EASTER is almost upon us and for many it’s a time for family, food and far too much chocolate. But to others, the four-day break signals the start of DIY season.
If you’d rather not spend the Bank Holiday weekend knee deep in paint and power tools but still want to make some very real improvements to your home, there are plenty of smaller jobs you can take on that will have a real impact and leave plenty of time to relax – and eat copious amounts of chocolate.
Tile without toil
Tiling can be a real chore, especially when you have to strip the existing ones. But did you know you can actually tile straight over the top?
As long as they are in good condition, even and can take the weight of the new tiles, you can simply lay them on top.
It’s not recommended for large areas, so forget about tiling an entire bathroom. But if you fancy adding a pop of colour in the kitchen with a vibrant splashback and are time-poor, this could be the ideal project this Easter.
Create a feature wall
Feature walls surfed a wave of popularity some years ago, and this spring’s trends of lush botanicals and jewel tones means this movement is well and truly back. Helpfully, feature walls are also an effective way to completely transform the entire look and feel of your living space – without having to work on the whole room.
When deciding upon which wall you want to draw attention to, you should bear in mind where it may lead the eye.
You might choose the fireside wall – painting the surface that protrudes, or perhaps the largest wall free of blockages or opt for an area where the dining table is placed.
Make a grand entrance
Create a home that truly welcomes you by re-decorating your hallway.
It might sound a time-consuming task but if it’s simply a paint job, it won’t take too long.
Key colours to consider here include yellow – which range from deep mustard to pale butters, vibrant emerald, pale blue and greenery, though if your hallway is relatively small or features little light, you should opt for the lighter on-trend tones, such as mushroom, stone white or taupe. A warm white paint is always a winning look and will make the space seem bigger.
If your paint is in reasonable condition, some new coat hooks or even a small seat, will change the look and feel of the area with minimum effort.
For added impact, and where you don’t wish to replace the flooring, add a runner for an instant lift.
Add some kerb appeal
Making over your front door can demand as little as a few hours from the first rub down to the last lick of paint. Eye catching, modern colours have become increasingly popular in recent years and include duck egg blue, grey, deep green, bright yellow and olive green; though if you’re thinking of selling up any time soon you may want to plump for white, which research shows most home buyers prefer.
Couple your freshly painted door with a few extra touches for maximum kerb appeal. Add some planters, jet wash your drive, mow your lawn if you have one, opt for hanging baskets or topiary balls to frame the door and scrub down and wash your windows.
If you have traditional curtains, changing the pelmet can completely transform their look. Choosing a contrasting colour can introduce interest, while switching from gathered or detailed pelmets to a smooth, featureless pelmet track can also update the look from traditional to contemporary.
If you fancy a truly bold move, that won’t take up too much of your time, why not consider swapping your curtains for blinds?
There are some fantastic Easter offers right now, with online retailer Curtain Express offering at least 20 per cent off their entire range – which some fabrics discounted by as much as 50 per cent.