Now the kids have flown the nest what should you do with all of that space? We suggest you use the time to embrace your own style, and create some new space in your home that reflects your taste. If you don’t know where to start or what to change, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider.
Where to start?
Before you start re-designing your space, think about what you’ll be using it for and explore alternative uses for that room. For example, a bedroom can be transformed into a range of different rooms, depending on your budget. Think about creating a room for your hobby, for reading and writing, or a home gym. Alternatively, why not create an ornate dressing room, a private den, or a beautiful master bathroom? Thinking about how you’d like to use your space will help you decide what items to keep, and what things you won’t need anymore.
The next stage to creating a beautiful new style of your own is to de-clutter the space you have. This process can be quite daunting, but don’t worry, there are lots of ways of dealing with this difficult task. Start off with the easy and obvious things you don’t need, and either sell, recycle or throw away excess. Don’t be afraid, and don’t keep things out of a sense of guilt or obligation. It’s your home!
If most of your clutter items are old favourites of the kids, and you can’t bear to throw them away, why not see if they’ll take them or put them into storage. Giving a deadline for when you are starting the de-clutter process can help your children make decisions. It’s useful to give yourself small targets, and try to do a small amount of de-cluttering each day. Once you get started, it’s easier than you think! For inspiration, see this video on how to reduce the amount of clutter in your home.
How do I rediscover my own style?
Once you’ve tackled the hard part of decluttering, you can now enjoy getting creative. Now’s the time to enjoy exploring your own style and tastes. Have a go at creating your own mood boards to gather inspirational images and colours. Find images from magazines or if you love Pinterest, take a look at our boards for some inventive ideas.
- Think about the style you will choose for the room. Do you want a more modern and contemporary feel? If so there are so many ways you can easily redecorate a room with minimal effort. Thinking about which items to keep or choosing furniture with clean, uncluttered edges can work well.
- If you’re aiming for a more vintage theme, then you can mix a combination of new and antique pieces. To save money and still achieve a stunning look, use old curtains to reupholster chairs and cushions to suit your taste. If you don’t want to change your flooring, then simply adding a vintage style rug or carpet runner over wood floors can look very stylish.
How do I redecorate a room easily?
Now you’ve got some ideas, some colours in mind and a room purpose, you might want to start to create a colour scheme or define a colour palette. Dulux has a useful guide here and Design Seeds has an excellent tool online for helping you choose the perfect colour combos. Buying quality paint is always a good idea, and remember to try out your colour samples on the wall before you invest in enough paint for the whole room.
What quick changes can I make if I don’t want to redecorate a whole room?
If you don’t fancy painting your walls, buying a few new accessories will help make your space feel like a new room. Get a swatch of your wall colour and take it with you while you’re shopping so that you can choose accessories in hues that will work with what you’ve got.
Why not add some new cushions in a bright accent colour? Adding some plants can bring vibrancy and colour to a space. A simple solution could also be to try new lighting, a new lampshade or a table lamp. A final simple tip is to move art around your house from other rooms, or simply invest in one new picture.
For more ideas about how to decorate bedrooms and attic spaces, we’ve got loads of inspiration on our blog! We hope you found these ideas useful, if you did please share this blog on Twitter or Facebook.