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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Home

Tips for updating your home

If your home is in need of a refresh and you’re looking for quick, easy and affordable ways to update the interiors, these five simple steps will help you achieve just that.

1. Mood Lighting 

The lighting you choose throughout your home can really shape the overall tone and ambience, so when you’re ready for an update to your scheme, switching a few light features or lamps around is a simple and effective method. 

As an example, you could instantly give your space an industrial edge with something like this Granville Tripod Lamp. When you want to make a room feel more warm and cosy instead, then fairy lights are the perfect choice and we have an extensive range for you to browse on our website or in our Exeter shop. 

Lighting from toot garook

If you have a neutral or monochrome scheme, lights can also be a great way to add a contrasting pop of colour. The Confetti Multi Coloured Light Chain from Lightstyle London features shimmery confetti-like discs that would look great running along a mantlepiece or around a mirror. Another unique and colourful option are the cotton ball string lights by Happy Lights. Handmade in Thailand, these lights act as a distinctive decorative feature and would work wonderfully in a child’s bedroom or playroom. 


Multicoloured light chains

Shop Lighting

2. Cushions and Throws

Whilst sofas and beds are big purchases that tend to stand the test of time, cushions, throws and other soft furnishings can be updated more frequently and have a big impact on the design of a room. If you’d like to give your cushions a bit of a shake up, experiment with different colours, patterns and textures to achieve a whole new look. 

Why not try bringing some bohemian style into your room with the Andrea tufted chambray cushions. Whilst these cushions stick to a neutral palette, they will add interest with their aztec design and contrasting fabrics drawing in the eye. 

Vivaraise Andrea Chambray Cushions

The Tana stonewashed cushions and throws from Vivaraise feature an unusual texture with a waffle weave finish that could act as a point of difference in your room. The Tana range is also available in a variety of colours so you can customise your look by combining colours together or select one accent colour to define the space. 

Vivaraise Tana Cushions and Throws

If you want your room to feel more bold and luxurious, patterned velvet is an ideal option and the range of cushions from Les Touristes will bring a bit of Parisian chic into your interior. You can even get a set of matching curtains, or for a maximalist look, mix it up with one of the other patterns or colours. 


Les Touristes Patterned Velvet Curtains

3. Accessories

Home accessories may be the last step in a room overhaul but those finishing touches can make a world of difference. These pieces can reinforce the style and mood of a room and luckily, here at toot garook we have an abundance of unique home accessories and decorative items to help you complete your look. 

Vases can make a great focal point or centrepiece and will bring life back to a table, shelf or counter. For something subtle, you could opt for a set of glass vases with contrasting textures and sizes like these textured bottle vases from Grand Illusions.

Textured Glass Vases

If you love animals and want to incorporate that as a theme in your decor then our animal vases are just the thing! With so many different animals to choose from and tall, freestanding or wall hung options, there is something to suit everyone. We also have a range of animal pen pots and egg cups too. With a full range of animal themed ornaments, vases and kitchenware from Quail Ceramics, you can continue the animal trend from room to room.

Animal Vases

Now you’ve got the vases, you’re going to need something to put in them and although fresh flowers are beautiful, having them in the home all the time can be expensive and impractical. Faux flowers and plants are a great alternative that will stand the test of time. Fill your vase with something like these mini faux wildflowers or Craspedia stems in dark red or yellow

Artificial Craspedia Stems

If you have an empty wall then mirrors or wall clocks are a great way to bring in a new decorative element whilst serving a practical purpose too. 

Wall Clocks and Hanging Mirror

Ornaments are another quick and easy way to refresh your decor without it costing the earth. Explore our range here and find something to suit your interior style. 

Hare and Cheetah Ornaments

4. Furniture Reshuffle

Sometimes updating your home is as simple as reworking the pieces you already have. Consider what the functions of each room are and whether the current positioning of your furniture helps to optimise this. Look out for areas of ‘dead’ space such as unused alcoves and don’t be afraid to take a piece of furniture from one room and style it differently in another room.  

Styled Wooden Furniture

5. A Lick of Paint

Bored of looking at the same old colour every day? Maybe it’s time for a fresh lick of paint. Luckily this is as labour intensive as our suggestions get for refreshing your home, and you may find that after trying a few of the prior steps, painting isn’t even necessary! 


Orange and Ivory Painted Wall


However, if only a new hue will do but you’d like to keep the costs of your improvement project down then opt for tones that will complement the furniture and key pieces that you already have in the room. If the room is already neutral and you want to paint in a brighter colour, then take a look at our full homeware range for pieces in a similar shade to tie the whole scheme together.