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Bank holiday weekend home challenge

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Author: Jade Wilce, Posted: Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 09:30

Spring is finally in the air, flowers are beginning to bloom, it’s time to open those windows and breathe new life into your home and rooms. With two bank holidays in May there has never been a better opportunity to do a little work on the house to make the most of those extended weekends. There’s no need to worry if you don’t have the time, energy or have too many plans, as the smallest updates can have the biggest impact.

Whether you have an hour, a day or the whole weekend, here are three challenges you could tackle over the bank holiday weekends to easily update your home.

Only have one hour?
Make time to do those jobs you’ve been meaning to do; touching up paintwork, clearing out those cupboards and re-arranging cluttered book shelves. These are all the jobs we never get round to doing, but can often make the biggest impact to a room.

If you want more of a transformation, update soft furnishings and artwork to bring a different colour into
a room without a full makeover. Another way to instantly update your home is to take things from other rooms and bring new life to them against a different coloured wall, or styled in another place. There is no cheaper way to update a room than by re-arranging the rooms in your home.

Only have one day?
One day of decoration can make a huge difference without all the upheaval of a full room makeover. Feature walls are a great way to make a big change in a room without having to take all the furniture out. They are fantastically versatile – so whatever your skill set, you’ll have no excuse not to give it a go!

If you’re not confident in creating a masterpiece feature, why not simply paint a wall in a complimentary colour to the room? For those who are a little braver, try wallpapering your feature wall with a wonderful print. And remember, it doesn’t have to be a wall – chimney breasts painted in a different colour can also add a huge impact to a room. For a bigger effect, create a gallery wall on your featured colour (once the paint is dry!) made up of family photos, postcards and even home-made art.

Have the whole weekend to spare?
If you have the whole weekend to dedicate to revamping your home, seize the moment and take on that room you’ve always wanted to make over. To make the most of your time and to ensure completion of the room, be sure to make a plan in advance.

Have fun creating a mood board, planning layouts and trying out colour combinations and testers before the weekend of the work. Before the weekend arrives, make sure you agree the paint colour or wallpaper pattern rather than wasting a day getting tester pots. Get your tools and DIY materials ready to start work and make sure you have decided the room layout. Once the walls are painted and the room has been changed around, remember to breathe new life into a room by restyling with new accessories and soft furnishings.

Most of all, enjoy your bank holiday home makeovers!

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