10 ways to makeover your interior in a weekend
We’ve all found ourselves feeling bored and tired of our interior. Where coming home no longer feels exciting, the interior is looking a little warn or you’ve completely outgrown the space. Maybe your personal style has evolved and your interior just isn’t keeping up.
The simple answer is that it’s time to renovate. Although the thought of renovating is somewhat alluring, it may not be the right time to take on an extensive renovation because of a lack of time or money.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to makeover your interior in a weekend without a complete renovation. No knocking down walls, no dust, no massive financial outlay. We’ve listed our top 10 favourite things you can do to give your interior that much needed update in just a couple of days.
1. Switch up your layout
One of the easiest things you can do in a day is to rearrange your furniture and switch up your layout. This can instantly change how the space feels and how you use the room. It could be as simple as moving an occasional chair around, rotating your dining table or switching your bed to face another direction.
We like to play with rearranging furniture seasonally. For winter, consider creating an intimate space around the fire, TV or book shelf. For the warmer months, foster a connection with the outside by changing your layout to maximise your views outdoors.
2. Create more space
Yes, you can create more space in your interior without knocking down walls. If you’re looking for that airy and open feel, it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Remove everything from your room – furniture, accessories, paintings, photos and books. Slowly start reintroducing the objects to the space, but avoid putting everything back.
As you begin to fill your room, you’ll notice the objects that are taking up too much space like that large sofa or credenza. Consider replacing bulky furnishings for something that better fits the room, or paint furniture an off-white to reduce its visual presence.
If you have rooms in your home that aren’t currently being used, like a formal dining area, consider repurposing them. Could you create more space by using it as an office, a playroom or another lounge area?
3. Get your paint brush out
Painting your entire interior can be time consuming and costly, but that’s no reason to steer clear of paint. If you only have a couple of days to update your interior, consider smaller paint jobs. Paint your front door, a feature wall or a small room of your house like the hall or powder room.
You can even use paint to update your kitchen, bathroom or laundry tiles and splashback. Look for ways you can use paint to create a statement or freshen up the area. Dark paint behind a set of open shelves for example, can help make your accessories standout and come to life.
4. Update your hardware and fittings
An entire kitchen renovation can cost you thousands but if your cabinetry is in good shape, changing the hardware can make a huge difference to the look of your space. It’s also very affordable!
Go trendy with brass, rose gold or leather handles, or stick with something more traditional for the space. If you want to add personality and quirkiness, visit vintage shops or salvage yards for knobs and hooks that will suit your cabinetry.
5. Go green
Indoor plants have made a comeback since the 1970’s as a great way to add greenery and life to a space. Choose from a plant with architectural lines like some cacti or opt for a fern which will add softness to your space.
Indoor plants can add colour and texture, fill a neglected corner or add visual interest. If you’re yet to find your green thumb, make sure you choose a variety that is low maintenance. Also find plants that suit the level of natural light in your space.
6. Focus on your floors
Floors can often be neglected, especially when the budget is tight. But updating your floors with rugs can have a dramatic impact on your space quickly.
Lay down a new rug in the living room which works with your furnishings and colour palette. No need to throw your old rug away – if it’s in good condition, keep it so you can rotate your rugs seasonally. If you are tight on cash, consider purchasing a piece of carpet that fits the space and have the edges overlocked.
7. Decorate your walls
An interior with bare walls can be very bland indeed, so why not spend the weekend adding interest to your space? You can do this by framing up some of your favourite travel photos, hanging a few prints or displaying a wall hanging.
Go one step further and wallpaper a feature wall or a smaller space in your home. A powder room, hallway or study can be the perfect place to add some colour and pattern. If you live in a rented property or struggle with commitment, consider using removable wallpaper that can be changed or removed easily.
8. Change your lighting
Rather than rely on your fixed overhead lighting to light up your space, introduce decorative lights. You can do this in any room of your home to change the way the interior looks and feels. A pendant light hung low above your table for instance, can add intimacy to your space. Table or floor lamps in your living room is a great way to add warmth and mood.
Just remember to choose lights that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.
9. Update your accessories seasonally
Accessories can be an affordable way to change the look and feel of your space in a single day. They also can be easily updated seasonally or when you desire a new look. Our advice is to consider the types of fabric, textures and scents you would like in the cooler and warmer months.
Linen, cottons and natural fibres are perfect for summer. Whereas wools, felts and velvets work well in winter. You can incorporate these in cushions, throws or floor rugs. Play with scent by add candles, oils or flowers to your space. The freshness of lilies, mint or lemon are prefect for summer. In winter think your warmer scents like cinnamon, vanilla, blood orange or coffee.
10. Install new storage
Storage is something many of us can’t get enough of. Regardless of what room in your home you’re wanting to update, installing new storage can maximise space and add interest.
Open shelving in your kitchen can clear your countertops and be a great spot to display your cookbooks or favourite cookware. Place a standalone bookshelf in your living room to show off your trinkets, photos and books. A buffet in your dining room can be the ideal place to house your good china and make the interior feel complete.
You don’t need to renovate to makeover your interior. Simply updates can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your space without creating dust, taking up too much time and draining your bank account!
You might also like