We’ve been astounded by the popularity of our recent #TinyRoomMakeover – it seems we’re not the only ones who have struggled with what to do with a really tiny child’s bedroom.
So we’re really excited to be working with Homebase over the next few weeks on a new series, called #FixItFriday. This isn’t about the complete dramatic makeover of rooms – this is all about a quick fix, and how a relatively simple and cost-effective solution can totally change a space. Sometimes, a few simple changes can give your room the added energy you’re looking for and a completely fresh new look.
This week’s #FixItFriday is all about the walls – if you’re looking for a dramatic change to the look & feel of the room, the obvious first step is to change the walls. Recently I was astounded at the dramatic transformation we made simply by painting the walls a different colour. But repainting isn’t really a terribly quick fix – it’s messy and requires moving and covering furniture, not to mention the amount of time and coats it requires. But if you’re not feeling like painting you can still make a dramatic change – wallpaper is your friend here! Simply creating one feature wall can be a quick and painless way to bring a contemporary touch to a plain room.
Wallpaper requires less time, and comes in an endless array of designs that paint simply doesn’t offer you. Obviously you can go to extremes and choose a delicious designer brand – I spotted the above yellow peony roll of of deliciousness at DesignerWallpapers.co.uk, and at £52 a roll if you’re just doing one wall it’s not going to break your bank balance.
But if you’re looking for something a little kinder to the wallet, then try your local high street stores. Homebase a fabulous collection of wallpapers and I think they might surprise even a wallpaper snob with the choice of style. Personally I have a few rolls of this amazing V&A Chinoiserie already in my shopping basket. The trailing Chinoiserie peony design has been reproduced from a fragment of hand-painted wallpaper from Canton, China. And it’s so beautiful!
If what you want is simpler still, then as we found out recently wall decals are your friend! They’re so flexible – you can use inspirational quotes on a long hall way wall, large artistic images to create a splash on a large space, fun cartoons are fabulous for freshening up a kids room, or create a simple pattern to freshen up a room with ten minutes effort.
So – there’s your #FixItFriday challenge. How are you going to liven up your walls this weekend?