14 one-day makeover ideas to instantly transform your home

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14 one-day makeover ideas to instantly transform your home

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Why is that no matter how much time or money we invest into our homes, there is always that one room that simply never quite meets our expectations? Well, experienced interior designers know this pain, which is why so many of them have become adept at making small changes, which have a huge impact on every space in the home, from master bedrooms through to lounges. If you're keen to equip yourself with a few go-to upgrade techniques, take a look at our ideas now and start thinking about where you could use them!

1. Dress your hallway.

If your hallway doesn't quite scream welcome home as you walk through the front door, it might be easier to solve this than you think. A simple carpet runner will usually add a much-needed touch of glamour and style.

2. Go for a vibrant table cloth.

Whether you pick a bright colour or simply plump for a really striking pattern, a daring table cloth will add instant oomph to any dining room or kitchen. 

3. Paint up a boring floor.

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill:  Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms,
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummond's Case Study: London Townhouse, Notting Hill

Drummonds Bathrooms

Spend a couple of hours painting a funky pattern on a floor and you'll love the effect for years. Any floor can be painted, within reason, but use the right emulsion!

4. A patch of wallpaper won't go amiss.

Bees in Hexagons Pink Wallpaper:  Walls & flooring by Mister Smith Interiors,
Mister Smith Interiors

Bees in Hexagons Pink Wallpaper

Mister Smith Interiors

Instead of committing to an entire feature wall of decorative wallpaper, how about one area of a wall, such as a chimney breast or an alcove? Easy, quick and beautiful!

5. Paint inside your shelves.

 Study/office by KAMBIAM (NeuroDesign Furniture for People)
KAMBIAM (NeuroDesign Furniture for People)

Shelves TRAP consists of 8 units with bottom panel in velvet upholstery

KAMBIAM (NeuroDesign Furniture for People)

You'll be staggered by how much more interesting your wall shelves can look, if you paint the negative space inside them. We think this is a great ideas for kids' bedrooms.

6. Add in a new pattern!

Did you know that you can totally overturn a boring bathroom, just by injecting a little frivolity and fun, with a novelty shower curtain? Ditch the serious screen and play with patterns for a far more enjoyable space.

7. Raid the loft for some antiques.

 Living room by Peter Woodland Lamps
Peter Woodland Lamps


Peter Woodland Lamps

Get up in your attic and have a good scout around, to see if you can unearth some old family treasures or long-forgotten accessories. Get them out on display, for a really eclectic and different aesthetic.

8. Add in some accent colours.

Neutral with Splashes of Jewel Colours in the Cushions and Art:  Living room by Design by Deborah Ltd,
Design by Deborah Ltd

Neutral with Splashes of Jewel Colours in the Cushions and Art

Design by Deborah Ltd

You don't need to go crazy, but with a couple of contrasting hues, maybe manifested as cushions or throws, any room will TOTALLY change.

9. Move your furniture away from the walls.

The Downes, Instow | North Devon:  Living room by Perfect Stays,
Perfect Stays

The Downes, Instow | North Devon

Perfect Stays

Take a few minutes to pull your main furniture pieces away from the walls and you'll be overwhelmed by the sense of airiness and space! Maybe play with some different angles as well, to maximise light flow!

10. Mix and match your chairs.

Klash Chairs.:  Dining room by Standrin,

Klash Chairs.


Got two dining areas? Then maybe you need to mix up your chair sets a bit! Mix the two designs 50/50 and both tables will have a more youthful and energetic feel.

11. Recover a pice of furniture.

1950's Cocktail Chair in Teal Velvet:  Living room by Sketch Interiors,
Sketch Interiors

1950's Cocktail Chair in Teal Velvet

Sketch Interiors

If you've got some fabric you love, a piece of furniture that has seen better days and a staple gun, you have everything you need to tackle a simple recovering project! If you're too daunted, simply buy a slip cover and pop it on!

12. Whitewash something.

 Nursery/kid's room by homify

Quack chest of drawers


Any plain or boring piece of wooden furniture can become a shabby chic dream focal point in a room, with a 4:1 water to paint wash applied to it! Charming!

13. Curate a collection.

 Exhibition centres by Marioni srl
Marioni srl


Marioni srl

Have you ever found yourself collecting something? Then it's time to gather your best pieces and get them on display, in a main communal room. A few vases, some candles or even trinkets from holidays will all look wonderful on your shelves.

14. Display your cultural leanings.

Give yourself an hour and you can definitely get a simple bookshelf assembled and up on your wall, with a few favourite tomes displayed. A great way to start a conversation with guests, you might even find that books on display make you more likely to take a little time for yourself!

For more home upgrade tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Home upgrades for under £100!

Which of these ideas will you definitely be trying?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd,

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