What things you can do around your house


Decorating doesn’t have to be a chore – indeed, it can be a fun way to spend a weekend. Best of all, you will be able to give your property a whole new lease of life and maybe even increase its value in the longterm. There are plenty of quick and easy ways to spruce up your house and make it a home. Here are some of the top ones.

Hang your favourite artwork

marseilleonline.co.ukWhile posters might have looked fine on your walls when you were a student, once you become a homeowner you may want to opt for a more grownup look.

However, that’s not to say you should throw out your favourite posters.

You’ll be glad to know you can breathe new life into them by framing them. A good tip is to cut around the edges using a ruler to create a straight line, as this will remove any tears in the edges caused by being stuck to your wall unframed. Putting your favourite images in a frame and hanging them on your wall makes the image a real focal point and creates a feature in the living room the eye is immediately drawn to.

As well as looking better framed, posters will also last longer as they are protected behind glass and so less at risk of succumbing to damage. You won’t have to worry about them being ripped, or about the paint or wallpaper being tarnished as you won’t be fixing them with tack.

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Make your own art

This is a lot easier than it sounds. All you need to do is purchase a couple of canvases and then put your creativity to the test. Using paints in colours that complement the room where you are hanging the images, splatter the canvases with splashes of colour. Alternatively, you could draw stripes or a geometric image.

Once hung on a wall, these will make a real aesthetic impact.

If you don’t think your artistic skills are up to this, cover the canvases with a piece of spare wallpaper instead. If you have created a feature wall in your living room by only papering one wall and leaving the other three plain, you can hang these canvases on the opposite side of the room for a really designer look.

Makeover old furniture

It’s not only the room itself you can renovate, but also any furniture in it. If you have old shelves and cabinets that are made of quality wood but are starting to look a little tired, it is fairly simple to breathe new life into them. The easiest option is to give them a fresh coat or varnish, but another idea is to strip or paint them.

Soft furnishings that are looking past their best can also be made over. Go to the market and pick out some new fabric, before hiring a professional to reupholster your armchairs and sofas. Paying such a specialist could be a worthwhile investment as it will extend the life of your furniture and this is also probably cheaper than buying a new three-piece suite.

Disguise unsightly features

If you feel some elements of your interiors are less than aesthetically-pleasing, you’ll be pleased to hear disguising them could be an option. If you have hired a professional local painter to give your lounge a chic update but feel the television detracts from this, you can purchase a cabinet to store it in. There are many options available that have space inside for the TV set, a DVD player and any games consoles you have so when not in use they can be kept out of sight.

Radiator covers are another popular option, as the heating appliances are not the most attractive elements of a room. You can purchase beautiful wooden covers that have holes punched in them to let the heat through and that double up as additional shelving for your ornaments.

Paint your woodwork

Painting a whole room takes time and you may not have the free hours available. However, you can give your interiors a quick update by painting your woodwork instead.

Most properties of a certain age have wooden skirting boards, which are often painted white. Make them more eye-catching by painting them in a colour that contrasts well with the palette you have chosen for this room. You can continue this across all of your woodwork, including the windowsills and doors.

These are just a few of the ways to breathe new life into your house and get it feeling like a home you can be proud of again.

How to make a house a home to be proud of