Re­vamp your hum­ble abode with­out break­ing the bank

A new sea­son is a great op­por­tu­nity to re­vamp your home. Here are some tips to freshen up var­i­ous places in your abode.

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY EL­LIE HUGHES

BED­ROOM

En­sure there is enough stor­age – this re­duces clut­ter for a bet­ter feel.

The bed­room is a per­sonal space, use colours that you like.

Linen and pil­lows are im­por­tant de­sign fea­tures – match the colour pat­tern.

In­cor­po­rate head­boards and fea­ture walls. The bed­room is a space spe­cific to its owner, mean­ing it should have the most per­son­alised feel in the house.

Use colours that you like here and dec­o­rate mainly with throws, pil­lows and an orig­i­nal head­board or

fea­ture wall as a fo­cus.

BATH­ROOM

Large tiles are pop­u­lar – they look fresh and are easy to clean. Small tiles are bet­ter for smaller ar­eas. Softer edges are more pop­u­lar now. A bath­room re­lies on tiles for its un­der­pin­ning style so

they need spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion.

Large tiles and soft edges are in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, over­rul­ing an­gu­lar shapes and small tiles.

How­ever, us­ing small mo­saic type tiles in smaller spa­ces can be an easy way to cre­ate va­ri­ety.

PLAY ROOM

Stor­age is key – sim­ple style is best to be able to change with a child’s in­ter­est.

Ei­ther use pale pas­tel tones to calm chil­dren or bright colours for stim­u­la­tion.

Colour in play rooms can vary from nor­mal house colours.

Win­dows and nat­u­ral light are im­por­tant. A play room is a place for kids, and its de­sign should re­flect this.

The colour scheme doesn’t need to match other rooms in the house.

Sim­ple stor­age is best here and a fo­cus on nat­u­ral light­ing is im­por­tant.

KITCHEN

Stor­age – deep draw­ers and shelves for dis­play.

Bars/is­lands are very pop­u­lar and func­tional.

Darker colours are good – grey, char­coal and navy es­pe­cially. Tim­ber and white con­trast well. High-gloss fin­ishes make small spa­ces look big­ger.

Matte fin­ishes are trend­ing for cab­i­nets.

Kitchens are best done in dark colours like navy with tim­ber or white for con­trast.

In­clud­ing is­lands in a de­sign adds func­tion­al­ity and style.

LIV­ING ROOM

Stor­age is im­por­tant – leav­ing things ly­ing around cre­ates clut­ter.

TV place­ment is im­por­tant – it’s best to have it wall-mounted and away from win­dows.

Rugs are a key de­sign fea­ture in liv­ing rooms – make them large to cre­ate bal­ance and make a room feel larger

Rugs can be a great cen­tre of a liv­ing room.

Size is ev­ery­thing here, be­cause large rugs give a feel­ing of space while small ones throw off the bal­ance of the room.

LIGHT­ING

Un­der­stand the pur­pose of the lights – light­ing styles change depend­ing on what they are needed for.

Di­rect light­ing is fo­cused on work space, in­di­rect is for am­bi­ence and over­all light­ing of a space. Kitchens need di­rect light­ing, bed­rooms and bath­rooms can have softer light­ing

Re­mem­ber nat­u­ral light from win­dows. Pen­dant lights are very in fash­ion. Use sev­eral points to light one room.

Kitchens are best done in dark colours like navy with tim­ber or white for con­trast.

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