Decorate a home for spring
While decorating a home for spring may not be on the cards as an annual task, every home needs freshening up and the arrival of spring is just as good an excuse as any. In South Africa we are lucky enough to enjoy many months of warm weather so it makes sense to freshen up - both indoors and outdoors.
The annual spring clean rids our homes of cobwebs and dust accumulated during the colder months when our homes are closed up tight to keep out the winter chill and freezing rain. But if your home still feels dirty and dull after a good clean, perhaps its time for a facelift.
Swapping out old furniture for new pieces might not be within your budget, but small changes here and there can make a big difference to the look and feel of any home. They say a change is as good as a holiday, and making a few changes here and there will definitely give any room, or a home, a fresh boost of energy. We have taken inspiration from green couch, a US-based interior design firm who decorated interiors closely reflect our local design trends and whose interiors are attainable without having to spend a fortune - down to earth decorating inspiration.
Shades of white and grey are combined with whisper blues and bold metallic accents for a space that is cool and serene.
Dark wood trim is replaced with crisp white detailing on window and door frames to provide a fresh, clean background for the muted colour scheme.
Decorating with shades of whites and muted hues is wonderful as a backdrop, but in a home with children and pets it's better to be practical - unless you opt for slipcovered furniture and easy-wipe finishes.
Painting walls and trim with paints that are scrubbable is a must for a family home, as is having upholstered furniture treated with scotch-guard or similar product. Thank goodness Plascon have launched water-based Velvaglo. I am sure that many will agree that, while the original oil-based Velvaglo was durable and tough, application and clean up was messy and the paint took forever and a day to dry.
Paint walls with Plascon Double Velvet in areas that require regular cleaning. Double Velvet leaves a satin finish that hides a certain degree of imperfections on walls, but can be repeatedly cleaned to remove grimy fingerprints.
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If you need to remove crayon from walls, keep a can of WD-40 handy. Simply spray the wall with a light misting and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Freshen up a dining room or dining area with a fresh coat of paint and a new piece of art. You will find hundreds of affordable ideas for making your own artwork on the Internet. All you need is a framed canvas and acrylic crafts paints in a range of colours that you want to introduce into the room.
As a contrast to an all-white backdrop, walls painted in darker hues are complemented by adding lighter shades as accent pieces.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest working rooms in a home. Refreshing a kitchen or bathroom needn't be expensive or difficult if you take stock of what can be changed within your budget.
Swapping out dated lighting fittings for modern styles can make an immediate difference and offer an entirely new look, while replacing dated countertops with trendy designs or modern materials will update without costing a fortune.
If your kitchen design works just as it is, then look at making a few cosmetic changes here and there to refresh. You will find plenty of DIY lighting ideas in our decor section.
Bathrooms are probably the most expensive room in the home to update. However, floor-to-ceiling wall tiles in dated colours and designs can be removed and replaced with modern, trendy options if you shop around.
Look for tiles that won't date quickly, such as the new inkjet printed tile range from Johnson Tiles and available at Tile Africa. These tiles are neutral, natural looking, easy to maintain and come in a range of wood, concrete and stone designs.
You don't just have to love it - it also has to last. And you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that re-tiling your bathroom might not be as expensive as you originally thought.
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Small, dark coloured tiles tend to make a space feel small while large, lightly coloured tiles open up spaces and make them feel bigger. Light, natural hues also act as a neutral backdrop for furniture and décor - an important consideration when thinking about selling.
Swap out a dated or ugly bathroom cabinet with a stylish bathroom vanity. You can make your own bathroom vanity at a fraction of the cost of that of a ready-made or store bought bathroom vanity - plus you get to choose the finish you want. Visit our Bathroom Craft section for more DIY bathroom crafts, DIY and ideas.
Pop into your local Builders Warehouse or Tile Africa and view the latest range of drop-in or top mount basins. Ranging in price from about R500 up, replacing that pedestal sink isn't as expensive as you thought.
Bedrooms have become a sanctuary and more people are spending that little bit extra on furnishings and accessories to decorate a bedroom. Add a fresh new look to a dated bedroom with new curtains and bed linen in colours that match your personal style. Home decor stores offer plenty of affordable options for curtaining, bed linen and accessories. Shop your favourite store to check out the lastest spring trends.