Want to reinvent a space without the stress of a renovation?
"Micro-renos" are the new trend when it comes to reinvigorating homes and making your rooms feel like new - without all the extra work and money!
Play With Colour
Justine insists you can add "significant impact" by choosing an accent colour, and using this scheme throughout your room. This can be done with small touches rather than big brush strokes by introducing bright or patterned scatter cushions, accessories and throws. “These little changes can dramatically alter the look and feel of space – but are easily removable so you can swap out in the future as trends change,” Justine explains.
Let There Be Light
Light can add new depth and the illusion of more space in your room. The colour of the lights can also change the mood of the room. “Look at adding a pendant light, table lamps or funky floor lamp to create a soft glow in the evenings,” Justine says. You can also create a new feature in the room with a decorative light shade or lamp.
Add some excitement to your space with a new artwork. “A colourful print or a gallery wall will add visual interest and finish a space," Justine explains. "Be bold – large canvases look amazing when hung above sofas.”
Add an area rug, suggests Justine. “Whether it's sisal, pattern, shag or plush – a rug will anchor the space and feel welcoming underfoot,” she explains. It will add greater detail and a cool new texture to the room.
Hang New Curtains
Changing the curtains is another way to completely change the look of a space, without much effort or expense. “Think soft, luxurious sheers for a calm and dreamy space, or add colour with patterned curtains,” Justine encourages. “For a coastal or country style home, linen or textural fabrics can create a subtle, layered feeling.”
“If the budget is tight sometimes just rearranging the placement of furniture can change the flow and look of the room,” Justine assures. “Think about moving armchairs, or flipping the sofa and entertainment unit to create a new layout. If this is not possible due to space constraints – you can still add cost effective style with accessories from big chain stores like IKEA and Kmart – offering designer look items without the price tag."
Feature walls or wallpaper can look fantastic but can date quickly, cautions Justine. So start with a neutral palette, including big ticket items like the sofa to maintain a modern look long-term. “Soft grey, taupe or crisp white are the most popular wall colour choice and work with any accent colour scheme,” Justine suggests.
With a little more time and effort, Justine suggests painting your woodwork white and walls a light grey for a more dramatic colour palette. "This is a modern look and can highlight the architecture in the space without making a space too dark!"