Revamp Your Home With Ten of Our Top Tricks

At Pat McDonnell Paints, we have some simple advice to help revolutionise your space.

Pat McDonnell Paints Use A Rug for Home Decor

Use rugs to soften hardwood and tiled floors.

Hardwood floors and tiles are gorgeous and easy to maintain however they lack the comfort that carpeted floors offer – particularly in the Winter months. Throw rugs add warmth and give colour, texture and personality to your living space. Not only are they functional, they also make your living space fun! By combining different fabrics and patterns, you can showcase your unique style. If mix and matching isn’t for you, why not add several rugs of the same pattern and fabric but with different textures. The possibilities with rugs are truly endless! It’s an easy and affordable way to revamp any space. You can change your rugs to reflect the seasons and time of year: warmer in cold months, lighter in warmer months.

Add a hanging pot holder to your kitchen.

Kitchens are meant to be warm and inviting. We spend much of our time in them whether it be for preparing meals, serving meals or entertaining. A hanging pot rack is useful elegance. Kitchens are meant to feel as though they are in constant use and a hanging pot rack certainly makes one feel this way. In addition to looking so wonderful, (there are many sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space below is now freed up to store other items. Seldom has anyone complained of having too much storage.


Slip Covers on Sofas Pat McDonnell Paints

Slip into something a little more comfortable!

Slip covers often get a bad rap but they are truly wonderful things. They can serve as a  means of changing your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. These easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture. Slip covers are ideal for rooms used frequently by children. Above the white slip-covered couches gives the air of a casual, comfortable, easy yet sophisticated elegance.

Go green!

Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space and adding color and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. No home should be without these wonderful greens!

Vintage and New Pat McDonnell Paints home decor

Mix it up! Expensive and inexpensive, patterns and textures, old and new.

Any good interior decorator or colour consultant will tell you that the most essential element to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are. Your space should show off your style and personality. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a bargain find at a vintage shop, mixing old pieces of furniture with your more modern furnishings is wonderful way to give your home a unique stamp. Different fabric patterns and textures, from curtains to pillows, can add depth and texture to your home.

Wicker baskets: pretty and practical. 

Not only are wicker baskets economical, they’re also an elegant way to add storage to any room. You can use baskets to store and display towels, books, magazines, toys, blankets etc. In the kitchen, why not display your fruit and vegetables in lace a couple of small wicker baskets on the counter-tops in your kitchen to beautifully display and store your fruit and vegetables.

Wicker Baskets Design Pat McDonnell Paints

Use what you already have to decorate.

We all have items in our possession, probably packed up in boxes somewhere and haven’t given them a second glance. Your home needs some accessories. Instead of running to the store, take a good look at what you already have. Trays, wooden, acrylic, metal or silver can be placed on top of luggage racks, tea carts, trunks, bedside tables and coffee tables for extra texture and dimension. Arrange candles on them, frames or pile books on top of them. Plates can be hung to create wonderful wall art. Art from children’s books can be framed and hung in nurseries, children’s rooms or their bathrooms. You will be amazed at what you can do with what you already have!

To help make a small room feel larger, paint your walls with softer, lighter colours.

When it comes to small living spaces, it’s important to use light colours and mirrors to give the optical illusion of space – both will make the room seem larger than it actually is. Dark colours will make a small room seem even smaller. Even with lots of natural light and the strategic placement of the mirrors, a room painted with a darker shade will feel more cramped.

Make a small room appear bigger


Add instant light to your space with mirrors.

Whether they’re small or large, mirrors add dimension and light to any space. Mirrors are a fantastic way to make a small space feel larger. If your room has a limited amount of natural light, placing a mirror directly across from the windows will add instant light. Adding a decorative mirror to an empty wall space is a great alternative to hanging art pieces.

Paint or wallpaper your bookcases.

This instant pop of color will brighten and re-energize any room! It’s amazing how something so simple as a coat of colorful paint can instantly energize and transform your space. This built-in bookcase would be simple and ordinary without the bright blue interior. Perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive way to transform a boring space is to apply a coat of paint somewhere unexpected. Bookcases are an ideal place to start because you don’t need to paint a large area. Other fun places to add a pop of color include painting fireplace mantels, the insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.

Which of our interior design ideas is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below! We’d love to hear your best decorating tips too!