Give your home a 2019 makeover: top 10 tips

house plants

30 Jan

Looking to spruce up your home in 2019? We’ve put together our top tips to brighten up your living space and create a home aesthetic to rival the most stylish of interiors.

1. Wall art

wall art

The more the better! Prints make for an affordable addition to your walls and are easy to move around, too. Whether it’s your favourite Vogue cover, music artwork, nostalgic travel posters or minimalist line drawings, you can’t go wrong. Deciding how to hang the art can be tricky to get right. As a rule of thumb, artwork should be places roughly at eye level, but you can be creative and use multiple, different sized artwork to create a gallery wall.

If you are a tenant, you may not be able to place nails or screws in your walls, so check with your landlord first. If not, you can always use hanging strips instead – they remove cleanly without leaving marks on your walls.

2. Light it up

light shades

Simple touches such as replacing lightbulbs and lamp shades are an easy and affordable way to brighten up and modernise any room in your home. Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to making your home look chic and contemporary. Industrial style lampshades such as brass pendant lights are extremely fashionable right now.

If you’re a tenant, check with your landlord to see if the original lamp shades need to be kept for when you move out.

3. Go green

house plants

Channel your inner millennial and fill your home with nature: not only do plants purify the air and increase oxygen levels, they are super stylish too!

Peace lilies combats mould, English ivy removes benzene from the air, aloe vera plants are great to have around the house for medicinal purposes and lavender is fantastic for helping you sleep.

Succulents are low maintenance as they don’t need watering very often and offer a variety of colours, textures and shapes.

Visit your local flower market late afternoon for the last bargains of the day – you can get an array of plants for just a few pounds.

4. Under the sea

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Photo credit: Anthropologie.com

Blame the popularity of David Attenborough, because this season’s top trends are inspired by the ocean. You may have noticed scalloped furniture featured in your favourite fashionable restaurants and this retro, ultra-feminine trend has now been seen in the most stylish of homes too.

Fish scale or mermaid tiles are also very popular. The curved shape allows subtle fluidity in your home, just like the ocean.

We’ve fallen hook line and sinker for this fun new trend!

5. All that glitters is not gold

Home DIY

Similarly to jewellery, home accessories add the finishing touch to any space, and don’t have to cost a fortune. This is the perfect way to give your home some pizazz and sparkle.

Opting for vintage stores and second-hand furniture stores means you may find some unique hidden gems to add a touch of glamour to your property.

Alternatively, give your traditional items a contemporary twist with a little DIY – add some fringing or tassels to an old cushion, use old wine bottles as candle holders or upcycle old books to create quirky shelves.

6. Add a feature wall

feature wall tropical print

A fresh lick of paint goes a long way, and a feature wall goes even further. Pick one wall in the room and paint it a different colour, or ever pick out some cool wallpaper. This is perfect if you are looking to experiment but don’t want to commit to an entire room.

Try your favourite interior trends: whether that’s matte paint, tropical prints or scalloped patterns, a feature wall is a brilliant way to test it out in your home.

7. Fresh bedding

orange bedroom

If you are short on time or money, redecorating your bedroom can seem a little out of reach. However, new bedding can give your bedroom a makeover without having to redo the whole room. You can experiment with colours and textures, adding cushions and even a throw to spruce up your boudoir and bring personality to the room.

8. Matte is back

paint colours

Whether it’s the paint on your walls, your kitchen surfaces or your appliances: matte is back!

Embrace dark, rich hues for a real impact. The contrast between a sleek, dark, matte feature wall against metal accessories is the ultimate 2019 fashion statement for your home.

9. It’s all in the details

coffee table decoration
Photo credit: Pinterest

Simple touches make a world of difference. There are some fantastic coffee table books out there: Whether you are interested in fashion, cars or cocktails, stack a few on your coffee table with a candle or to create a homely feel for when you have guests over.

10. Tidy home, tidy mind

storage drawers

Is your home starting to look cluttered? When you have too many things laying around it creates chaos. Aim for minimalism and invest in smart storage options such as hanging planter walls, pull-out shelves and drawers – they will make a huge difference and your home will be so much more organised.

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