1. Place a stylish fruit bowl as the centrepiece on your kitchen table.
2. An elegant telephone can be a great accessory to any room.
3. Sparkly beaded tie-backs can really glamorise a room.
4. Stencilling is a great way to decorate almost any surface, including walls and floors.
5. Make your own antique picture/mirror frames.
6. To bring in natural light into an otherwise dull room add a small dome or roof light.
7. CD boxes can be transformed into stylish storage for small bathroom essentials.
8. Keep a change of cushion covers which transforms any sofa instantly.
9. Add a mirror in a position that reflects the rest of the room and makes it look larger than it really is.
10. Glass etching cream can give old glasses a lift.
11. Painted candle pots helps to add vibrancy to any mantelpiece or fireplace.
12. Add ribbon/lace to cushion covers to give them a new lease of life.
13. Furniture placement – arranging the sofa diagonally will make the room look wider.
14. Adding a rug or two helps to define an area.
15. Make a wall the focal point by painting it in a different colour to the rest of the room. Make sure it is a complimentary shade by being the same colour as a number of objects in the room.
16. Create a piece of artwork on one of the walls.
17. Bring the freshness of the outdoors, indoors by adding some greenery.
18. Hang pictures which echo your personality.
19. If you currently have lots of hanging pictures, perhaps take the minimalist approach, less is more. Take some pictures down.
20. Group ornaments of varying shapes and sizes
21. Spruce up your bed by adding decorative pillows
22. Replace outdated lamps with a more sleek, fresh look.
23. If your sofa is looking a bit worn add a throw or slip cover.
24. Get rid of clutter.
25. Update kitchen cupboards by changing the door handles
26. Give the kitchen a new look by changing kitchen cupboard doors
27. Paint old kitchen cupboards.
28. Try being creative with your headboard. Paint a very artistic headboard onto the wall at the head of your bed.
29. Placing candles in a room, especially white ones, add a simple sophistication.
30. Update your kitchen by installing new taps to the kitchen sink.
31. Remove doors to kitchen cabinets to expose the shelves and use this to display your favourite plates or glasses.
32. A new window covering makes the window and the wall look fresh.
33. Add a seating area to alcoves.
34. Add shelving to an alcove and this could be used to display books or ornaments, etc.
35. Spruce up your bathroom by painting over tired wall tiles.
36. Update shower curtain and add colourful towels to the bathroom.
37. Wallpaper borders are a good way to update the look and theme of a child’s room.
38. Dress your bed in easy to sew duvet comforter covers and shams that will give your bedroom decor a whole new look.
39. Rearrange your bedroom furniture. If your room is too small for a total rearrangement, reverse the position of the bed.
40. Display your favourite books on your nightstand in your bedroom or add a shelf to showcase both your favourite books and treasured photographs.
41. Put fresh flowers everywhere, including the bathroom.
42. Clean all the woodwork in the home. It’s amazing how it can instantly brighten a room.
43. Break up colour by using accent pillows. Pillows are decorative art that you can scatter throughout the room.
44. Put a settee or a bench at the end of the bed. This piece will anchor the bed and add dimension to the room.
45. Add lamps to soften the lighting in the room.
46. Make a feature of the fireplace by placing a large bouquet of flowers or candles in front.
47. Refresh paintwork on selected walls.
48. Re-upholster dinning room chairs.
49. Revamp the dinning room by adding a runner along the centre of the table.
50. Please add your own ideas to this list.
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