With dozens of interior design magazines lining the supermarket shelves, and home makeover programmes a dime a dozen on television these days, there’s never a shortage of inspiration for creating your dream home.
But let’s face it, sometimes you don’t want to spend your evening trawling countless websites to find that ‘ideal’ bed, or take 30 minutes in the paint aisle of a DIY store asking yourself would paint in Dove Slate or Warm Pewter match your sofa best…
There are some tricks to the trade to ensure you can unleash your inner designer and easily find exactly what you want without breaking the bank or spending an age shopping. Get in on the secret!
Colour Matching Made Easy
If you want to spruce up a room, but don’t want to fork out a fortune to completely replace everything in sight, adding a pop of colour to the walls can completely revamp any space on a budget.
Of course, that will mean working with existing items in your home and ensuring a cohesive design scheme. But don’t panic about paint drying darker than it looks on the tin, or how it won’t perfectly match the other items in the room – your local DIY store will come to the rescue!
Many stores now offer colour matching technology. Simply take in an item in your chosen shade (something like a vase or cushion should do the trick), and a staff member will scan it and mix up a tin in that exact colour. Voila!
Reuse, Reduce… Upcycle!
Upcycling has never been more popular, but why is everyone suddenly rushing to flea markets and scouring second-hand shops on Sundays?
Well, first of all, pre-loved items are (usually) considerably cheaper than their brand new counterparts and who doesn’t like a bargain?! Secondly, it gives us all a chance to be creative, let our imaginations run free and create bespoke items that no one else will have.
Whether you decide to turn an old palette into a garden planter, a trunk into a coffee table, a ladder into shelves or simply go a bit nuts spraying everything a bright and bold colour, just because something is old, it doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.
Build Your Own Bed
If the idea of something pre-owned isn’t up your street, then why not let your creative juices flow and design your own bed from scratch?
Online bed store Happy Beds allows you to design your very own bed at a few clicks of a button. Select a style of bed and customise it with options on everything from the size of bed and storage options, to colour and fabric type.
In six simple steps, you could design and order a gorgeous new bed that will fit seamlessly with your design scheme, plus they deliver pretty quick too.
What do you do when your design senses tingle? I’d love to hear your tips!
Disclaimer: Post written in collaboration with online retailer Happy Beds