If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to change up your home, try these tips to make your creativity flow.

Chairs and contemporary furniture

Image: Vincent Rivaud

The dream home is often described as classic, luxurious or timeless, but creating an expensive look throughout your home can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. There are hacks for each unique style that you can incorporate into your home until you find the right balance. Working with windows and doors retailer, Quickslide, we show you how: 

Mix the old with the new

Sofa with monochrome throw

Image: Stephanie Harvey

Whether you’re upcycling furniture or slowly incorporating new pieces into an eclectic room, by mixing and matching modern and vintage styles you'll create a complimentary contrast of textures and depth in your home. Pair your vintage furniture with bold cushions and a monochrome throw for a modern take on comfort and an easy elegant look.

Update old fixtures

Aluminium Bi-fold windows from Quickslide

Image: Quickslide

If your doors and windows are worn and tired, upgrade your home by adding fresh fixtures that will last you decades. Bi-fold doors from Quickslide will give your home a classic feel whilst being strong and durable throughout the year. 

Upgrade your light fixtures

Pendant lamp - Credit: Burst

Image: Burst

Glass chandeliers, spotlights and industrial pendants are just a few ways to make the most out of your lighting in each room. Replace heavy, dark light shades with pendants or translucent shades to let more light reach throughout the room while automatically upgrading your room to suit the mood you’re aiming for.

Add mirrors

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Image: Katie Lee

The illusion of more light will make your space appear bigger, so add mirrors to make light bounce from wall to wall for your home to become instantly brighter. This works especially well in small or dark rooms, as more visual space opens up your room to make it double in size.

Choose deep colours for bedrooms

Purple bedroom - Credit: Quickslide

Image: Quickslide

The bedroom is a room for winding down and relaxing, so deep purples and blues are great to incorporate for a great night’s sleep. These naturally calming colours will make it easier for you to sleep while evoking a regal tone for visitors to glance at as they pass by. 

Keep your tones neutral

Neutral bathroom - Credit: Jared Rice

Image: Jared Rice

When in doubt, paint your walls neutral tones of beige, grey or white and decorate with coloured pieces to compliment. For a fresh look, keep your whole room and accessories neutral for a timeless, bright look if bold colours aren’t for you. 

Create a gallery wall

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Keep your home characterful with a statement wall of artwork if your room is looking bare. Images can sometimes work more effectively than wallpaper as a feature wall, so have a go at making a gallery wall if you’ve got an artistic eye for creating a collage wall that guests can explore. There’s so much to choose from depending on the tone of your room, from pop art to scenic photography or abstract portraits, choose a style and colours to compliment your space.

Use reclaimed materials

Reclaimed materials can sometimes be expensive, so be sure to snap it up if you come across a bargain. Marble, stone and tropical wood such as mahogany are great textiles to repurpose into furniture or fixtures to add depth to a room while oozing luxury and substance. Marble and stone are perfect for bathroom and kitchen surfaces, while wood offers warmth to a living room or bedroom. Use to create a bookshelf or coffee table for a rustic statement piece.

 

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