Little Touches To Lift A Dark And Tired Interior.

The craziness of Christmas finally seems to be over and a new year is in full swing (the Easter eggs will be filling the supermarket shelves in no time). It’s time for fresh starts and new beginnings, and if you’re living in a busy family home; your interior space will impact the mood of the whole household. There’s always one or two rooms in your house that feel neglected; they may have become a dumping ground for all sorts of things over the years, and they are left unused and a waste of precious family space. Therefore, there’s no better time to start thinking about how to repurpose a room or give it some much-needed TLC and an interior facelift so that you have another area for your loved ones to use and enjoy.

You don’t need to embark on a huge renovation task (unless you want to); sometimes it can be a few simple changes that will make a huge difference to a space. The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who want to enliven their lacklustre spaces so that they have more areas to enjoy in their family home this year.

Clean and Clear
Firstly; it’s time to have a good clear-out so that the room isn’t going to be cluttered with things that the family never uses. Old toys, gym equipment from five years ago, and books you’ll never read, can all be boxed-up and taken to charity shops so that your guest bedroom or dining room is already given a new lease of life and will become a blank canvas. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, ceiling, and around the windows will also lighten the room; go for a crisp white or soft pastel hues for a breezy interior. Head to sites like and find yourself some of the finishing touches so that you can dress your windows with new curtains and begin the process of adding colour and prints to the space. Invest in similar and complementing soft furnishing for the bed or dining chairs, so the room becomes considered and homely. You’ll a clean and clear space that still has plenty of comfort and personality.
Focus On The Purpose
If a room has a set purpose other than a place to dump stuff; it’s easy to invest in furniture and interior accessories that will make it even more appealing. Perhaps you have enough room to create a little office or a specific area for the kids to play; if this is the case, it’s worth investing in some storage solutions new furniture or upcycling a desk or some  for the pies of Lego that seem to be increasing month after month. Add touches like plants, photos, and artwork, and anything else that is likely to draw you and your family into the space. Invest in quality, warm lighting and you’ll be far more inclined to spend some time in your fresh new space than in other areas of your home.
PS. We’ve just heard we have planning permission for the old house! We’ve been waiting for a year so yippee! Let the renovations begin! Well…..not quite yet but it’s a start!
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Little touches to lift a dark and tired interior.

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  • Congratulations on receiving approval for your renovations. That’s great news after all this time.
    I’m surprised Easter eggs aren’t already in the stores over there. They’ve been on the shelves here, along with hot cross buns, since Boxing Day!

    • Well some have but I haven’t really lseen them in the larger supermarkets….it won’t be long! Crazy isn’t it? X

      • Crazy indeed! Some of our supermarkets justify it by donating some of the proceeds to charity. Hub is happy to buy Hot Cross Buns for his morning tea as soon as they are available, but for me they’ve always meant Good Friday. I think what really gets me though is the commercialisation and consumerism it encourages.

        • Absolutely.
          PS they are in the shops now here too everywhere!

          • It doesn’t take long. I guess Easter is early this year! 🙂

  • Congratulations!!!!
    I needed to read this today , my laundry room just depresses me … unfortunately it’s somewhere I spend way to much time and after reading your post maybe just a fresh lick of paint and some new storage may just make the difference!! #blogstravaganza

  • Our bathroom is next on the list for a do-over. We’re in a terrace house and it’s in the middle, so there’s no natural light. I’m sure you can imagine how dull it is!

    • But a lick of light paint and new towels might make all the difference!

  • Paint and fabric can make a huge differencein a room. Looking forward to future posts on your renovation. #PoCoLo

  • Good luck in the new year!

  • Hi! I love how roomy our house looks now the Christmas tree is gone. Cleaning can still be a drag to me but I do feel a lot better living is a sprakly clean home 🙂 Hopping over from #Pocolo

    • Sparkly home….absolutely. Although with my teens, it doesn’t stay that way for very long. Thanks for popping over. X

  • I really believe in giving each room a purpose. It’s so easy for spaces to turn into dumping grounds if they don’t have a reason to be! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • Well done on the approval, amazing how little changes can make such a difference Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • I’m excited at the Kent but I expect I will be fed up at some point….I’m not looking forward to the mess. X

  • I am a huge fan of decluttering, sometimes I go overboard! But it always makes me feel better to have space to live. #AnythingGoes

  • I’ve just done a whole clear out. Anything not used in the past six months … gone. The place looks great!

    • It’s very cathartic, isn’t it? I love it too! X

  • That’s so exciting about the planning permission, hope it all goes smoothly! I had a chuckle about the old gym equipment, toys and books, I’m constantly tripping over stuff and would love to give it all away but unfortunately I’ll have to wait until my kids have grown up and my husband gives up his exercise routine!! I have managed to carve out a small corner for me to write at least, now for that lick of paint… #anythinggoes

    • Haha! Well that’s a start! Thank you lovely. 😊

  • We did our hall way last year. Now it’s just the front bedroom to go. I find curtains are often a starting point, especially if you’re not really painting. #anythinggoes

    • Yes me too! Love lovely, pretty fabrics. X

  • Fab news – and so true, sometimes you need to look at a space differently and sometimes you need to do a bit more! Looking forward to following progress. Thanks for sharing #PoCoLo

    • Thanks Stephanie! It will be a daunting project but exciting too.

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