Make your living space into a real home

If you have moved home since your divorce you will need to do some work to turn it from somewhere to eat and sleep into a comfortable and welcoming place for you, your family and friends.

Turn your house into a homePot of Dulux paint
If you’re still living in the marital home then you may well be looking for a fresh look to celebrate your new life after divorce and make a statement about the new beginnings you are making.

The easiest way to go about achieving an 'instant' new look is a quick repainting of most used parts of the house.  Don't attempt the whole place, just do the important bits.  There are so many colours to choose from just deciding on this can be a bit of a nightmare.  Best way is to stick to one manufacturer's range.  Having more choice only makes it more frustrating and rarely leads to a better choice.

Whatever style you aspire to, whether it is ultra modern minimalist or swagged and draped country house, the myriad of books and magazines dedicated to achieving the look you want means that you should never be short of inspiration or advice.

Lots of advice available
As for magazines, newsagents shelves are collapsing under the weight of popular favourites such as Country Living and World of Interiors.  There is more more than enough both here and on television to tell you eveything you wanted to know and now wish you had not asked.  The advice you probably really want is how to do this well but cheaply.   

How to do it inexpensively (well, cheaply, actually!)
The trouble with all this advice is that it can be difficult to know when to stop so keep it simple. For example, you don’t need to dreamstime_592968.jpgrepaint every wall to give a room a new look.  Change accessories instead.  Lamp shades, picture frames, cushions etc. can make a dramatic change to the look and feel of a room, and a well placed light can completely transform the atmosphere.

Lots of supermarkets and clothes shops now stock ranges of inexpensive housewares that you can fling into your trolley along with your ready meal for one or pair of knickers to perk up your décor. 

As with people, houses need a little TLC now and again. Whether it’s general upkeep, a bit of DIY or a facelift for a tired room, if you look after your house, your house will look after you in the uncertainties of your new future.

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