrors

Want to brighten up a north-facing room? Position a mirror on the wall opposite the window to reflect the incoming daylight.

Alana round mirror,
£129, Made.com

27. Fall for autumnal foliage

Embrace the change of seasons and give your décor an autumnal twist- whether it’s a single fern motif at a window or a lively leaf print adding wow to a wall.

FB012 window film, £30, The Window Film Company. For a similar wallpaper, try Herbarium, £59 per roll, BorasTapeter range, Amara.

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