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This old house, curating the perfect home by upcycling on a budget

3 May 2022 | Insights Team

With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, many of us are looking more critically at our living and working spaces and considering how best to improve the functionality of our homes to adapt to the new normal. These days, our new lifestyle requires our homes to be both comfortable to live in and practical to work from. 

Here we take a look at reframing the way we think about our home in a way that not only improves our most valuable asset but also makes us fall in love with our home all over again.

Configure – go figure

Tired of seeing the same stuff in the same spot day in and day out? Take a critical look at how your home decor is positioned to maximise the space. You can dramatically improve the flow and open up a space by simply shifting things around. Repurpose, sell or donate the well-loved items you no longer need. Rehanging artwork, moving rugs or placing indoor plants into a new position dramatically changes the way you engage with your space, adding colour, texture and life into it and providing you with fresh enjoyment of all the items you have lovingly collected and curated over the years. 

Take your time

Embrace the new ‘slow decorating’ trend by vetoing mass-produced decor and instant gratification. Instead, rather assemble an interior-in-progress with carefully selected, high-quality, classic, recycled pieces that you slowly curate together, over a long period of time, to eventually result in a cost-effective and timeless aesthetic that is beautiful and as tasteful and unique as you are.

Upcycle with purpose

Look around your home with a fresh set of eyes and repurpose, repaint or reupholster existing furniture. Home shopping takes on a whole new meaning when you source quirky, original and cost-effective eco-solutions to meet your creativity right from the heart of your home. Craft new custom-made items out of the old ones that are one-of-a-kind and simply amazing!

Large and in charge

Don’t be afraid of placing large or oversized items into smaller spaces to create a sense of drama, scale and grandeur. Think oversized sofas or comfy chairs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors leaning against a wall and bouncing light into your space.

Lighten up

And while we’re on the subject of light, nothing enhances a space and improves mood more than light. Whether natural or electric, lighting is an art form in its own right, elevating your living and working space to a whole new level.

Read more:

15 Totally Transformative Furniture Makeovers

15 Upcycled Furniture Ideas That Turn Trash Into Treasure

Upcycling for beginners: 11 things to know

Insights Team

We're the "thinking arm" of Leadhome, combining expertise in data analysis, modelling, sociology, geography, and philosophy to interrogate current trends in the South African residential property market. Proudly contemplative since 2015.

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