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Home decor idea: 30-minute makeovers

Add style to your home decor with quick, easy and affordable updates for every room in your home.

Freshening up your space is easier than you think. In as much time as it takes you to watch an episode of your favourite sitcom or iron a load of laundry, you can give new life to any room in the house. We've come up with some quick and easy ways to make over your home, with a focus on things that can be done in mere minutes.


- Put dimmers on light fixtures. Softer lighting adds ambiance.

- Dress up white cabinets by replacing handles with antique or glass pulls.

- Replace standard lighting with something different. If you've got the height and ceiling space, hang a chandelier for instant drama.

- Trade in your old bath mat, shower curtain and hand towels for new ones for an instant bathroom refresher.

- Add a reading corner. All you need is a long-neck floor lamp and comfy chair to curl up in. If you have the space, add a small end table for stacking your must-reads.

- Perk up your bed with a new duvet. Opt for a neutral colour and then jazz it up with bright pillow shams.

- Add an accent wall. Choose a bold shade that complements the colour you already have and cover one wall. A royal purple goes nicely with light grey or pair chocolate brown with off-white or beige. It makes a statement and takes much less time than painting the whole room.

- Find a streamlined laundry solution. Going to the trouble of updating your bedroom can be impeded by an overflowing plastic laundry hamper. Instead, put a hook on the back of a closet door to hang a laundry bag and get it up off the floor and out of sight.

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