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7 cheap and easy ways to makeover your home this lockdown

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·6-min read
Looking to redecorate a room, or your whole home this lockdown? We have some interior inspiration to help with your makeover.  (Getty Images)
Looking to redecorate a room, or your whole home this lockdown? We have some interior inspiration to help with your makeover. (Getty Images)

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We have all been spending an increased amount at home, and there is no shame in wanting to make the most of our WFH set up, or tick off those DIY jobs that have been on our to-do list for a long, long time.

While some may have been touching up the paint work, others have been in full decoration mode and painting feature walls, or changing the colour scheme around the whole home.

Others, however, may have turned to changing the furniture and dabbled in upholstery or varnishing chairs, tables or even flooring, to inject a new lease of life into tired rooms.

But putting up new shelves isn’t for everyone, and subtle changes such as adding accessories and decorations, in the form of plants, prints, throws and cushions, can have a big impact.

Whether you fancy learning a new skill, such as knitting or floristry, while you are adding the finishing touches to your home, or would rather just collate your accessories for an instant makeover. We have found a selection of items to help you on your interior journey,.

A statement wall

A statement wall, or feature wall, is a great way to shake things up in your home.  Bold colours such as teal, navy, greens, and other shades of blues, are popular.  (Getty Images)
A statement wall, or feature wall, is a great way to shake things up in your home. Bold colours such as teal, navy, greens, and other shades of blues, are popular. (Getty Images)

Whether you are painting all the walls in one bold colour, selecting one wall as a feature wall, or even trialling the half painted look, giving a room a lick of paint can often bring a new lease of life to your home.

But why stop there? While painting walls is often the obvious choice, you can also choose to paint furniture, even the cupboards, which will save you the cost of splashing out for an entirely new kitchen. However, make sure you pick the right paint for the surface.

Harris 101011006 Essentials Walls & Ceilings Paint Brush 5 Pack | £6.75 from Amazon

Harris 101011006 Essentials Walls & Ceilings Paint Brush 5 Pack
Harris 101011006 Essentials Walls & Ceilings Paint Brush 5 Pack

Wickes Estate Green - No. 840 Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint | £12 from Wickes

Wickes Estate Green - No. 840 Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint
Wickes Estate Green - No. 840 Vinyl Matt Emulsion Paint

Update existing upholstery

Recycle existing furniture by upholstering it, sanding down wooden chairs, and trying a new varnish, is also favourable.  (Getty Images)
Recycle existing furniture by upholstering it, sanding down wooden chairs, and trying a new varnish. (Getty Images)

Buying brand new furniture can be costly. But just because you may be fed up of your current furniture, doesn’t mean you have to get rid of them entirely - oh no.

Reupholstery, whether you do yourself or get a professional to do it, can make all the difference. Whether you want to change your fabric four-piece to leather, or make that wooden chest of drawers a little more vintage, there are tonnes of ways to achieve the perfect look.

Antique Vintage Damask Print Fabric Baroque Material | £12.50 from Amazon

Antique Vintage Damask Print Fabric Baroque Material
Antique Vintage Damask Print Fabric Baroque Material

Staple Gun with Remover | £16.97 from Amazon

Staple Gun with Remover
Staple Gun with Remover

Add accessories

Finishing touches make a house a home, whether that is in the form of lamps, throws, and scatter cushions, or even coffee table books.  (Getty Images)
Finishing touches make a house a home, whether that is in the form of lamps, throws, and scatter cushions, or even coffee table books. (Getty Images)

Adding finishing touches to your home is all the fun, regardless if you are in a flat, house, or renting a room, as it instantly makes the place feel like it is truly your own.

Accessories can come in the shape of prints, artwork, lamps, cushions, throws, mirrors - the lot. And you don’t have to break the bank to add these to your home.

Supersoft Faux Fur Throw | £29.50 - £45 from Marks and Spencer

Supersoft Faux Fur Throw
Supersoft Faux Fur Throw

Bring the outside indoors

Adding plants into the home is a great way to add colour, a bit of life - quite literally - and energy into a room. It's a simple yet effective way to change the dynamic of any room.  (Getty Images)
Adding plants into the home is a great way to add colour, a bit of life - quite literally - and energy into a room. It's a simple yet effective way to change the dynamic of any room. (Getty Images)

Adding a touch of greenery indoors has not only been proven to lift the mood, but adds extra colour and life – quite literally – to your humble abode.

There are a whole host of plants, from climbers and hanging greenery, to succulents, flowers and even faux designs for those who are concerned about maintaining their plants.

The Little Botanical Marble Plant Gang | £70 from John Lewis & Partners

The Little Botanical Marble Plant Gang
The Little Botanical Marble Plant Gang

Get arty

Whether you are putting your own art or photography skills to use or buying prints, adding fun slogans, paintings or graphics instantly add a bit of your personality to a room. (Getty Images)
Whether you are putting your own art or photography skills to use or buying prints, adding fun slogans, paintings or graphics instantly add a bit of your personality to a room. (Getty Images)

Getting creative is always fun, whether for adults or children, especially during lockdown. While some may have experimented with calligraphy, painting or even knitting, others may have turned their hand to photography.

If you have picked up a skill why not put it to the test and make your own slogan prints, portraits, or knit a cushion or throw for your home?

Not feeling quite so artistic? Fear not. Not On The High Street, Etsy, Desenio, Made, Anthropologie, Oliver Bonas and many more stores have artwork, prints, and knitted numbers for you to decorate your home and add a pop of colour to the place.

Sea of Love Framed Wall Art A1 | £125 from Oliver Bonas

Sea of Love Framed Wall Art A1
Sea of Love Framed Wall Art A1

Mirror Mirror on the wall

Mirrors are not only helpful when you are getting ready, but work to give the illusion of a bigger space when positioned in the right place.  (Getty Images)
Mirrors are not only helpful when you are getting ready, but work to give the illusion of a bigger space when positioned in the right place. (Getty Images)

It’s been found adding mirrors to a room or corridor not only brightens the area, but also gives the illusion the space is bigger than it actually is.

Whether you are looking for a design to pin on the wall, or prop up against a wall, there are plenty to choose from to modernise the home.

Gleaming Primrose Mirror | £398 from Anthropologie

Gleaming Primrose Mirror
Gleaming Primrose Mirror

Get organised

Storage is essential in every home, no matter what size, as it creates the feel of extra space, and makes for a tidy home.  (Getty Images)
Storage is essential in every home, no matter what size, as it creates the feel of extra space, and makes for a tidy home. (Getty Images)

Space, space, space. It is something we all crave, especially in the home. Whether you have a tight living area or have accumulated a lot of belongings over time, there are ways to rectify that.

Making space may sound like an impossibility but it’s not. Utilising every nook and cranny in your home is one thing, but adding shelves, storage and even furniture with additional compartments to house your belongings and keep them out of reach, can work wonders and leave you feeling like you have renovated your home.

Eloise Velvet Pleated Ottoman | £99 from Dunelm

Eloise Velvet Pleated Ottoman
Eloise Velvet Pleated Ottoman

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