I recently posted a series of before and after photo’s of the property that we’re renting on Instagram just to show how transformative paint can be and that you can still make your house feel like home whether you own or rent it from someone. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, sometimes it’s just a tin of paint and a dose of creativity. I got so much great feedback so I asked my followers to tag me in their interior makeovers using the new swipe feature and thought it would be great to do a blog post featuring some of my favourites. Home renovation can be tough, stressful, costly and all consuming so before and after photo’s are a great reminder of how far you’ve come and what you’ve achieved.
I hope these inspiring makeovers will give you some great ideas for your own homes. Remember, a new look doesn’t necessarily mean spending much.
I’ll start off wth a couple of before and after shots from my home which as you know we currently rent. You can read my previous post, House rental tip for tenants part 1 (paint) to hear my tips for painting if like me, you’re renting.
Here is my latest makeover, our porch. The entrance/hallway to your home is the 1st thing that people see. If you have kids I find when their friends parents drop their kids off for a play, they stand at the door chatting and only ever see this part of the house. So it needs to be impactful, I decided to go for a colour block. I already had some off black paint left by Farrow & Ball so I decided to go for Smoked trout on the top half. It takes a little more patience but it’s not difficult to do. I’m no artist so I used masking tape to make sure I got a straight, even line.
Our Kitchen is just a lick of paint and a statement piece of furniture which I discuss in more detail here.
Again our living room is transformed using a dark, inky paint and a statement rug. Here we used farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. This is the room where I go to relax and switch off and I find the dark paint makes it feel so cosy. More on daring to go dark in my previous post here if you haven’t already read it.
Here are some fabulous transformations from Instagram where paint has been the main game changer. I’ve added their Instagram handle so you can hop over and check out the rest of their gorgeous homes.
I just love this transformation. Sarah (theraynors) Started off painting one wall dark and loved it so much she decided to go the whole hog, including the ceiling. How amazing does it look with the tin tiles too.
Nadia (Artynads) is the queen of dark interiors, her home was recently featured on Design Sponge so if you haven’t yet checked out her profile you should head over to her Instagram. Her bedroom makeover is fabulous. I love the metallics against the black walls. A great design trick, unless you have some fabulous Vintage wardrobes which you love, is to paint your wardrobes the same colour as your walls, it makes them fade into the background rather than standing out like a sore thumb!
I think this is such a clever transformation, love the bright blue, such a happy colour. Also love how Meera (artyhomestudio) has used paint to section part of the room off into a cosy reading nook for her Son, such a stylish kids room.
By reigning in the colour palette and going with some gorgeous neutral shades Liz (missedcannon) has given this room a whole new look. I love the exposed brick feature against the gorgeous neutrals that she has chosen.
Hayleyturner84 said she cannot believe she ever lived with the cream walls. After taking the plunge to go dark she totally loves it, what a difference a coat of paint can make!
Olives.and.lavender spent days on end stripping back the fireplace to the original slate and then painted the room in a gorgeous inky hue, such a beautiful transformation.
Lucy’s (mrsmerrellyeah) guest room looks so much more cosy and inviting painted dark. Pop the kettle on i’m on my way!
Beautiful hallway makeover by jacksod71, love how the bold woodwork really stands out.
Lottyslife really modernised this room when she moved in by painting the walls neutral, switching the room layout and adding grey accents. Such a calming, relaxing living room.
What do you think to these makeovers? Has it inspired you to get the paint brushes out? If you are struggling to take your space to the next level or need further inspiration then check out my express e-styling package. Also if you’re enjoying reading my blog post I would love to to subscribe by entering your details below.