Refreshing Your Space in a Weekend


Here at Futon Company we’ve really enjoyed BBC 2’s Series 3 of ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’, which sees keen amateur interior designers being put to the test in a simple format show which asks them to reinvigorate a room over three days using £1,000. Bringing a tired space to life over a long weekend is something many of us aspire to – especially with Easter and Bank Holiday season looming.

Journalist Jenny Coad talked to the programme’s judges about where to start when it comes to renovating a space. Here’s the lowdown…

The single most important thing you can do is “tidy up” says interior architect Daniel Hopwood. Drawing on the philosophy from tidying expert Marie Kondo, Japanese author of ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying’, he thinks this is the most economical way to revamp your space. Once that’s out the way he suggests making a statement by painting or wallpapering. His advice is to “Be Brave. The feature wall is dead – we call it the wall of fear. Paper all four walls – that will really transform a room.”

“Buy wisely and think about space,” says historian Tom Dyckhoff. Homes being built in the UK, he says “are some of the smallest in the developed world. Plus there’s a generation of people under 40 who can’t afford to buy and are renting.” He suggests that the best route forward for making the most of small spaces is multi-functional furniture and all manner of storage options brought to life with great lighting, cushions and accessories.”

Futon Company says: As experts in small space living we always have one eye on the future when it comes to thinking about compact interiors. Like Tom Dyckhoff suggests, we’re big advocates of multi-functional furniture and space saving products. Here’s a taster…

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