LOOK LUXE FOR LESS

WANT BANG FOR YOUR RENOVATION BUCK? PUT DOWN THE TOOLS AND TRY THESE EASY FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES THAT WILL FRESHEN UP YOUR SPACE

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS: RE­BECCA FLOOD

If you want to give your home a new lease on life or are plan­ning on sell­ing, an ex­pert has re­vealed cheap tricks to trans­form and up­date any room.

Redec­o­rat­ing can be ex­pen­sive, so if you’re plan­ning on mov­ing soon it doesn’t make sense to spend lots of money, or you may be on a tight bud­get re­gard­less.

But ex­pert Jus­tine Wil­son, di­rec­tor of Vault Interiors, has shared the sim­ple “fin­ish­ing touches” you can make that won’t break the bank.

Speak­ing to Fe­mail, she out­lined some key in­te­rior tips – and the first is choos­ing a sin­gle

ac­cent colour to run through­out your house.

It doesn’t have to be paint, as cush­ions, a book, flow­ers or even a photo on the wall fea­tur­ing the pop of colour is enough.

Open-plan liv­ing is also de­sir­able for most peo­ple, so try and max­imise space by mov­ing fur­ni­ture if you can’t knock down a wall.

And swap­ping dated lamp­shades for pen­dant light­ing can be a quick and easy way to add value, or up­date, a room.

A cen­tral fea­ture of the home, the din­ing ta­ble, is one area that can re­ally shine, Jus­tine says.

“A nice ta­ble run­ner or eye-catch­ing cen­tre­piece can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween your room look­ing en­tic­ing or just av­er­age,” she said.

You can ac­ces­sorise with flow­ers, can­dles, some beau­ti­ful cut­lery and crock­ery for the fin­ished prod­uct.

Bath­rooms are an­other im­por­tant area that shouldn’t be over­looked.

Jus­tine says try and create a spa at­mos­phere with can­dles and flow­ers, and dec­o­ra­tive prod­ucts will help achieve the look.

She ad­vised hid­ing all daily prod­ucts, such as tooth­paste, to give the room a high-end feel.

“Coloured tow­els, scented can­dles and soap dis­pensers can go a long way to dress up a tired space,” she said.

If you have a bit more money to spend, free-stand­ing tubs, large tiles and rain­fall show­ers are easy ways to create a de­signer look.

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