The turbulent house market has left thousands of people pulling their properties off the market; unable to find a buyer or to secure enough funds for the next move themselves. However giving the house a bit of a revamp can do wonders for the soul and needn’t cost the earth.
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Take the lounge, for example – a room that we not only spend considerable time in, but also the one in which we tend to entertain. A miserable room makes for a miserable evening, so why not perk it up with a lick of paint? Keep the colour neutral, as this will help sell the property; acting as a blank canvas against which viewers will be more easily able to imagine their own belongings. Plus it’ll freshen the room up no end.
For instant style and atmosphere, place a couple of designer floor lamps (real or imitation) in the corners of the room. These not only look great but the subdued lighting makes a room seem more welcoming and cosy. Using low-energy bulbs will mean that you can save money in the long run on electricity bills, compared with having the main lights on constantly.
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Look around the room and be honest, is there too much clutter in it? Clear some of the unnecessary items away for a much more modern look. If you have to have stuff, then replace chintzy accessories with colour-coordinated cushions, vases and pictures. The room should be relaxing, not an assault on the eyes!
Don’t forget the windows. Replace tatty net curtains with window blinds or shutters, for a classy look. These preserve privacy while looking good. If you are so inclined, why not try and make some new curtains? It’s a lot easier than you think and so much cheaper than buying ready-made. Again, make sure they coordinate with the accessories in the room for a chic finish.