December is no time to start big interiors projects.
But if you are pining to give your home a facelift before visitors descend, we have the answers on some of the best quick-fix solutions.
Here are seven top tips for a new look, pronto.
Arty: A gallery wall can add interest to hallways, stairwells, living rooms, or bedrooms, fast
Pile on the paint
With today’s improved technology, paint dries faster, so you won’t need to vacate a room for days on end.
Designer Andrew Martin’s paint collection is touch-dry in just 20 minutes and can be recoated after an hour.
So whether you plan to paint a whole room or just a feature wall, you can start after breakfast and be done by the school run — if not before.
The paint is 100 per cent water based and virtually odour free. When choosing colours, there are 114 shades inspired by travel and adventure.
Among daring darks, there’s Mendoza Malbec and Japanese Kimono. If you’re inclined to go neutral, there’s Maasai Mist and Sussex Flint. From £31.
K.D. Loves has launched a collection of ‘roompack’ wicker hampers filled with matching pieces
To brighten a drab room in a day, update your accessories. Instead of agonising over the right mix of colour and design, buy a ready-made bundle of accessories that complement one another.
K.D. Loves has created such a solution and launched a collection of ‘roompack’ wicker hampers filled with matching pieces.
Its Salthouse roompack includes a fuchsia and orange marmalade lamp, fuchsia throw, two fuschia-striped cushions and two orange velvet cushions. Priced from £1,200.
New door and drawer handles breathe new life into chests of drawers, sideboards, kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
Try the Adeline knotted handle in gold (£18, Anthropologie) or the Mother of Pearl brass handle.
If you feel like splashing out, head to Buster + Punch for some slick designs such as the gunmetal pull bar (£42).
If you want to add colour and personality, try brightly painted ceramic knobs (from £8, Anthropologie).
A gallery wall is a carefully curated display of photographs or prints arranged on a wall using photo frames.
It’s the perfect way to add interest to hallways, stairwells, living rooms, or bedrooms, fast. Instead of spending hours spacing out each frame, buy a set.
At The White Company, each photo frame is numbered with a sticker that matches up to two printed templates to choose between.
The guidelines mean you just need to align each frame (from £180).
If you’d prefer wall art to family photos, try the set of 12 Dera framed abstract prints at Oka (£395) or the Eva Watts Tropical Leaves framed prints (£140, John Lewis).
Need a new sofa fast? Plenty of brands offer ready-made sofas that you can have delivered within a few days.
At Sofa Workshop, its website promises that all in-stock sofas will be delivered within five to ten days of your order.
And at Snug, all sofas are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas. Crucially, they can be assembled in minutes and don’t require any tools.
With your bed as the focal point of a bedroom, it’s a good place to start for a fresh look.
Classic white sheets are always a crowd-pleaser. Try 600 thread count cotton bedding from Soak & Sleep (from £25).
Top with a luxurious quilt for a layer of indulgence. Oliver Bonas’s pink and green quilted velvet bedspread is a favourite (£125).
What your home needs is… fancy flutes
Oka has a £60 set of four champagne flutes in sapphire blue
Does champagne taste best drunk from a tall, narrow flute, or a broad-rimmed shallow coupe?
It’s a bitterly divided issue which may never be satisfactorily agreed upon.
But, either way, your home needs some of these glasses to raise a toast to better times — be that a Pol Roger, award-winning Aldi or a prosecco.
If you want to splash out, Oka has a £60 set of four in sapphire blue while Waterford offers the Marquis Markham, a cut-glass style (£70 for four).
The coupe’s design is claimed to have been inspired by the breasts of Marie Antoinette, but was, in fact, created more than a century before her birth.
Wolf & Badger has a £79 set of six, hand-engraved with a Victorian pattern.
Liberty has £27.50 set of two in smoked grey with a gold rim . If you fear breakages at a lively celebration, the Anyday set of four from John Lewis costs £15.