Shopping is addictive, especially when you are shopping for bits and bobs and tidbits for your home. It is the thrill of the chase, the attention to detail, the interior’s eye you need to have, and knowing what will keep your home looking fresh and neat and on top of the latest trends. But you can’t just do this every time you walk into a room and think it looks a bit drab or when your latest purchases start to lose their shimmer and shine three months down the line.
We know this isn’t going to please the shopaholics out there, but it should make the hands-on-DIY-ers do a few somersaults because we have pulled together a few tips and tricks to help you show your home off in the best light possible. Knowing how to maintain your things, how far a little bit of TLC can go and what will keep your home looking fifty shades of fresh are all great ways to keep your urge for new stuff at bay and your purse strings rather happy.
So, without further ado, here is how you can fall for your home – and what’s in it – all over again, time and again:
1. Upholstery That Looks New
Nothing is going to make your home feel more looked after than well-maintained upholstery. It is one of those things that can have such a big influence on the way a space looks. So, to keep your sofas and chairs and whatever else looking as new as possible, get into the habit of vacuuming the fabrics, rotating the cushions, cleaning up any spills effective immediately and fixing any rips or tears right away. Your bigger pieces of furniture are what make the biggest statement in a room, what gives you that vibrant luxury, so if yours look almost brand new then the rest of the room will benefit from the same vibe.
2. Polish For Perfection
Take a quick stroll through your house and look at the wooden furniture you have. If you haven’t polished it lately – or ever – then it probably looks as dull as dishwater. What you will find after one polish, however, is a difference so astounding that you will make it part of your monthly chores. Why? Because gleaming furniture is a great way to make a space look fresh. Of course, what you polish with can have a big difference. As a rule, use oil for older pieces and wax for those that still have their original finish intact. Trust us, you’re about to mutter/say/scream the words ‘wow’ (delete according to the time of day it is).
3. Nothing Says Fresh Like Flowers
Fresh flowers popped into each room is one of the most gorgeous and simple ways to really lift a space. It is what breathes some fresh air into a room, quite literally. Of course, keeping fresh flowers in your home is a) expensive and b) quite the nuisance, unless you get them delivered on a fortnightly basis, in which case revert to point a) again. But don’t despair just yet because the best thing you can do is learn how to grow roses yourself. You can close your eyes and imagine it now; a home full of red Mr Lincoln’s, Blue Moon’s, Charles de Gaulle’s and Just Joey’s; all of them just a simple snip away. Of course, by learning how to grow roses, you won’t just be making your home look gorgeous, you’ll also be adding a huge dash of magic to your garden too.
4. Make Your Kitchen Magic Again
Whether you have lovely wood counters or marble tops, you need to look after them. It really is as simple as that. When it comes to your wood surfaces, that tends to mean getting scratches out, which is best done by gently sanding down any marked areas and then rubbing in food-grade mineral oil. As for marble tops, your biggest problem is probably going to be stains. It is just one of those surfaces that is rather prone to discoloration. The best way you can avoid this is to clear up any spills as and when they happen, otherwise, you may want to check out what the people at the Natural Stone Institute have to say on the matter. Nothing is going to re-ignite your love for your home like fresh looking kitchen surfaces.
5. From The Floor Up
When you walk through your front door, you tend to be looking down, which is why your floor is so important. It is what grabs your eye and guides your sight, encouraging you to follow its path into your home. It is what creates a subtle first impression we tend to overlook. So, if you have wooden floorboards but don’t want to have them refinished, then the best way to freshen them up and make them look their absolute best is to rub oil into them, or wax if they are really old. The shine this gives them will make you feel like you have just stepped into a period property that is being presented to go on the market. That is how fresh your home will look.
6. Give Your Rugs A Fluffing
Can you remember how delightful and comfy your sheepskin rugs looked when you picked them up from the store? They were divine, right? But now look at them. It’s only been a couple of months and already the wear and tear have trodden the life out of them. To prevent this from happening, and given them that beautiful bounce again, simply wash them in mild soap and then air dry them. While they are drying, simply shake your rug out and then brush the rug out with your old hairbrush and, voila, they’ll look just as amazing as the day you brought them home.
Don’t worry, we get it; home maintenance and cleaning is hardly as fun as shopping for new things. But there are two things that make your hard graft better: that feeling of satisfaction and the longevity you give your stuff – that new lease of life.