As lovers of all things interiors, here at Grandad's Shed, we're always on the lookout for easy ways to transform our homes. And this winter is no different. It may be miserable outside but I've been enjoying playing around with new storage solutions and fabrics to give my home a new look without investing in a whole new room!
It's the little things that can often have a big impact on our spaces, especially those in need of a little love and attention. So, this week I'm sharing with you our favourite tricks to easily transform your space and spruce up your home.
1. Utilise the Empty Space
First of all, let's tackle those bigger projects. It might require a little more planning but this can be the difference between a house and a home!
We might try to declutter and live minimally but at the end of the day, we all need lots of storage space. So the first step is to really make the most of every inch. And our best tip? Add in bespoke shelving.
You can have it fitted in whatever style and colour into those awkward spaces. It makes sense to have shelves made to fit your requirements and space to create your own super-efficient tailor-made unit. From alcoves to tricky corners in every little nook and cranny, valuable storage space can be conjured up out of thin air!
Here’s an example of our customer's tiny alcove and the tailor-made unit we built truly transforming an otherwise redundant space.
2. Disguise what you can't replace
Sometimes our budget or time won't stretch to a complete overhaul. But that's okay. Instead, we look to disguise what we can't replace. Here are our favourite ways to temporarily recover sad areas:
Cover a battered sofa with a beautiful throw like the photo below. This is a perfect solution for those winter months!
Or lay a rug over that stained carpet. This can also add some real interest that'll have visitors complimenting a section of your home that might need some more attention down the line.
The right rug can transform a room, and the bigger the rug the better, as it will give the illusion of more space. If your living room scheme is neutral, add a burst of colour and contemporary feel with a patterned design like these on our site.
You can even use one of our screen dividers to hide an area that's on the to-do list to sort. They're such a quick way to hide an unpleasant looking area for when the in-law's book in a visit. No one needs to know!
As you can see here the right cover up can actually add some oomph to your interior.
3. Make Tables your Priority
If there's one thing you need to add into your home, it's a coffee or side table. Somewhere to put a magazine and cuppa as you curl up in the evenings. It's all about creating a cosy space to relax and unwind after a busy day.
Try to get a set of two like these. They are a great space-saving solution as the smaller table nests underneath the larger one.
Or, why not make a new coffee table by upcycling? If you've got an old wooden crate or leather trunk, a few tweaks can create a beautiful piece that's unique to your home.
A footstool to rest your feet can also become an attractive feature of your living room. Just add a tray with your favourite candle on it. Did you know we create gorgeous footstools made to fit your space in a fabric to match your room? Find out more here.
You can also transform your space with the bones of your current pieces. Each year we help countless people to transform their vintage sofas with some funky new fabric or give a sentimental piece a new lease of life with neat new upholstery.
Interested in learning more about the cost involved? A typical two-seater sofa will require about 13m fabric and choose from fabrics from £20pm £49.95pm for top quality wools.
And now we come to our final easy way to spruce up your home: window dressing. Any room can be transformed with new curtains, blinds, or an on-trend combination of both. Unlined curtain panels are easier to make than traditional curtains and, with no pleats to increase the amount of fabric you’ll need, you can go for more luxurious options.
Choose between making your own or go for a made-to-measure service. We constantly review the price of competitors to ensure we’re offering a good deal.
See details on our page or pop in store to chat through how we can add a special something to your windows.
So, there you have it. 5 easy ways to spruce up your home if things are starting to feel a little tired. Don't forget you can get in touch with us here at Grandad's Shed here in Pocklington where we'd love to help you on your interior journey.