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How to transform your home on a budget: The simple 'finishing touches' that will improve any room in the house in MINUTES

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/4/2019 Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia
a woman smiling for the camera: Director of Vault Interiors Justine Wilson (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Director of Vault Interiors Justine Wilson (pictured)

An interior stylist expert has revealed how adding budget-friendly 'finishing touches' to a room can completely transform the space in minutes. 

Director of Australian company Vault Interiors, Justine Wilson, shared how using the right accessories in a home can elevate the freshness and elegance of a living room, bathroom or bedroom.

'It's so easy and so worthwhile to make your home look and feel just that little bit nicer,' she told FEMAIL.

'Don't underestimate the importance of finishing touches - whether you're doing up your own home to enjoy, setting up a rental property or staging a property for sale. You don't have to spend a fortune renovating or redecorating your entire property, it's as simple as adding the right accessories.'

1. Select one accent colour and use it throughout the home 

Picking a 'mood' or theme for your house is an easy way to coordinate the interiors and help it stand out as more than just a simple place to live.   

'Coordinating a room just like the professionals is easy, just choose a colour to carry throughout your home and accentuate it with accessories,' Ms Wilson said.

'Only a pop of colour is needed, for example a splash of dusty pink in an artwork can be repeated through pink cushions on the lounge, pink flowers or vases on the coffee table.'

2. Jazz up the dining table

This is where the majority of meals are eaten and family gatherings take place - so it pays to make it the star attraction. 

'A nice table runner or eye-catching centrepiece can be the difference between your room looking enticing or just average,' she said.

'Fresh seasonal flowers, candles or greenery in a simple vase paired with stylish cutlery and dinnerware helps to create a polished finish.'

What are the biggest mistakes homeowners make before selling? 

The biggest mistake to make when renovating for sale is to over capitalise and spend too much, especially on details that are taste specific.

Keep things simple, choose a neutral base colour scheme and apply it throughout the whole property.

This extends to the wall paint, carpet, kitchen and bathroom finishes, that way the house will feel tailored and considered. 

Beige or grey tones are the most on trend schemes. If your budget is tight focus mainly on the facade and as a minimum I always suggest fresh paint and fresh carpet as well.

3. Create an 'atmosphere' in your outdoor spaces

Just as the interiors should be carefully planned and rearranged, so too should the deck and outdoor entertaining area. 

'It's important not to forget about the outdoor spaces so dress them the same as you would inside to create flow and continuity,' she said.

'Scatter cushions across the lounge setting, add small potted plants to the table and hang up some lanterns to create a relaxing and peaceful ambience.'

4. Don't neglect the bathroom

While this might be the least aesthetically pleasing aspect of the entire house try not to leave it until the end. 

'Coloured towels, scented candles and soap dispensers can go a long way to dress up a tired space,' she said.

'Hide away all your daily products and add a vase of fresh flowers, some perfumes and bath salts to the vanity to create the feeling of an elegant day spa.'

What should you focus on in each room if you're looking to completely renovate the home? 

THE BATHROOM

* If you go the whole hog, think about using large-scale tiles, freestanding bathtubs and waterfall shower heads for a designer look.

* Spraying old bathroom tiles white is also an affordable way to spruce up your space.

* A grey colour palette paired with natural stone is on trend. If you have a lower budget, think about swapping out the old vanity/shaving cabinet for new, and changing the tap ware for a quick update.

THE LIVING ROOM

* Changing feature pendants lights is also a quick win. Bunnings or Beacon Lighting offer great affordable ranges.

*  People gravitate towards open plan living and combing the two areas by removing walls can really add to the feeling of light, function and space

THE STUDY

* The key to adding value here is to 'add ample storage and function' through things like inbuilt bookshelves and a floating desk system.

* Make sure that there are ample power and data points and task lighting is also important.

THE KITCHEN

* If renovating for profit, opt for mid range appliances and stone counters as the majority of people will be looking for both.

* Cupboards can be laminate if on a budget or custom polyurethane for a more designer edge. Most buyers prefer neutral tones in kitchen design so think white/ greys and avoid bold colours as it can be too taste specific.

* A quality mid range kitchen will usually cost around $20,000. If at all possible try to incorporate a kitchen island (which may mean removing walls) it will be money well spent and will create the open plan scenario buyers like.

5. Spruce up your bedroom

If you're planning on getting a good night's sleep each day then you'll want to have some cosy and comfortable surroundings in the bedroom quarters. 

'A simple bedspread can be elevated by adding in some scatter cushions and a bed throw,' she said.

'You can repeat an accent colour that you've used elsewhere in the home or mix it up and try adding a contrasting colour to brighten up the space. 

'Matching bedside tables and lamps and a dresser will also help create harmony in the space.' 

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