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Taylor Smart, a Bury St Edmunds-based home and lifestyle blogger, gives us a few ideas of how to brighten up our homes




In the light of this difficult time many of us are sitting at home staring at the walls thinking how we can give everything a little refresh without leaving the house to go shopping. Making a few small changes in your home can make a huge difference to the ambience and look of your home.

Give your home a lick of paint

When was the last time you actually painted your walls? Is the paint looking tired and old? Not looking too fresh? The quickest way to change up a room is to give it a new fresh colour for spring.

Sage Advice Emulsion and Eggshell Paint, www.dowsingandreynolds.com (33831068)
Sage Advice Emulsion and Eggshell Paint, www.dowsingandreynolds.com (33831068)

Sage Advice Emulsion and Eggshell Paint, www.dowsingandreynolds.com

Fill large empty walls with art and mirrors

If you want to add colour to a room without making any major changes, one of the easiest ways is to fill any large wall areas with artwork. If you are not careful this could make a room look smaller – a tip to make the room look larger while adding artwork is to incorporate mirrors to give an illusion that the space is in fact larger than it is.

Maori Chiefs Wall Art, www.mindtheg.com (33831066)
Maori Chiefs Wall Art, www.mindtheg.com (33831066)

Maori Chiefs Wall Art, www.mindthegap.com

Give your shelves a good declutter

We are all nostalgic and try to hold onto things that have a lot of meaning to us, but often we tend to just plonk them on show and not actually find a home for them. Over time, our shelves can become a dumping ground for bits and pieces we once cherished.

The best advice is to remove everything from shelving units and give it a good clean down. Once clean you can start to rearrange and find homes for your beloved belongings. Try to keep items of the same tone and colour together for a more styled look. Any items that you find no longer hold an importance to you, store them away elsewhere or donate them.

Novamobili Perry Wardrobe (corner shelves), www.gomodern.co.uk (33831071)
Novamobili Perry Wardrobe (corner shelves), www.gomodern.co.uk (33831071)

Novamobili Perry Wardrobe (corner shelves), www.gomodern.co.uk

Lighting is key

Lamps are the best way to add a warm cosy feeling to your living spaces without breaking the bank. By adding new lighting in the dark corners of your home, you can make rooms look larger on a budget. If you wish to add a more rustic element to your home, try using Edison lightbulbs in lamps. These give off a warmer tone than the bright white light bulbs we are accustomed to.

Hill Interiors industrial lamp, www.topdrawer.co.uk (33831088)
Hill Interiors industrial lamp, www.topdrawer.co.uk (33831088)

Hill Interiors industrial lamp, www.topdrawer.co.uk

Add new textures to a room by adding a rug

Adding rugs can break up the textures of a room and incorporate new tones other than just a plain carpet or wooden flooring. Try to match the colours and textures with other items you have in the room such as sofas, beds and armchairs.

Ivory Diamond Sisal-Look Outdoor Rug, www.limelace.co.uk (33831080)
Ivory Diamond Sisal-Look Outdoor Rug, www.limelace.co.uk (33831080)

Ivory Diamond Sisal-Look Outdoor Rug, www.limelace.co.uk

Add some candles or oil burners

On top of making your house smell lovely, these can give a more romantic and relaxing feeling when lit in the evening. Always make sure to check that the oils or waxes you are burning are not toxic and are pet friendly if you have a little furry friend at home.

Ceramic & Wood Tea Light Oil Burner, www.buckleyandphillips.com (33831085)
Ceramic & Wood Tea Light Oil Burner, www.buckleyandphillips.com (33831085)

Ceramic & Wood Tea Light Oil Burner, www.buckleyandphillips.com

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