Clear the Clutter

It’s January and time to give your home a facelift!

By Debbie Norford Jones

As you clear away the clutter after Christmas, the sparkly lights are gone and it suddenly makes you realise the interior of your home is looking a bit tired and in need of an update.

For many of us the idea of redecorating our house brings thoughts of upheaval, noise, dust and expense. Sometimes this cannot be avoided; however, with a little planning and some new key pieces you can give your interior an instant facelift! 

Before you start, aim to be ‘be ruthless with clutter’. For many of us, clutter spreads very quickly from room to room; however, it is usually down to a lack of storage options. We can help you look at your space with a critical eye, by adding shelving, a cabinet or even some wicker baskets. You will feel so much better if you dispose of your old papers and magazines, sort through cupboards, and go through your wardrobes. Donate items you no longer use to charity. 

Rearranging your furniture costs nothing and gives your room a different perspective. Doing this creates space and enables you to see what needs changing, renewing or updating. Paint, reupholster and renovate existing pieces to work with your décor.

Styling your room is an instant update. Adding new cushions and a throw to your sofa changes the look and colour scheme. New curtains will refresh the room and your old curtains can be reworked into cushion covers, a throw or a table runner for another room.  

A beautiful large mirror placed on the wall opposite patio doors or a window instantly makes the space feel larger and reflects the light. The bigger the better.

Change your artwork or make a gallery wall. A gallery wall in a small space like a toilet or a hall wall makes a great feature. Buy photo frames of different sizes but in the same colour and instead of keeping your photos on your phone get them printed and used in your own gallery!

Simple additions like plants, scented candles or changing the doorknobs on a cabinet is another inexpensive way of updating your look. Remember, making subtle updates to a room is a satisfying form of self-expression and creativity!

Monsoon Room is an interior design studio which works with you on your new build, renovation projects, staging your property ready for resale or renting. We are very aware of the environment and like to be as sustainable as possible. To cut down on waste or landfill we like to repurpose items and we use new, artisan and pre-loved items, and antiques to create a place you can call home.


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