With a 3-day weekend coming up, you may be considering making a few quick and easy home updates, preparing it for the summer season. Whether you have a small budget or none at all, these easy swaps and updates can take anywhere from a few minutes to a day or two but each and everyone will breathe new life into your interiors.
Try just one or two or, if you’re really feeling inspired, tackle more to really give your space that well-deserved shakeup.
Paint Your Walls
There’s something incredibly satisfying about a new paint colour on the wall. Once you prep your walls (make sure they are clean and dry with no grease or oils on them), it’s just a simple matter of covering any floors or furniture and getting out the roller.
Why not try the newest trend for a pale blush pink for a summer glow or try a soft and easy-to-live-with sage for a fashionable update in an afternoon? Both of these colours complement pieces from the versatile Oslo collection thanks to its natural oak finish and pared back Scandi style.
Add a Feature Wall
If you want to go all-out in your design scheme, consider a daring feature wall. Patterns like geometrics let vibrant splashes of colour take centre stage against an otherwise neutral background. Don’t let the furnishings overwhelm the space, though: pair your feature walls with simple pieces from our Alto or Country Cottage collections.
There are so many great wallpapers out there but it’s even easier to update a space now with new technology in wallpaper manufacture. Make the job even easier with a paste-the-wall paper that means you don’t even need a pasting table. Are you a renter or a commitment-phobe? Check out the newest designs in peel and stick removable paper for instant pattern and colour.
Style Your Coffee Table
Has your coffee table become a receptacle for toys, remote controls and old magazines? Why not give it the attention it deserves as one of the centrepieces of your room by styling it with some books, a tray, some fresh flowers picked from the garden and a candle or two? If you need some help in coffee table styling, check out our top tips.
Update Your Rugs
Rugs can be wonderful at pulling together a room and giving your furniture an anchor, delineating spaces in an open plan living area or adding colour, texture or pattern. If you have a few different area rugs in your home, why not swap the rooms they’re in? Your living room rug might actually work well under your dining table or the rug you’ve had in storage might be great in the bedroom.
rug the centre of your bedroom, making an adventurous statement to establish an eclectic tone. Pair similar colour palettes of your rug to pieces in your bedroom. For example, we’ve picked out the pink of our tropical rug above to pair with the lavender undertones of our Kemble range of painted furniture.
Searching for more inspiration? Let us help you choose an area rug.
Change Your Handles
This simple change doesn’t have to cost the earth but can give a cherished piece of furniture a whole new look in a few minutes. Consider changing the handles on any piece of furniture (even your kitchen cabinets) to give the piece a bit of an easy update.
Add a Wall Hanging
Enhance your home in the smallest of ways simply by adding an interesting wall hanging that will really shake up your space. A macramé wall hanging can add that bit of texture and depth that your wall feels naked without. Plus, it’ll help draw attention to a piece of furniture you love, such as our statement-making Hercules chest of drawers.
Refresh your Kitchen Tiles
In a well-selected colour scheme, a tiling effect draws the eyes of your visitors across the kitchen and adds a bit of activity to your interior. Above, we’ve taken inspiration from the Sunbleached Terracotta trend to achieve an authentic feeling of Mediterranean living, inspired by the area’s hot summers and handcrafted textures.
Refresh Your Bedding
This is an easy one, but if your bedding is looking a little tired after a long winter, perhaps it’s time to invest in a new set. Select colours that appear in the rest of the room to unify your bed – the room’s central piece – with the room it sits in. Play with shades from a similar palette or contrast them against complementary colours for an aesthetically pleasing clash.
Add Some Houseplants
Extracted from Root, Nurture, Grow by Caro Langton and Rose Ray of Ro Co (Quadrille, £18) Photography © Erika Raxworthy
If you are looking to bring the outdoors in, then houseplants are a great way to do this. Dot a few on window sills, stack some in a sunny corner or hang them from your ceiling to bring in colour, organic form and texture.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see just how lovely our home is because of the influx of daily clutter that comes into our lives. Take a few days to start clearing and organising those areas of the home that seem constantly messy. Rope in the family for a good tidy up and a good deep clean to see your home in a whole new light! Read on for more organising hacks.
We love the effect of matching storage solutions across one room, as we’ve demonstrated the sleek possibilities of our new Brindle range above. The neutral palette encompassed by these dreamy pieces of furniture make it easy to make simple changes in your home with accessories as your mood or the seasons change.
What will you be tackling this bank holiday in your home? Let us know on social media using the hashtag #OakFurnitureland on Instagram and Twitter!