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Mini Home Makeover - Five Great Ideas!

Published on 24 February 2012

You home should be a place where you feel you safe and comfortable. And sometimes, to make it that much more warm and inviting, a small makeover is what it needs. Home makeovers or redecorations don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

Here are five areas in which you can give your home an easy makeover

  1. Lighting:

    • no one wants their home to be poorly lit and lighting can definitly change the mood of a room (think of the difference a candlit dinner makes compared to a fully lit dinner). So for a comfortable and inviting home, one of the most important elements is good lighting.

    • Good lighting should be affordable, according to Energy Wise, lighting makes up around 12% of the average electricity bill in New Zealand homes, so having 'green' (evironmentally friendly) lighting can be a great choice.

    • Right Light suggests that a great way to add warmth to any room in your home is to use ‘warm white’ coloured, energy efficient light bulbs. Warm white coloured bulbs make a room feel comfortable and inviting, without being too bright and harsh on the eyes.

    • To make your home fun for special occasions, you can use coloured light bulbs in place of your regular everyday ones.

  2. Walls: wallpaper in your home can add texture, patterns and a different feel to the room. Wallpaper is an easy way to compliment, enhance or completely change the look of your home. It might be a good idea to hire a paperhanger to help you hang your wallpaper if you have never dealt with wallpaper before.  If you don't know where to begin with chosing colours or paterns, talk to an  interior decorator.

  3. Furniture: one of the easiest ways to freshen up the look of your home is to change the furniture. You can get furniture of different colours, designs, functions and made from different materials to create that feel and look you are after.

    • If you don’t want to have to buy new furniture, you can simply relocate furniture within your home or organise a furniture exchange with family and friends.

  4. Space: Consumer Build says that the size of your home does not necessarily dictate the sense of space. You can create more or less space as you wish by doing simply changes to the room.

    • To create more space and flow to your home, avoid having big pieces of furniture and ornaments in an open space like your living room. There are a lot of great looking and compact furniture with dual purposes in the market, like a coffee table with storage space or a foldable sofa-bed. If you want to close up some space to create a cosy, smaller room in your house, you can use high shelves, bookcases or portable screens or panels.

    • Another way to create a sense of space is to put up mirrors in strategic places.

  5. Curtains: Curtains are another easy, cost-effective and practical way to give your home a new look. You can play around with the ideas of different curtains for different rooms or have the same coloured and styled curtains for the whole house, to achieve a visual flow throughout your home. There are curtains to suit every home and season. You can also choose curtains which contrast or compliment your new wallpaper and furniture - there are so many creative possibilities!

I hope all goes well with your redecorating project at home. If you need expert advice about your home makeover project, contact your local painter or paperhanger .

And remember to check in with Gopher Taupo to find local businesses close to you!

Have a great week!