How to freshen up your home
We can all do with a change of scene sometimes. And if it feels like you’ve been stuck in front of the same four walls for far too long, here are some simple and affordable tips to help you freshen things up at home.
Because sometimes you don’t need to do a lot. It’s just about rethinking what you’ve already got.
Liven up your living room
You may have heard about the magic that Marie Kondo works to declutter wardrobes. Try it with your living room. Look around and remove any furniture, books and ornaments you don’t need. This creates more space and adds focus to your favourite pieces.
As for colourful living room ideas, adding a lick of paint is the obvious way to go but you don’t have to. Throw some bright cushions onto the sofa, add a plant or two and wash the curtains if they’re looking a bit drab!
If you need help painting, Local Heroes can help find a painter and decorator near you.
Bored of your bedroom?
One of the best bedroom painting ideas is to just concentrate on one wall. Pick a colour that contrasts with your bedding to really make a statement.
But if all that sounds like a bit of a hassle, then how about something simpler? If you have the room, move your bed to the middle of the room to make the bedroom appear much more open.
Clean your kitchen!
No, not just the washing up. Or a quick wipe of the surfaces. Snap on those marigolds and get set, the time has come to deep clean the kitchen.
Some of the common jobs that need tackling every few months include:
- Clear out the fridge
- Scrub down the hob
- Clean the oven
- Wash the windows
- Clean inside and outside of all cupboards and drawers, especially those containing food
- Scrub tiling including backsplashes
- Clean kick boards
Tip:If your fridge still smells after you’ve cleaned it, leave a cup full of bicarbonate of soda in it for a couple of days. That should absorb any leftover food odours.
Cheer up your cupboards
A fresh coat of pain on your cupboards can really brighten or freshen a kitchen, not to mention save money vs a completely new kitchen.
To paint your cupboards, first clear them out, remove the doors and drawers then sand everything down.
Apply a coat of primer before painting on two to three layers of colour. Finally, repeat the process on the cabinet interiors. Painting on unfinished wood and wood laminate shouldn’t be a problem. But if you’re dealing with plastic laminate, call in a professional.
Hopefully that’s given you a few doable tasks to get started with. But if you ever need a hand, that’s where we can help. A Local Heroes handyman can help you move furniture, hang pictures and take all sorts of other household tasks off your hands.