INTERIORS

7 QUICK IDEAS TO REFRESH YOUR ROOMS (INSIDE AND OUT)

Classic curtain hardware, check. Perfect paint colour, check. New pillows. Check-ity check.

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  • Custom Marais Solid Brass Rod from Restoration Hardware, POA, ww.restorationhardware.com
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  • Industrial Hand-Forged Smooth Balled Finials set of 2, from Restoration Hardware, POA, ww.restorationhardware.com
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  • Think of paint as makeup, versatile, easy to apply. The perfect colour - such as Dulux Whisper White featured at interior designer Lynda Kerry's Sydney house can work wonders. Photo: Tessa Chirnshide. Towels, www.hotelluxury.collection.com
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  • The right paint colour such as Dulux Lexicon white can make rooms look wider and taller. Photo: Elise Hassey.
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  • Grouping trays on a wall as decor has lots of style value, very little money, and a great conversation starter. Trays from www.orienthouse.com.au Photo: Elise Hassey.
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  • Think of a big African wicker tray on a wall - it's a really good way of decorating if you can't afford art. Tray from Orient House, www.orienthouse.com.au
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April 25, 2018

You don’t have to spend a fortune to do a quick makeover. Rip down old curtain poles, hang new roller blinds, mirror a wall, replace pillows, give your walls a lick of fresh paint. Here’s a few quick, effective, ways to change the look of your rooms dramatically, that will take a lot less time and money than you think. Do them this weekend.

Quick fix: African wicker trays from Orient House instantly transform a wall in a Kangaroo Valley farmhouse.

CURTAIN HARDWARE

New curtain hardware from slim bronze to brass or timber poles can set the entire tone of a space. Pull down those old rods that have made you miserable for ten years and replace with snazzy new-look designs in antique-look bronze finish.

ROLLER BLINDS

Give your room a new view with a roller blind. It can correct the entire proportions of space (small window, low ceiling and so on) by allowing your blind to be as wide and as high as the window should be, not as it is.  When you hang the blind, treat the window and the wall as one seamless surface. We like off-the-peg matchstick blinds at Bunnings – www.bunnings.com.au to affordable made-to-measure roller blinds at wynstans.com.au and high-end – check out our stories – blinds, and directory.

A fresh coat of Dulux Lexicon white paint is a fast refresh for this Australian country house. Woven roller blinds from Wynstan Blinds and wicker trays on walls also give the place a fresh personality.

PERFECT PAINT COLOURS

Paint over that mission-brown paintwork that has made you unhappy for years. It will take less time and money than you thought and your life will improve dramatically. Take years off your rooms with a lick of fresh paint. Colour is the quickest was of adding warmth and character to a space and it’s easy to change once you get bored. Paint can work wonders. Check out Dulux Paints here

A fresh coat of Dulux Lexicon white paint was a fast, effective, update for this Australian country house – making rooms look bigger and brighter.

CEILING FANS

For a remarkably modest price, an electrician can install a ceiling fan in anything from timber to steel with a distinctly modern aesthetic that will make you feel like you are on holidays everyday. Put one in your bedroom, a living room or wherever you spend the most time. It can change the entire mood of a space.

An affordable black ceiling fan from Bunnings adds a holiday feel to this weekend retreat.

WICKER TRAYS AS WALL DÉCOR

Go on, hang those wicker trays on a wall. It’s a really good way of decorating if you can’t afford art. Think of a wall covered with African flat wicker trays grouped en masse. Very little money, but lots of style, culture, texture, and a great conversation starter.

REPLACE PILLOWS

Buy some crisp white cotton or linen pillowcases. Arrange two flat ones, side by side. Add two Euro pillows. Bedding is the quickest way to change the look of bedrooms.

CREATE AN OUTDOOR ROOM

Try creating an outdoor room you will actually use. Don’t buy an eight-seat table. Try five-star hotel chic with a sofa in proportion to the space where you can relax, read, gossip, cuddle, daydream or doze.

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