Give your home a 60-minute makeover! Interior designer reveals 7 quick updates that don’t break the bank – from raising the curtain rail to create the illusion of space to switching lampshades for more light
Whether it’s a new kitchen or a bedroom revamp, the promise of a major home makeover project is particularly appealing at the start of the new year.
But the reality is that these top-to-bottom transformations are extremely costly – and time-consuming.
Fortunately there are still ways to update your pad without giving up your weekend and delving into your savings account. In fact, it can take as little as 60 minutes to completely reinvigorate a room.
Speaking to FEMAIL, UK-based interior designer Kane Hughes shared his tips for reinvigorating a tired room in just one hour, often using pieces you already have at home.
Dreaming of new luxe curtains but can’t afford them after a Christmas blowout? Start by replacing the curtain rail on the ones you have and raising it by an inch to create the illusion of a larger window and more space.
And if a dark and gloomy room is the issue, take a look at the lampshades and see if you can swap them for a brighter colour that might transform the quality of light.
Here, Mr Hughes, who is working with MyJobQuote, shares seven quick fixes anyone can try…
RAISE THE CURTAIN ROD
Create the illusion of space: A higher curtain rail makes a space look bigger because the mind thinks the entire wall behind the curtain is glass. Opt for striped curtains for extra height
Strategically placed curtain poles can help you create the illusion of a much taller room with wider windows.
Install an extra-long curtain rod, keeping it at least two to four inches below the ceiling, so the rod or hardware does not hit.
This will trick the mind into thinking part of your wall is really glass.
Then add curtains that drape down to floor-length. Striped or solid-coloured curtains with bold edging will create an illusion of additional height.
Avoid heavily patterned curtains with large motifs that will make your room appear smaller.
UPSIZE YOUR RUG
Bigger is better… even in a small space: A large rug tricks the eye into thinking a room is more spacious. It is also essential for adding texture and making a room look finished
Common thinking is that larger furniture and accessories will make a space look smaller, but the reality is that the opposite is almost always true.
A large rug can help make a room look finished and spacious, even when placed on top of carpeting.
A trick to create the illusion of more space in a room is to place your rug at the foot of your bed and have only half the bed on it.
You can also use this trick with other pieces of furniture, placing only the front legs or back legs on the rug.
REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE
Get stuck in: Breathe fresh life into a space by rearranging the furniture you already have. The key is not to overthink it and to start doing it – just make sure you keep an eye on angles
Has your furniture been in the exact same place since you moved?
There is no need to spend thousands purchasing new furniture when you can work with what you’ve got instantly.
Not every piece of furniture needs to be pressed up against a wall or block windows- they don’t even have to stay in the same room.
Consider the function of each piece of furniture and prioritise the placement of larger items.
Then experiment with angles so your eyes lead smoothly around a room. Instead of spending hours planning it, break a sweat and just do it.
GO BIG ON A MIRROR
Add depth with a mirror: A large mirror can make a room feel less cramped and are quick to buy, unlike a new piece of art. Keep things classic and put the mirror in the centre of a wall
Large mirrors make great focal points and are perfect for quick decorating jobs.
Unlike wall art, you don’t have to spend hours deciding which mirror will match the aesthetic of your space and where to put it.
Large mirrors will usually look great in any space and are best hung in the centre of a wall.
They work particularly well in smaller rooms, because they add depth and make a tiny room feel less cramped.
CHANGE YOUR LAMPSHADES
Let there be light! A wide lampshade allows for light to spread evenly around the room
When was the last time you stopped to notice your lampshade, and the light it gives off to the rest of the room? The chances are the answer is ‘never’.
But lampshades can completely change the aesthetic of a room and dictate the amount of light it gets.
Opt for a wide lampshade that will spread light evenly around the room and make it appear larger.
If you don’t want to purchase a new lampshade, you could stencil the inside of your existing lampshade or add wall decal stickers to the exterior.
Just make sure to use LED or CFL bulbs, as they won’t get as hot and melt any materials.
UPDATE YOUR CABINET HARDWARE
Little changes, big result: Save money on a kitchen makeover and start by buying new handles
While upgrading your cabinets can be expensive, changing the hardware on your existing cabinets is a quick and inexpensive way to give your living and kitchen areas a makeover.
Choose cabinet knobs and pulls in a style you like and drill them on for a whole new look.
You can even take your existing cabinet knobs and spray paint them in a colour of your choice, or replace them for a more cost-effective solution.
BRING IN A BENCH
Underestimated: A bench is a powerful tool that adds character and elevates any space
Nothing elevates a room faster than bringing in a bench.
You can place a bench at the end of a bed for additional storage in the bedroom or perhaps bring it into the living room for extra seating.
As well as this, benches come in a variety of textures and designs to match the aesthetic of your room.
For instance, a woven bench will bring out the natural, earthy tones in a room.
The bench is an understated, versatile piece that can add dimension to any room.