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Room Makeover Ideas for an Instant Style Update

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New Year is always a great time to update your home – out with the old and in with the new – we’ve got some simple ideas to instantly update and refresh your style.

If giving your home a spruce up and new lease of life is on the cards in the New Year then we’ve some simple DIY and style tips that’ll instantly update and refresh your home. Whether it’s a new look you fancy or whether you’re updating it to list for sale.

Room Makeover Ideas


First up – when refreshing a room or updating your style, start with a decluttering session. It’s free and instantly creates more space, an airier feel and the room will look and feel a whole lot better. Get our simple decluttering tips here.

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Deep Clean

Instantly refresh any room with a top to bottom clean, pull out the furniture, clean down the walls and paintwork and wash the windows and window dressings. This creates an instant uplift in the space – or prepares it for redecorating.


Nothing makes a room feel instantly updated more than a fresh coat of paint. It’ll make the room feel cleaner and fresher.

You could opt for just refreshing the paintwork with the same colour or go in a totally different style direction by adding a dramatic colour change like dark moody midnight blue or deep grey hues. Or lighten things up entirely with a fresh shade of white.

And of course painting and especially wallpapering can be hard work and time consuming and in today’s busy lifestyle it can be a great idea to book a painter and decorator to carry out the work.

If you’re wondering how much a painter and decorator costs – check out this handy little painter decorator rates tool over at Moderniser for an instant rate check.

Update window dressings

You can add instant wow to your room by simply updating the window dressings – depending on your windows and style it can be as simple as adding a paired back window blind for a minimalist vibe or going for all out drama with statement curtains.

Focus on flooring

Depending on your budget adding a new floor can be an instant room changer – with so many wood effect laminates and carpets to choose from a flooring change could really create a totally different look and feel.

If a full flooring update is out of budget, opt for new rug to add a new vibe.

Soft Furnishings

Even just changing the soft furnishings can crate a whole new feel to a room. Switching up cushions and throws is a low cost way to overhaul a room.

Mirrors and Lighting

Bring more light into a room by adding new lamps or light strips, carefully placed mirrors to reflect natural light can also be a simple way to uplift a room.


Adding houseplants to a room is a great way to add interest and freshness. With so many types and sizes of plants to choose from it’s one of the easiest ways to update a room.

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