An urge to update your wardrobe or renovate your home is a common occurrence in the new year. Perhaps it is the opportunity for rejuvenation or revival which presents itself and to which we inevitably succumb, or those small seeds of spring and summer which begin to plant slowly in our minds. Following the festive season, it’s only natural that our thoughts soon become occupied with spring cleaning, lighter evenings and the joys of alfresco dining to come.

Home improvements needn’t be an expensive undertaking or particularly time consuming either. Small additions here and there or a fresh lick of paint can make a large impact and lead to a warm and welcoming home in which to come back to.

To make a house a home, it needs to feel warm, cosy and inviting. Whether you’re renting, house-sharing or have just bought your very first home, it’s not always possible to make significant alterations. Money, time, landlords and house-mates can all cause a hindrance, so it’s important to look for more affordable and easy-to-implement changes that will cause an instant refresh too.


A lick of paint It’s surprising what a huge difference a simple lick of paint can make to your bedroom. It seems natural to lean towards neutrals and pastel shades to help brighten the space up, but painting one feature wall a rich, dark jewel tone is surprisingly effective too.

Bedside tables – Perhaps you prefer to hone in on the mismatched theme here, or simply use a spare chair from the dining room – but, if you’re looking to join the popular brass bandwagon this year, there are some beautiful options available on the high-street.

Home ImprovementsMid-Century Bedside Table | Westelm | £299

Home ImprovementsHazlitt Bedside Table | Swoon Editions | £127

Home ImprovementsVersailles Bedside Table | Maisons Du Monde | £209

Tactile textures – It’s important that your bedroom feels cosy and welcoming – especially during these cold, winter months. Geometric rugs, textured throws and bright cushions are an inexpensive yet effective update to make. What’s more, textures are a great way to incorporate interiors trends too.

Home ImprovementsAfaw Berber Rug | La Redoute | from £79.20

Home ImprovementsLarge Velour Cushion | Next | £16

Home ImprovementsWool-Blend Rug | H&M | £119.99

Lighting – It’s surprising what a difference good lighting can really make to a room. If you’re like me and missing natural sunlight, invest in one or two good table lamps to help brighten up your bedroom – you’ll see a lift in your mood too!

Home ImprovementsKanak Teardrop Lamp | Cotswold Co | £135

Terazzo Ceramic Bulbholder Table Lamp | John Lewis | £25

Home ImprovementsGlass Table Lamp | Oliver Bonas | £78

Prints – Etsy, Desenio and independent retailers are all great destinations for bagging some beautiful prints for the home. Create an eye-catching gallery wall or simply hang a few of your favourites above your bed for a wonderful refresh. Prints offer a wonderful opportunity for individuality too – so mix and match to your heart’s content!

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