From practical quick fixes to creative and crafty tips, these methods will save you money and help you make your mark on your new home.
Pictures and paintings are a quick and easy way to spruce up space, but hanging them straight can be a challenge, especially if you haven’t got any string or picture wire in hand.
To get your nails in a row, simply flip over your picture frame or painting and place a single piece of masking tape horizontally over the hooks or holes. Mark the location of the hooks on the masking tape with a pen. Peel off the masking tape and place it on the wall where you want to hand the picture while checking if it is straight with a spirit level.
Now all you need to do is a hammer or drill the nails in through the masking tape. Pull the tape off the wall and voila, you now have two nails that are perfectly aligned to your frame.
STOP HARDWOOD FLOORS FROM CREAKING
Hardwood floors can be a great feature in any new home, however in older houses, some floorboards can make squeaky noises and that can be irritating. Before you go out and decide to carpet or tile your entire house, try this nifty floorboard fix that can help you solve squeaky noise problems.
Spray some baby powder on the cracks between the creaky boards and sweep the area. Repeat a couple of times for the best results. The reason why this will work is because baby powder acts as a simple lubricant and will stop most of the creaking while allowing you to keep your home’s characterful floorboards.
This will also work on any wooden staircases and furniture, just be sure to sweep away any excess powder to avoid slippery surfaces.
Oftentimes, the first thing new homeowners will do to their property will be to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Instead of the typical matt white emulsion, try to opt for a satin and gloss finish. This reflects light and can liven up any space, channelling bright daylight down corridors and through darker areas.
On top of that, satin and gloss paints can often be wiped and cleaned using a wet cloth, keeping any dirty marks on your walls at bay.
BREATHING LIFE INTO THE SHOWER
Redecorating an old bathroom after moving into a new home to suit your aesthetic values may not be feasible due to financial constraints. A colourful shower curtain can brighten up any tired old bathroom, but the choices are often limited to boring and just plain tacky options.
Create your own custom shower curtain by getting your hands on a shower curtain liner, and with some simple measuring and sewing, you can use any fabric you like to decorate your bathroom.
This will give you a wide range of options when it comes to colours and patterns, as waterproof liner keeps the water off the fabric while allowing the design to show through.
After moving into a new home, it can look extremely stark and bare, especially when you are still hunting for furniture. A play with good lighting and colours, however, can create a homely atmosphere.
Instantly transform the lighting in your home with some colourful lamp shades, as they are inexpensive and can turn an uninspiring room into a bright and vibrant space.
Alternatively, opt for earth tones like green and brown to create a calming and relaxing effect. Combined with leafy houseplants, nature’s serene influences can double its effectiveness.