1 – A lick of paintA reasonably cheap way to improve any room in your home is to put on your overalls and give it a new lick of paint.
Adopting a new, fresh colour scheme is a sure fire way to breathe life into a room which looks tired and dated, but even adding a fresh coat of the same colour can help.
Remember though, that while you may fall in love with a certain shade of paint while you are browsing, it may look less appealing when matched with your flooring, lighting and even the shape of your room.
So, make use of tester pots and try to find a shade that works with its surroundings.
2 – A deep cleanDeep cleaning your home isn’t much fun, but it’s often surprising just what a difference it can make.
Cleaning windows, floorboards and carpets are important, but even smaller jobs like cleaning skirting boards and clearing away cobwebs can make an impact.
Start by walking around your home and note down every job that needs doing.
This will allow you to gather all the correct cleaning supplies that you need, and save you some valuable time making trips back-and-forth.
3 – A clear outOne of the biggest contributing factors to a room feeling crowded and claustrophobic is too many things.
There is nothing wrong with a touch of personality, but often certain trinkets and ornaments will just look out of place and messy.
This doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of them, but you might want to try moving them into a different room to give your room space to breathe.
4 – A focal pointFireplaces are of course the most common type of focal point for a living room, but if you don’t have one then there are other ways that you can draw the eye.
A good place to start is to find the room’s largest wall and add a feature to it, like a painting, or even hanging up your TV.
In other rooms, a bold piece of furniture such as a large bookcase, or a brightly coloured chair can do the trick.
For more tips and advice on improving your home before you put it on the market take a look at our guide here.
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