A bumper batch of bank holidays is just the kick-start we need to give our homes a brand new look but with a reasonable budget. Luckily for you, Natalie from HomeStyle magazine has got three super-easy styles right here to inspire you.
Beautiful and botanical
This style is all about following in nature's footsteps and invigorating your décor with fresh spring greens and budding florals. As green will feature heavily, it's best to use a complementary wall colour, such as pink, blue and yellow. Don't be afraid of going dark, though. Placing frothy foliage next to a navy (or even black) wall really brings out the detailing of the leaves and makes the green sing.
Also, the world of planters has exploded recently – there are lots of different options available, like hanging macramé designs, concrete geometric containers and ombré vases. But if all else fails, create a pretty stamped design using tester pots of paint and the rubber at the end of a pencil – it couldn't be easier. And in terms of floral-themed accessories, a cushion or two never goes amiss and will help anchor your room to one particular twist on the trend.
The three easiest routes are: artsy and interesting with painterly florals; trad and kitsch with embroidered designs; or embrace modernity with graphic prints – leaf motifs are great for this.
There is no time like spring to amp up the colour volume in your home. A geometric wall is a great place to start; mask-off your design with Frog Tape (it will ensure a crisp finish) and get to work. Blue and yellow is a huge trend for this year and easily pairs with neutrals like white and grey, so if you're not ready to go the whole hog, you can adjust the balance between your bold hues and the calm backdrop.
This trend is all about being playful and having fun, so inject little shots of vibrancy into unexpected places – like in the recesses of windows, along the edges of doors or along skirting boards. Elsewhere, frame wallpaper and fabric swatches to echo your accent colours around the room without spending a fortune, or buy individual tiles and using them as coasters. And for a final flourish, dye mason jars with food colouring to create decorative vases for faux flowers.
For those looking to transform their home into a peaceful retreat after the hubbub of the festive season, this is the scheme for you. Stick to a palette of dusky pinks, creams, greys and sky blues for your soft furnishings and wall colours. Shape and form is big for this look – standard lamps with strong angles and geometric wire furniture and accessories (think pendants, candle sticks, monogram art) are perfect.
To soften these hard lines, bring in visual texture with loosely-arranged throws, interesting foliage and plump cushions in tactile fabrics. If you're able, rub down any wooden furniture to remove the varnish and add mid-century style tapered legs to give the room a sense of lightness. And to continue this airy theme, collect clear glassware to display on shelves and book cases, and bring in your accent hues (those dusky pinks and sky blues) with postcards, crockery, vases and votives.
If you'd like to add another layer of interest, marble or copper accessories will effortlessly complement the look and give a more modern edge.
Patterned Minton Hollins Tiles - MH Seaweed Decorative Field Tile
Conservatory - HomeSense
Bedroom - Debenhams
Living Room - M&S