The Insider: How to revamp without redecorating
Sunday 11 March 2012
Last Christmas, instead of slouching in front of the TV, I spent eight days redecorating. Excellent results, but exhausting for body, mind and bank balance. So I asked the experts for some alternatives...
"For a cheap change," says stylist Jasmine Orchard (jasmineorchardstyling.com), "shuffle stuff between rooms. Gather things from different rooms to bring collections together; sometimes it means buying one or two new items – such as bedding, lighting or cushions – to pull a look together, but it's the easiest revamp."
"Changing lighting really affects the mood of a room," adds Orchard, "creating accents for different areas or highlighting artwork." It can be as simple as swapping lampshades, adding a dimmer switch or buying second-hand Anglepoises – I just spruced a dingy corner with a jar filled with fairy lights. Peasy.
For an effort-lite feature wall, House Doctor's Lucy Inskip (housedoctor.co.uk) recommends mounting free wallpaper samples in a trio of cheap, Ikea frames.
"Drape white fabric – whatever you find, even sheets – over a pole in front of a window," adds Inskip. "It should be to the floor: think loft apartment or Parisian atelier. Fold the top end over and sew – or staple – it in place."
Feel the funk
For bold nightclub glamour, or temporary party décor, follow the lead of Inskip's colleague, who attached pound-shop gold-foil party plates to a wall in a grid pattern.
"Revamp tired furniture by changing handles or buying cut-to-size glass tops and placing wallpaper or fabric underneath," says Inskip. Who needs a paintbrush?
Find Kate's blog on affordable interiors at yourhomeislovely.com
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