Changing the look of your home doesn't have to be a huge project or financial commitment.
These quick fixes from Shaynna Blaze and Charlie Albone helped to completely transform some of the houses in Selling Houses Australia. Try these five hacks at home to freshen up a dated room or front porch.
Strengthen the Scandi style
Scandinavian design is known for its clean lines, simplicity and functionality. Start by clearing the clutter from your room, creating a blank canvas to which you can add thoughtful and beautiful Scandi-style furniture and décor.
Using light-coloured timber elements - like timber furniture - will create a sense of warmth and understated elegance. In terms of textiles, go for soft, cool colours to make the space feel bright and maintain a clutter-free environment for the ultimate Scandi sensibility.
Selling Houses Australia: Middle Ridge
Linen & Felted Wool Cushion Bianco, $90 from Hunting for George
NORRÅKER Table, $149 from IKEA
Refresh soft furnishings
Updating your soft furnishings is a simple and cost-effective way to change the whole look of your living space or bedroom. When chosen thoughtfully, soft furnishings like bed linen, rugs and cushions can have an instant impact.
Cushions are a great way to add a ‘pop’ of colour or inject your personality into a room, and they’re easy to change during different seasons or when new trends come in.
Rugs can create a sense of warmth and a lived-in feel in a room. A rug in a neutral colour palette can still make a huge statement, provided you go big on texture.
Selling Houses Australia: Ravenshoe
Watercolour Trellis Wool Shag Rug, prices from $489 from West Elm
Finch Woven Cushion, $39.95 from Morgan & Finch
A front door that makes an entrance
If you really want to make a statement with your front entrance, paint the door a bold colour. It’s a simple and budget-friendly way to make your frontage really stand out from the crowd.
Painting your door in a bright hue can give your house some serious street-appeal and create a great first impression for visitors. Check out our best tips for home painting.
Selling Houses Australia: Cobbitty.
Paint colour Poinciana Red, prices vary, from Taubmans
Colour yourself happy
Create the perfect illusion with the perfect paint colour, which can transform the size and shape of your room and even alter your mood. Using cool colours in a small room helps the walls disappear and makes the space feel larger. Painting the trims in a lighter-colour than your walls will further enhance the illusion of space.
Using a blue or green colour scheme will make a room appear bigger and also give it a calm, restful feel, while red paint can raise the energy levels of a room.
Selling Houses Australia: Petersham
Paint colour Grey On Grey, prices vary, from Taubmans
Plant a lush vertical garden
Vertical gardens allow you to have a lush, green growing space, no matter how small your outdoor area. They are perfect for apartment balconies or courtyards, or even as a statement piece in a bigger garden.
Vertical gardens can be bought as an easily-assembled kit which you can install yourself. If you've got a sunny spot, try using some herbs to make an edible garden, or introduce some colour with flowers. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with some lush green ferns, bromeliads and palms to have a taste of the tropics at home.
Selling Houses Australia: Wangi Wangi
Holman GreenWall Vertical Garden Kit, $49 from Bunnings
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