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TLC for your Home – Easy Ways to Update your Space

With the rise of Instagram, it seems every part of our lives must be picture-perfect. From the first cup of coffee in the morning to the perfectly dishevelled bed we get into in the evening, every moment must be worthy of documenting and broadcasting to the world. This need for aesthetic perfection in all aspects of life has, of course, transferred to the interior of our homes and led to a generation with an unbeatable sense of style when it comes to making the most of their space.

Here are some of the biggest trends that are easy and cheap to incorporate into your home and will give it an instant style update.

Revamp your colour scheme

Monochrome was big news for the last few years, but slowly other colours are making their way back into our houses. Blue is a firm favourite but variations of pink are big too. You don’t have to paint your bedroom walls in indigo straight away, you can start by adding small pops of colour through accessories. An azure lamp or a turquoise pillow can make all the difference. Deep hues of navy and eggplant are great to get into a fall mood. Introducing a whole new item of furniture, perhaps a gorgeous armchair, in one of the beautiful colours will completely change the mood of your space with minimal effort.

Mix your metals

Mixing your metals will give your home an incredibly contemporary feel. And don’t limit yourself to just silver and gold either. Copper is having a moment and is the must-have metal right now. Copper pendant lamps are the home décor item and make an eye-catching statement in any room. Try an unexpected combination like copper and grey for a truly stunning effect.

Fill your space with art

Turn your space into a gallery and designate one wall to pictures that inspire you. Forget about the traditional grid structure and aim for a more haphazard design. Start from the centre and work your way outwards to ensure the images remain well placed. If you think you can’t afford to buy enough art to make an impression, try companies like this one, who specialise in curated collections of fine art prints at affordable prices.

Wallpaper it up

Wallpaper is one of the easiest and fastest ways to give your home a style makeover. There are many easy non-permanent options should you get tired of one pattern. Go for printed wallpaper on one wall for a super chic look, or choose a playful pattern to add a touch of whimsy. Chintz is making an unexpected comeback and adds a distinctly nostalgic, yet contemporary feel to any home and there are many new, fresh takes on the traditional English pattern available.

Don’t be afraid to clash

Love natural, wooden finishes with a minimalistic design? But also find yourself dreaming of spaces filled with geometric patterns made from luxurious fabrics like velvet? You don’t have to choose! Be brave and combine natural materials with monochromatic geometrics and you will be amazed with the result.

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