Home improvement ideas from an interior expert

Home improvement ideas from an interior expert

It’s January, so while we don’t want to admit it, we have the new me-new year in our brains. It’s scary, obviously, but there is nothing we can do about it. So, if you’re ready for a new start, whether it’s business or personal, there’s no better way to say hello to your new one than to give your home a little sprucing up.

This is where Nadia McCowan Hill, WayfairThe resident style advisor at, enters. Here, she shares her top tips on easy, economical ways to turn your space ready for the year ahead.

Maximize light and space

Mirror Mirror! One of the quickest ways to create the illusion of space is by adding a large oversized mirror. Best placed in front of a window to reflect and bounce natural light, it will energize and revitalize any room.


Adames full length mirror

The mirror style you choose can also be transformational in refreshing a space, from glamorous art deco to a boho-chic bamboo design that invites warmth and sunshine.


Go wrong

Our homes can often feel a bit bare after the festivities with decorations and downed trees, but the greenery doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. If you don’t naturally have a green thumb, a fake plant is the perfect fit, offering the same statement impact. From the bedroom, bathroom, home office and more, your space will instantly be lifted up with tall leafy houseplants or a house tree. In small spaces, make the most of window sills and shelves for creeping plants.


Artificial succulent plant in pot

Imagine this

The Instagram trend for gallery walls shows no signs of slowing down in 2022 and what’s great about them is that they’re quick to create without the need for brushes or wallpaper.


Bagels Bagels Bagels Art Print

Anna dorfman

US $ 19.00

A bare wall will be given new life with the addition of frames filled with your favorite photographs or a mix of wall art or posters for pops of color. For a consistent look, choose frames in the same style and color, with different sizes for added interest. Different styles and colors of frames will create a more eclectic vibe.

John lewis

Gallery Perfect Multi-Aperture Floating Photo Frame Set, 11 Photos, Black

Perfect Gallery

£ 70.00

Clever quick fixes

If you are in a new build in blank canvas or renting and want to make changes without making them permanent, you need to know more about Peel & Stick Tiles! A great way to make a quick impact and put your own stylish stamp on kitchens or bathrooms, there are many styles and colors to choose from.


Peel-off and adhesive tiles of 30 cm


£ 24.99

They can be cut to size with scissors and a cutter, so that no tools are needed, and can be easily applied without bubbles and removed without leaving residue. They can be reused too, making them a great buy to take with you if you’re a regular renter.

Vertical style

    New Years is the traditional time to declutter and energize rooms with a furniture revamp. Wall and display shelves will provide additional storage space without taking up floor space. Sometimes less is definitely more, and posting fewer items can provide more impact. Floating shelves provide a cost effective option for keeping desks free of clutter and are a practical and stylish way to display scented candles and plants.


    Round shelves, 80 cm, black rattan

    Ground work

    One of the easiest ways to renovate a room without going to the DIY store is to invest in a new rug or runner rug – there are so many styles and materials to choose from. A circular rug works well in small rooms because it gives the space a focal point, like this jute rug that complements many wall colors and can help create a sense of calm in bedrooms and home work spaces.


    Rugs in general can create the illusion of spaciousness, especially when opting for a larger size that covers a large part of the floor space. They can bring together the whole look of a room, adding color accents through smaller accessories. Offering style and comfort, be bold with pattern and color for the biggest impact.

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