If you’ve got a tired item of furniture or something that no longer ties in with a new decor scheme, why not try upcycling it to give it a fresh look? This wall-hung storage unit has been painted in Farrow & Ball‘s Green Smoke and Arsenic Green paint for a cool, contemporary feel.
Whether you need a fully fledged place to work, a study area for your kids or even a place for a bit of life admin, it’s worth maximising the potential of your living room to create a smart home office. Corners are often wasted space, so if you can turn it into a study zone, all the better. Try investing in slim-line pieces of furniture with sleek lines that aren’t obtrusive and save space by opting for a stool that will slot neatly underneath the desk rather than a chair. Complete the look with contemporary accessories, such as these designs from B&Q.
Take the time to go through those dusty boxes of old family photos and other paraphernalia that you’ve collected on your travels. A great way to appreciate these special memories is to create a collage of your most treasured items and arrange them in a series of glass frames like these from Decorator’s Notebook. That way, you’ll get to appreciate them everyday.
An easy way to instantly transform a space is with a striking mural. This verdigris-effect design by Murals Wallpaper instantly adds interest and the impression of texture. The prints can be hung just like normal wallpaper, but allow for a bigger impact, creating a real statement.
At some stage or other, you probably have bought a piece of IKEA furniture that’s now looking a bit shabby. Before ditching it completely, one great solution is to give it a facelift with customised fronts designed exactly for that purpose. Swedish company Superfront has a great range of products for IKEA’s Pax, Metod, Faktum and Bestå units in a wide range of colours, from pretty pastels to bold hues.