Refresh Your House This Spring: Top Tips

Saturday, 06 April 2013

Spring has finally arrived, so why not dust away the cobwebs and give your home a spot of TLC? Whether a fresh lick of paint is in order to revive a tired bathroom, or it's finally time to tackle those outstanding DIY odd jobs, the season gives us all a good excuse to sort out our homes. Here are a few tips for brightening up your house this spring:

Change your colour scheme

Updating your bedroom or living room with a fresh colour is a great way to give your home a new lease of life. Using a colour wheel can often make deciding on a colour scheme easier, and you may find it helpful to start by choosing a base colour - whether that's your personal favourite shade or one dictated by an existing decor feature like your carpet - and then working out the rest of the scheme from there.

There are three main ways of selecting your other colours:

Tonal: Use varying tones of your base colour throughout the room
Harmonious: Pick colours close to the base colour on your wheel
Complementary: Choose colours that lie opposite to your base colour on the wheel

Give your kitchen a makeover

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the household, so giving it a makeover can really help to transform the look and feel of your home. Whilst a complete kitchen refit is a serious job, if you'd prefer to make a less drastic change, you could consider painting your kitchen cupboards to brighten up the room - a relatively small task that can have a big impact.

If you have solid wood cabinets, start by stripping them down to remove the old finish, and then apply your chosen paint or wood stain. If you've opted for a stain rather than a paint, decorators recommend adding a few drops of yellow or green oil pigment to add extra depth of colour.

Transform your tiles

Redecorating your bathroom or kitchen often involves tackling your tiles - but that doesn't necessarily have to be a job of epic proportions, as reviving dull ceramics can be as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint. Whilst normal paint doesn't usually hold well on tiles, you can buy specially formulated tile paint that will stick to the shiny ceramic surface. Tile paint can be applied straight onto old tiles (once they've been thoroughly scrubbed with sugar soap) and you'll find various types designed to cater for different levels of humidity for a long-lasting finish.

Finally, remember that if you're planning any DIY jobs this spring, you may want to consider checking that your home insurance includes Accidental Damage cover in case of any decorating-related mishaps.

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