Cheap, easy interior changes to make your home feel special

Cheap, easy interior changes to make your home feel special

Expert decorating tips from Anna Casson, from the Design and Decorating Academy at Homebase

  • Painting an entire room can be daunting and the costs can mount up, so why not try updating a space with small flashes of colour. By painting a selection of photo frames in the same colour you can create a pretty wall feature, or why not try painting around the bottom of terracotta plant pots for a vibrant window sill display. Tester pots can be a fantastic buy for this type of ‘small change’ project.
  • When a treasured piece of furniture has seen better days, paint can also be used to give a piece of a new lease of life. You don’t need to paint the whole item - painting sections can be just as effective, such as the legs of a table, spindles of a chair, or the handles on a chest of drawers. I recently gave an antique chest of drawers a burst of energy by lining the inside with bright yellow paper.
  • Add a sense of depth and space to a room by painting your skirting boards the same colour as the wall. It’s a great way to use up leftover paint you already have, and makes walls appear longer and ceilings higher
  • One of my favourite low cost design trends of the moment is for updating doorknobs and handles - it’s such a simple change but it transforms the look of your doors which can have a huge impact on a space. When looking for the right doorknob, a good place to start is to pick out accents of colours in the room and stick to this theme. In my home, I have used antique brass doorknobs in different polishes, as they add a vintage feel and complement my existing colour scheme.

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