Autumn style on a budget

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As autumn draws nearer many of us start thinking about a project to keep us busy and creative. So as the darker nights approach, now is the time to think about revamping your house.

livingroom

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Let’s start in your sitting room. By adding cosy throws in different designs and textures, together with scattered cushions in different fabrics and shapes, something as minimal as these items can change the look of a sitting room.

Other simple ways to brighten a room is to add a stylish table lamp or nest of tables, which offer practicality as well as beauty. Or why not add free standing photo frames or wall hanging frames with family photos of those treasured summer days?

As the temperature drops your wooden floors may not seem so warm and inviting. Bring comfort and colour to your room with the addition of a warm, eye-catching rug, plus a large footstool-cum-coffee table covered in a fabric of your choice.

And the best thing about all these changes is they can be achieved with little expense.

THE KITCHEN

Revamping a kitchen can be done on a reasonable budget.

For example, a change of paint colour, or replacing wall tiles can all be done easily and cheaply. Tired of the worktops? While a more expensive decision, these can be replaced fairly easily, choosing from hardwood, natural slate, or one of the more stylish man-made finishes.

If you want to keep it more simple, remove the curtains and tie backs and replace with a simple roman blind, made from fabric of your choice. Matching seat pads with self-piped or contrast- piped can lift the look of a room, and your table and chairs.

Hall

The simplest of items can be used to brighten a hall, such as a quaint chair re-covered in a fabric of your choice, with a luxurious self-coloured Mohair throw over the back, or a free standing coat stand.

Using a few well-placed mirrors are a fantastic way to brighten up hallways as they reflect off each other and make the hall look larger.

If your hallway has windows, interlined curtains hanging on a good sturdy pole, with a traditional heading and contrasting tassel tie-backs, will change the look totally. If you have room, why not add a window seat with cushions to contrast with your curtains.Should the hall be of a good size a chandelier would look fantastic.

BEDROOM

Bedrooms can be easily brightened up by painting and decorating. If you want to add a touch of glamour, try adding a headboard in a choice of shape and fabric to suit your room. Add a mock quilted throw with various scatter cushions in different shapes and sizes and a choicesof fabrics, and voila! you will have a room you may find difficult to leave!

Wall lights, bedside table lamps and pendant lights can all be covered with a fabric to create that personal touch.

Bathroom

Bathrooms may seem like a difficult room to update without a huge expense , but it need not be the case.

It can be achieved by replacing curtains with a simple roman blind, using your choice of fabric – from plains, stripes, or florals – or add a pelmet to dress the window. Depending on the chosen fabric, contrasting towels can be added, along with the very up-to-date hanging hearts with candles.

Should your bathroom be large enough, a simple-styled chair with a jazzy cushion ma ybe all your room would need to give it a fresh appeal.

For more advice on restyling your home, visit Ettrick Forest Interiors.