With winter now a hazy memory, the desire to resurrect our home and garden spaces is as strong as ever. Right now, interiors gurus are focused on sustainability, affordability and minimalism – with a splash of colour. Ready for a springtime update? Here are eight simple ways to inject a little magic without breaking your back (or your bank balance).
Carpets and rugs are an easy way to update a space and help visually define a room. Plus, they help to dampen noise and feel nice on your feet. Woven and textured rugs have come back in a big way, but if you want something softer and a little more sound-absorbing, dive into some faux fur - metaphorically and physically. Check out Kmart for a wide range of rug options at affordable prices.
Indoor plants are still very on-trend this year. Not only do they bring a sense of nature and calm to a space, they help purify the air too. Mother-in-law’s tongue (also known as snake plant or sansevieria trifasciata), is one of the best plants for oxygenating your house. Better yet, it does its best work at night, making it an ideal choice for bedrooms. Choose from a huge range of lush indoor plants at Bunnings.
Or do they? A classic optical illusion, adding a mirror or two to any room is an easy way to add a sense of light and space. If you have a narrow room, a long mirror strategically placed on one wall can make the room feel considerably bigger. Or try faking a window by placing a mirror directly opposite an existing window to create the illusion of two. Bed Bath N Table and Kmart both have a great range of options.
Smart lighting choices and thoughtfully chosen lamps are among the simplest ways to create a relaxed, welcoming mood in living spaces and bedrooms. For a wide selection of light fittings and lamps to suit any décor, head to Salt and Pepper. And remember: when choosing globes, avoid flouro and “cool white” options in favour of long-lasting globes with a “warm white” glow. When it comes to lighting kitchens and bathrooms, LED lights look great and can save you a heap on your power bill. Keen to make the switch? Speak to staff at Bunnings about what you’ll need to change over.
If you’ve got a bit more time up your sleeve, a fresh lick of paint is probably the most effective way to transform any interior space. It’s amazing how much brighter and elevated a room can look with a new paint job. Need some colour inspiration? Check out Dulux’s colour forecast for 2019, then head in to Bunnings and have them mix something up for you.
When it comes to bedroom interiors think minimalism – all the way. Today’s bedrooms are designed to be a tranquil retreat; a healthy space that allows us to switch off, indulge and relax. Keep it natural with raw timbers, linens and woven materials and don’t worry about imperfections – these all help add to the desired calm, natural feel. To see what’s new in bed linen and bedroom accessories, head to Bed Bath N Table and Harris Scarfe.