No sooner have we wished for it than it has appeared on our radar. And in our household, spring can’t come soon enough. Home-schooling and working from home for months on end has really taken its toll on our abode.
As Persians, spring cleaning or ‘shaking the house’ is all part of our Nowruz or New Year tradition. My in-laws are already washing carpets and cleaning every nook and cranny of their home right now. Of course, beating rugs in the yard is not for the faint-hearted! Spring cleaning in the UK, usually means a spring clear out and spring sales! For us, that means getting rid of old stuff and buying new stuff without the purse-strings being stretched too much.
There are some simple, cost-effective touch-ups to your home that can last a long time without breaking the bank. Let us delve into some ‘spring in your step’ home improvements guaranteed to give your rooms a bit of life.
Start with colour
When we moved into our home four years ago with a two-week-old baby, we gave every room a fresh lick of paint. Now however I think our living room looks a bit plain and simply out of sync with our feelings.
Generally when we think of changing a room the colour always jumps out as a driving force. We all want to kick the drab into something a bit more fab. While I’d love to opt for a dark blue in our lounge, I know neutral colours are the best way to go when little fingers touch everything in sight. Apart from the fact that Persian silk carpets stand much better against a neutral background!
It’s important to think of your long-term plans and pick colours than are set to last much longer.
Maybe your rooms need that little extra in the form of patterning of walls, ceilings or even floors.
A little creative interior expression goes a long way to making your room feel fresh and inspiring, especially if it is currently drab and uneventful. With family overseas, I love getting creative with our blank walls and creating collages of family photographs and art pieces. You can really spruce the place up at little cost. For flooring, we dispensed with the carpet and installed lowest price Amtico flooring in our downstairs and upstairs en-suite bathrooms. You can get some great abstract patterns – especially if you look at the tones in luxury wood effect vinyl flooring, like ours.
You may think of those flimsy vinyl products of yesteryear, but vinyl flooring has come on in leaps and bounds to become a firm favourite when it comes to interior design. It’s a great choice for durability as it has the strongest protective qualities against stains, scratches, temperature and water also. Trust me, we have first-hand experience of mopping up after a four-year-old.
Unique storage space
Children have a tendency to have their toys spill out of their rooms and into other spaces around the house.
This can be because you are either not getting rid of old toys no longer played with, or you need extra space. How about turning one wall into a complete storage space? You could provide room for books, ornaments and space to place a chest for those toys (and that painful LEGO). Cyrus loves having his own ‘treasure chest’ and storage boxes are pretty cheap in the right places.
Ultimately, spring is a time for change and blossoming. So why not look into fresh colours, luxury wood effect vinyl flooring and unique storage to help you get your house in order and put some spring in your step!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. However, all opinions are my own.