40 easy style updates: Part one

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

bedroom with wooden flooring and white wall with bed with cushions

(Image credit: House of Fraser)

1. Make your bedroom oh so cosy

Paint a band of dusky grey behind the bed for warm colour that doesn't overwhelm the room. Then switch cotton sheets for flannel and load the bed with throws and cushions to create a cosy nest designed to lie-ins.

Karstead bed linen,
£80 for a double duvet cover, Gray & Willow range, House of Fraser

2. Luxe up your cutlery

Make dinner with friends a more glam affair with silverware in a gold or copper finish.
Available at House of Fraser or Habitat

marble alphabet coaster

(Image credit: Oliver Bonas)

3. Use a cool coaster to mark your spot

Prevent teacup rings on your coffee table and make it clear which corner of the sofa is yours, with a chic alphabet coaster emblazoned with your initial.

Marble alphabet coaster,
£8, Oliver Bonas

cork wallpaper

(Image credit: Albany range Wallpaperdirect)

4. Get a quirky look with cork wallpaper

Textured wallpapers have been around for yonks and now cork is having a moment. It's an easy way to stay in neutral, while putting a little fashion on your walls.

Natural Textures cork-effect wallpaper, £19.99 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

dining area with wooden flooring

(Image credit: The Stencil Library)

5. Put on a floor show

Spruce up bare wood floorboards with a paint treatment using a large-format stencil and black spray paint. Cheaper than new flooring and a great way to disguise past-their-best boards.

Fennel stencil,
£52.45, The Stencil Library

6. Use a softer shade of whitePure white gloss paint can give woodwork a bit of a grey tinge, especially in winter light, so make it easier on the eye with a yellow-tinted eggshell, like Little Greene's Slaked Lime, £27 for 1ltr.

white and grey colour runner

(Image credit: Wilko)

7. Revamp your dining table with a £5 fix

This simple runner will update your dining table in an instant. We think it looks like something from posh fabric company Ian Mankin but it's actually a bargain buy from Wilko!

Ribbed table runner, £5, Wilko

vase with yellow flower on dining table

(Image credit: TBC)

8. Brighten a gloomy corner with flowers

Any citrus-yellow flowers (we used mimosa) will transform a light-starved corner and add a little everyday happiness to your room.

9. Fit warmer light bulbsAudit your light bulbs and swap clear bulbs that give a white or bluish light for ones labelled ‘warm white', for a softer illumination and a cosier feel. Look on the box for a colour temperature of 2, 700k or 3000k.

kitchen with wooden cabinets

(Image credit: Dulux)

10. Paint inside your kitchen cupboards

Fancy a change without replacing furniture? Paint the interior of glass fronted cabinets a contrasting shade - the sharper the contrast, the more standout the effect. Display crockery inside and it'll pop against the colour.

Cupboard exterior painted in Gallant Grey Endurance+; interior painted in Soft Cinnebar 5 Endurance
+;both £29.99 for 2.5lte, Dulux.

living room with fireplace

(Image credit: Little Green)

11. Create a beautiful fireplace

If you're lucky enough to have one, make the fireplace the hero of the room- and a place that draws everyone together. Paint the chimney breast a deep shade and display treasures on the mantel.

Chimneybreast painted in Dark Lead Colour Intelligent Eggshell, £27 for 1ltr, Little Green

wide mouthed baskets

(Image credit: House of Fraser)

12. Curb daily clutter

Tuck a couple of big, wide-mouthed baskets under the coffee table in the living room and use them to stow papers, magazines and discarded toys until you have time to sort them.

Diamond seagrass baskets, £40 for two, House of Fraser


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.