Moving can be an expensive and hectic experience. So when you’re on a budget and are in need of some quick fixes, get creative with our five practical colour ideas for transforming your new home.
Idea #1: Room dividing
It’s more than likely that when you first saw your new home, you could imagine what some spaces might be used for, from snug corners to workstations. There’s no reason why large rooms can’t have more than one purpose and by using different colour schemes and furniture styles, you can divide your space according to your needs.
Rugs are also a great way to show where one area ends and the other starts, as is the layout of your furniture.
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Idea #2: Feature walls
If you’re short on time and would quickly like to inject some of your personality into your new home, try focusing on one wall. Make a feature of it with bold stripes and then at a later date you can find accessories to compliment your room’s colour scheme.
If you don’t fancy covering a whole wall, have a read of our guide to playful motifs.
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Idea #3: Open plan living
Paint is a helpful tool to enhance open-plan living. Pick a harmonious palette of three or four colours to mark out the different function areas in your space. Use furniture and accessories to suggest the purpose of the space and don’t be afraid to change areas as your needs change. Whether it’s working, entertaining or relaxing, you’ll soon be settled into your new room.
Practical open-plan living needs plenty of storage, so use vertical units, built in shelves and tall cupboards to make your space work for you.
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Idea #4: Create a work zone
Laptops, tablets and mobiles make working spaces in the home increasingly easy to define. Our flexibility means that a well-lit corner, a bit of wall space and even the end of a dining table can all work perfectly. Use colours that help you focus. Try a deep red to paint a shape or section on the wall to outline your space and get to work!
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Idea #5: Refreshing on a budget
A great way to make a little paint go a long way is to paint sections of your kitchen, such as cupboards and drawers. Using bold tones that contrast with softer shades in your space will breathe new life into the room. If you’ve got a bit of extra time, why not try painting the legs of your dining table or chairs to match.
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