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DIY Tips And Tricks: Simple Ways To Make A Big Impact In Your Home

by Freddie Armstrong

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If you’re tired of looking at the same four walls, you’ll be happy to hear that you can make a big difference to your living space on a small budget. With a few simple changes and some quick and easy DIY, you can revive even the most tired-looking space.

Add an accent wall

An accent wall is a great way to transform a room in your home without breaking the bank. All you’ll need is a pot of paint, a brush and a roller and you’re good to go.

When you’re picking a colour for your accent wall, go as bold as you dare. The whole point of accent walls is that they are different to the other walls in your room.

As long as you have accessories in your room that will match the colour of your accent wall, you can go for whichever colour appeals to you the most.

Add a few oak floating shelves to your accent wall

Use oak floating shelves to create a display of your favourite accessories and ornaments on your accent wall.

Floating shelves with carefully placed plants, candles and family photos, will bring an area of interest to a room and can add a real warmth to your space and home.

You could either place the shelves in a vertical line or a ‘stepped’ pattern. We would always recommend going with odd numbers of shelves (so 3 or 5), as for some reason odd looks much better than even!

Re-think your room layout

Moving your furniture around is a really easy way of changing the feel of your room. And best of all, it’s free!

Instinctively, we push our furniture up against walls to leave a space in the middle of the room at home. However, this can make a room feel a little cramped and uninviting. Moving your furniture away from the walls can transform your living space.

For example, if you have two sofas in your living room, instead of having them with their backs against the wall, try placing them facing each other with a coffee table in-between. What will work for you will depend on your furniture and the room’s shape. Just have a play and see what happens. Worst case scenario, you can move it all back again next week!

Treat yourself to a ‘new’ piece of furniture

Charity shops are the ideal place to pick up bargain pieces of furniture for your home. Old chairs can be reupholstered to give them a new lease of life, chest of drawers painted to completely change their look…you could even re-purpose an old chest of drawers into a kitchen island. If you’re unsure of how to do something or are looking for inspiration, there are plenty of how-to videos on YouTube to help you out.

If we’ve inspired you to add an accent wall, take a look at our range of oak floating shelves. We even have shelves designed specifically for plasterboard, so you should find a shelf to suit, no matter what type of wall you have.

And, as always, don’t forget to send us your pictures!