Make big changes at a small price

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - with Tracey Hordern

MOST of us fear change and I know for me, this fear goes back to child­hood. A par­ent or teacher would ad­mon­ish us with, “There’s go­ing to be some changes around here!” Eek – change did not seem like some­thing to look for­ward to.

But as we get older, we re­alise that change is in­evitable and it can be won­der­ful. And when it comes to per­sonal style, whether it is fash­ion or your home, em­brac­ing change is pos­i­tive. I mean, what’s the al­ter­na­tive? Get stuck with a “look” long af­ter it has served you? Well, in MHO (My Hum­ble Opin­ion) that’s never a good look.

Last week, I changed the large rug in my bed­room for a com­pletely new one and new look. While I loved my pre­vi­ous rug it had de­fined my bed­room for more than five years – and it was time for a change. This got me think­ing about the eas­i­est, most cost-ef­fec­tive ways to change the look of your space.

Firstly, and I know I have al­ready used this as an ex­am­ple, change your floor­ing. If you’ve ever ripped up old car­pet to re­veal beau­ti­ful tim­ber floor­boards, you know what I’m talk­ing about. You can also white­wash old or dirty floor­boards.

My next sug­ges­tion is to change light­ing. There are so many fab­u­lous, af­ford­able light­ing op­tions, but you will ob­vi­ously need a pro­fes­sional to han­dle the electrics.

An­other great eco­nom­i­cal game-changer to al­ter a space is to re­work your walls. You can choose to paint a dif­fer­ent colour, but please, no fea­ture walls (so last decade) But what is so 2017 is new-look, de­signer wall­pa­per – and this is an es­pe­cially dra­matic op­tion if cho­sen to com­ple­ment your fur­ni­ture and dé­cor.


Wall­pa­per, like this pat­tern avail­able from wallpapers­, is back in vogue.

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