Creativity doesn’t just stop with your furniture and soft furnishings; there is a huge expanse of space on your walls too. If you are keen of creating a unique look and adding a bit of character to featureless walls, then look no further, the suggestions here will help to get you started.
Fabric, especially designer fabric can cost a lot of money; however you can add a bit of designer style on a budget. Think about covering your bed headboard in a designer fabric, or taking a canvas panel and covering it with designer wall paper. If you cover a few panels you can add these blocks of colour to walls, lifting them from plain to wow.
Stencils and stickers are a favourite at the moment, as they are relatively good value for money and can create a whole new look in a room. There is a wide range to choose, from witty slogans to monochrome silhouettes. You can place a vibrant graphic in a dull alcove to add a bit of a surprise or for larger graphics you can build them up from the skirting board and let them develop onto the wall space.
Wall art is another stylish alternative to framed pictures, the trend at the moment is for metal art with the essence of nature about it, however if you like to set your own trend, why not create your own, from finds along the seashore, such as driftwood or create a collage of shells or other items you find upon your travels.
Hopefully these easy ideas will inspire you to create your own masterpiece to feature on your walls. But don’t forget about papier-mâché, you can make masks, animal heads in fact anything you can think of, just paint in one colour or add crystals and fabric and go crazy with it.
Stress at Christmas can run high, even for the calmest of individuals, especially if you envisage making sure your guests are comfortable and relaxed, they need a place they can escape the hubbub, ideally a guest bedroom. If they are happy you’ll be happy.
Even though there are only a few weeks to get prepared, there is plenty to be achieved in a short amount of time, without giving yourself a headache. Luckily, there are plenty of sales on at the moment and this will be a great help in keeping your budget in check.
An easy way to create a calm atmosphere is to eliminate clutter, you may use the spare room as a dumping ground for the rest of the year, but with a bit of elbow grease you can create a calm haven for guests, even if it means hiding clutter in wardrobes or under the bed. Clear floors and surfaces will bring tranquillity to a room.
At Christmas it’s nice to bring a bit of the outdoors in, a mini Christmas tree in the guest bedroom will remind guests of the special time of year, even a few sprigs of holly will add to the atmosphere. You can use scented candles to make the bedroom more welcoming and also make sure the room is aired before they arrive.
If you don’t have a spare bedroom for guests, then it might be worth investing in a room divider, this will give privacy to the family member who already resides in that room or you will be able to section part of the living area for your guests to retire to.
Overall Christmas is a time for family and friends, just simply removing clutter will help towards the festive celebrations.
With autumn drawing in and dusk falling earlier and earlier each evening I have decided this year to revamp my outside lighting situation. A few t-lights in jam jars no longer cuts the mustard and whilst I don’t want planes to mistake my outside pad for one of Heathrows runways I do want an interesting mix of light!
Even if you don’t have a double height glass wall like mine I do think bare trees lit up and shrubs sparkling in a soft white glow makes the dark evenings seductive rather than depressing. Most DIY stores sell a good selection of outdoors lighting the key is to mix it up. Habitat sells some lovely fairy lights (promise) which when wrapped around trees look magical and we have just brought for my store and of course home (since anything in the store gets sneaked out for home) a moose head which doubles up as a outside light. I have positioned him on an outside fireplace we have just had built but he also works brilliantly on fences and walls.