The clocks go back on 31st October, meaning we have an extra hour in our day. Whilst some may spend this time sleeping, it’s also a great opportunity to do some small decorating tasks around the house.
Richard Petrie, home expert at www.thomas-sanderson.co.uk, shares the decorating jobs you can undertake in less than an hour.
Add a little curb appeal
Although your house may be amazing inside if the outside doesn’t look great it could put visitors off. Spend thirty minutes tidying your front garden or display a new welcome mat and you’ll be surprised at how inviting it will make your home.
A good clean can totally transform your room. In one hour, focus on one room and start by removing any unnecessary clutter from exposed surfaces. Then dust the lights and clean the floor, both simple tasks that can make a real difference.
Alter your lights
Before altering any light fixture, ensure the light is turned off and allow time for the bulb to cool down. Altering your light doesn’t have to be a major change, simply putting a new colour bulb in can completely alter the style of a room. If you decide to completely change the light fitting and are unsure, it’s best to seek advice from an electrician.
Freshen up a boring corner
We all have those corners which look plain that we don’t know what to do with. A freshen up doesn’t have to be drastic, putting up shelves to display a new piece of artwork will add a pop of colour and character to an unloved area.
Clean your window dressings
Window dressings are often overlooked but it’s important to ensure they are free from dust and dirt. Most dressings come with a brush which allows you to vacuum safely. The best way to do this for blinds is to simply give the slats a quick once-over or for curtains, close them before gently brushing the attachment over the front. You’ll get the best results by moving from the top to the bottom, paying special attention to the edges.
Upcycle old furniture
Upcycling is a great way to make use of old and tired furnishings by giving them a new lease of life. You can bring an old piece of furniture to life by adding a splash of paint either to the whole item or just the handles, making upcycling a cost effective, quick and sustainable way to freshen up your space.
Give your front door a facelift
Don’t be afraid to go bold and paint your front door a bright colour which is the perfect way to make a statement and add style to your home. If bright colours aren’t for you, neutral tones like browns and greys can add a sophistication to your entrance.