Is your home starting to bore you?
If you’re starting to feel like your rooms are getting stale, then give your home the special attention it deserves. These top D.I.Y decorating tips will help improve your home’s personality and give it the flare you've always wanted.
Design an occasional table that’s a real one-off.
Decide on a size that’s right for the centre of a room or for use as a side or sofa table. Talk to your local glazier about thickness and strength and get a piece of glass cut for the top. Now it’s time to get creative! Your base can be whatever you like, from a pile of leather-bound books to the most exotic carved granite figurine or a more affordable cast concrete ornament — or pair of ornaments. For skinny halls, attach large corbels to the wall and sit your glass on that.
Create a focal point in your bedroom with wall panels.
Use any of the empty wall spaces in your bedroom for a decorative effect. Large paintings, a series of framed prints or photos, or a fabric-covered wall panels can be attached to the wall directly behind the bed instead of having a store-bought bed-head. The panels can be covered in upholstery fabric or even leather. As the panelling will be the focal point of the room, choose your colours with care. It’s probably best to go for a plain fabric in a bold colour.
Add a dado border for some period charm.
To give an older home some period charm, break up a blank wall with a dado border or rail about waist height. You can panel it with timber finished with a horizontal moulding, or use just a horizontal moulding.
Easier still is to use a wallpaper border and a contrasting paper underneath, or to stencil a border.
Chalk up a dinner table just for fun.
For a table top with a difference, coat it with blackboard paint. It will be easy to wipe clean, you can chalk your guest’s names at their places and if you can’t find flowers, draw your own fancy centrepiece. If the blackboard look doesn’t appeal, stick black and white vinyl tiles on the table top for a touch of the checkerboard.
Use unconventional paints.
Paint companies offer a variety of specially designed paints, finishes and textured coatings that make it easy to transform interior and exterior walls — even timber and concrete floors. These days you can get interior paints that give the look of suede, stone or metal effects which you can use to create a distinctive look. You can even get spray-on paints for freshening up old appliances such as refrigerators or dishwashers.