As we are all spending so much extra time in the comfort of our own homes, it's likely that many people are feeling the urge to revamp and restyle their interiors.

Whether you're just starting to think about it, or you've already started creating loads of Pinterest boards, we wanted to share some tips and advice on refreshing your home.

Amy Bruce heads up our Interior Design department here at Andersons, and here are her recommendations...


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1. Repaint your space

Adding a fresh coat of paint will go a long way in brightening up a space and breathing new life into your home. Perhaps you have a room you've always wanted to repaint the walls in, but never had the time to actually do it, or maybe you have an old piece of furniture that could use a freshen up. Even painting the ceiling in a contrast colour can make a big difference to the look and feel of the space overall.

To create the perfect look, it's really important to use the correct primers and finish of paint. If a paint finish is too matte or has too much of a sheen to it, it can spoil the look you want to achieve. At Andersons, we have a large range of paint suppliers for a variety of surfaces. The Little Greene Company's "All Surface Primer"is a really great product, especially for woodwork and pieces of furniture.

It's always a good idea to buy a few sample pots so you can try your chosen colour on a few different walls before you commit to repainting the whole thing. Try it on as large a space as possible and avoid having lots of sample colours immediately next to each other, as this really affects how the colours look.

Daylight and artificial light can also affect how you view the colour so it's good to leave the samples on the walls for a couple of days and see how the colour is affected by different levels of lighting.


2. Use radiator covers

Radiators are normally the most annoying and unsightly element of a room, particularly the old-fashioned styles. Although you can repaint some radiators, a good way to style your space is keeping the radiators hidden by using a cover.

Either paint your radiator cover in the same colour as the wall for a minimal style, or use a contrasting colour to make it a more statement element of the room. A great way to modernise a radiator cover is to replace the centre panels with cane webbing.

Not only does a radiator cover look more stylish than the radiator itself, it also adds an element of practicality to your space, as it acts as a handy console table to give you an additional surface for displaying your accessories on. "


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3. Change up your lighting

A quick and easy way to update your home that doesn't require as much commitment as repainting is changing up the lighting in your chosen room. The position of a table lamp or ceiling light can completely alter the mood of a room.

For instance, table lamps are great for creating a relaxing, cosy feel, whereas ceiling lights tend to give a harsher light and create a brighter space, which is great for a room where natural daylight is lacking.

The overall atmosphere in a room can also be down to something as simple as which type of bulb you use. For instance, do you use warm white or cool white bulbs? It's a really good idea to try both to see how they change the colours in the room, especially if you are considering repainting.



4. Move things around

If you're happy with your chosen colour palette but still feel as though you have a room in the house that could use an update, why not shop the collection you already own?

Moving pieces of furniture or accessories from one room to another can give them a new lease of life while refreshing your chosen room. Whether it's a vase, a piece of artwork, a rug or some cushions, they can look totally different in a new space and this means you won't have to splash out on brand new items.

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