How to give your home a classic look

How to give your home a classic look

Sometimes our homes appear in dire need of a lick of paint, yet with busy social calendars to contend to, children’s homework to complete and any extra curricula activities to plan for, giving our homes a new lease of life can seem impossible.

Time management

The only way to get things done, especially when you live in a busy household, is to plan. Choose a day when the kids are out playing with friends, at school or away for the weekend. Rise early and begin by accessing the area you wish to redecorate. Sometimes all it takes to brighten up an otherwise dull space is a new throw, several bright cushions or a vivid rug.


If you’re on a budget, yet wish to create a classic look in the home, it’s important that you choose your methods wisely. Instead of splashing out on a few rolls of magnificent wallpaper, only to realise that you have little budget left for the wallpaper paste alone, write a list of what you need. Shopping around is a great idea, as you may be able to find similar items for a lower price elsewhere.

Getting thrifty

Instead of purchasing the finished product when it comes to investing in new furniture, get thrifty. Painting over a tired dining room table and using the likes of wire wool to distress the wood is an easy way to add a new lease of life to an otherwise worn-out piece of furniture. If you need new furniture, or you’re unwilling to revamp any existing pieces, check out your local salvage yard for unwanted items. From georgian doors to old window frames and antique fireplaces, you’re guaranteed a classic find.

Keep the colour scheme neutral

If you wish to create a sophisticated interior style, opt for muted hues and simple styles. If you feel the room needs a little brightening up, add an injection of colour with the likes of a hot hued throw, a statement rug, a vibrant piece of artwork or several vivid cushions. When creating a classic look, it’s wise to opt for a “less-is- more” approach. Too much pattern and colour can create the illusion of a smaller space and also, an area that appears cluttered and chaotic.

Disclosure: This post is in association with Sash Window