With spring being in full swing, now is the ideal time to spruce up your home and make it a more exciting place to live. We all tend to spend a lot of time at home, so it makes sense that many of us want to change things up from time to time. There are plenty of ways to liven up your living space, look around your home and think about the areas that you would most like to improve and go from there.
A gallery wall
Hallways are an often-forgotten area of any home, making it the ideal blank canvas to liven up, and put your own unique and creative stamp on. Think about creating a gallery wall in your hallway to bring some personality to plain walls. If your home covers more than one level, think about creating a gallery that runs up the wall next to the staircase. Consider using different styles of vintage frames and fill them with photographs or prints. Have fun with the colours, shapes and sizes of the frames to create an eye-catching feature in the home.
If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space, give it some love and start your own vegetable patch. Not only will this bring a new lease of life to your garden, and maybe teach you a new skill, gardening in general has many health benefits. For example, reducing stress and being a good source of exercise. If you haven’t got a garden, bring the outdoors in by growing veg in a window box that can sit on your windowsill. If you prefer something simpler, invest in some house plants to help brighten up the place.
The right lighting can make all the difference to a room. From the colour of the bulb, to the style of the shade, there is a lot you can do with lighting to change the look and feel of a room. Think about adding pendant lights, this will give the room a modern edge, or consider a large shade or large floor lamp to create focal points. The colour of the bulb is equally as important as the style of light, a warm yellow will give a cosy feel to the room or a coloured bulb could bring some fun into a room. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the change in atmosphere the right colour bulb can bring.
Zoning a room
If you live in a small space, creating zones in a room can help utilise the space better. This can be done subtly, for example painting one wall a different colour. You can then use one room for multiple purposes. Consider creating a games corner, where your friends and family can get together to play classic board games or liven things up by buying a poker table and create a mini casino. Creating a small area specifically for games can help with separating your main living space, where you might cook or work, and create a fun separate area.
Wallpaper a small space
Small spaces, like closets or small bedrooms, might also be areas you’re looking to upgrade. If you decide to make these areas more exciting, think about adding wallpaper to give the space some character. Bold patterns make for great feature walls, while wallpapers featuring stripes can help create the illusion of more space. Horizontal stripes can help a room appear wider, while vertical stripes can make the ceiling feel higher. You could even consider wallpapering the ceiling, if you’re feeling adventurous.
While storage doesn’t immediately seem exciting, you’ll be surprised with the amount you can do with some simple shelving. Install shelving floor to ceiling to create a gorgeous book wall, you could even include a ladder to give the feeling of a home library. Or, why not have shelves built deep into the wall around your doorways, this unusual use of space will give a room a whole new look.
Your home should be somewhere you enjoy spending time in, but it is easy to get used to how your home looks and for it to start looking tired. Giving your home a little upgrade, whether it is adding a gallery wall, or creating a games corner, will help add a bit of excitement back into your living space.