Style up with wallpaper cuttings
How to: Cover drawer fronts or alcoves with geometric wallpaper. Pick alternating patterns for each space. Cut paper to size and use an all-in-one sealer, glue and finish to secure.
Refresh your living room with spring colour
Create an uplifting desk area
How to: Pick a eye-popping shade in a hardy egg shell and paint just the chair seat and back, leaving the legs unfinished for a contrasting effect. Finish the scene with a crisp white desk and enhance the bright tone with matching desk lamp and accessories.
Fake it with faux flowers
How to: Buy good quality artificial flowers and display in a large stylish glass vase as you would fresh flowers, trimming and tweaking until you’re happy. Pick out the petal tones with similar coloured accessories.
Update inexpensive photo frames
- How to:Paint your frames with two coats of high-gloss paint, and complete the
Revamp a window
- How to: This bespoke window film came pre-cut in window panel-sized pieces. Before applying the film, ensure the windows are squeaky clean. Begin at the bottom of each pane and carefully smooth out the glazing film.
Tile a chimney breast
Artisan tiles are too beautiful just for the bathroom – use them to add a neo-Moorish mood to the living room.
How to: Start tiling from above the mantel, or, if you don’t have one, start from a baton levelled with a spirit level (not the skirting or floor as these can be uneven).
Apply a thick layer of tile adhesive to the wall using a tile float (a metal spatula with a serracted edge). Use tile spacers, or, if the tiles are uneven, judge the space by eye. Grout tiles after placing them in position using a grouting float.
Embellish an old mirror
How to: Begin by marking out straight lines using low-tack masking tape, then, working from left to right, stick on the letters.
Add an elaborate trim to a cushion cover
For a super-modern finish in the living room, go for a bright trim on a neutral cushion – neon on grey, navy or black, say.
How to: Remove the pad and pin your chosen braiding around the edge of the top face, folding neat 45° angles at the corners, then hand stitch.
Hand-paint a lampshade
The painterly trend is easy to achieve – a few brush strokes and no artistic skill required. Why not have a go at updating your lampshade?
How to: Mark out your pattern in pencil before you begin, but ensure your fabric paint is undiluted so the marks don’t show through. Use a good-quality flat brush to create strokes on the lampshade. Allow it to dry before switching on the light.