Simple tips and tricks to transform your home

The popularity of home improvement TV shows has exploded – they’ve become somewhat of a guilty pleasure of late. There is something enchanting about seeing how a room can be transformed overnight by a lick of paint and an expert’s eye. 

Not everyone, however, is lucky enough to have a leading architect on hand to refurbish and transform their home. This is where the art of DIY comes in – and the possibilities are endless.

Your home is the ideal place to really showcase who you are and this can easily be achieved through interior design. 

Design has taken on a life of its own in recent years, with people relishing the opportunity to transform their home from within. 

Our tastes have evolved over the years too. We’ve moved beyond matching carpets, sofas and the ‘revelation’ of plywood. 

We’re now all about embracing different styles. Not as many seem to follow trends either – opting to create their own instead.

This new column will offer advice on how to transform your home by implementing simple yet effective tips and tricks. You’ll learn some interior design basics and discover that the art of DIY can be both cost effective and extremely rewarding.

Interior design is about giving your home a soul – creating your very own sanctuary. This column will give you the tools to do just that.

When it comes to designing your home it’s important to have a sense of what you like before you execute. Before you begin, ask yourself: What is my style? Classic or modern? Funky or chic?

Discovering your own style will aide no end in transforming your home and making tired rooms feel fresh again!

Most people fear the prospect of designing a room by themselves. Understandably, the sight of an empty room can leave some scratching their heads, not knowing where to start. 

If possible, it’s best to begin with a bare room. Strip it back, empty it out and take a look at its shape. 

Observe not just where the light comes in, but where the sockets and light fixtures are located too. This will give you an indication of where to place furniture and how to make the most of the space.

The choice of colour is crucial to get right. Light and neutral colours can make a room look washed out while bold colours can be overpowering. It’s about finding a balance.

Likewise, be selective when it comes to furniture. Sometimes a room can become cramped by overdoing ornaments and furnishings. On the other hand a room can sometimes appear empty if ornaments are lacking or furniture is too spaced out.  

Remember, DIY is much more than changing a light bulb or hammering a nail into a wall. A little bit of effort can go a long way to transforming your home entirely. 

Home is where the heart is, so make sure you show it some love.