There are so many home improvement products on the market to choose from these days. For example, by heading online you could take your pick from a host of cheap leather suites for your living room or other areas within your property.
Despite the availability of goods like this, it seems many UK homes are in need of a revamp. According to research conducted by Dulux, more than two-thirds of Brits are ashamed of their homes and 47 per cent are so embarrassed that they have avoided inviting their friends and family over.
One in ten of the people polled for the study revealed they have not even shown their parents where they live.
Top pet hates included dated or market carpets, faded paintwork, cracked ceilings or walls, ageing wallpaper and bad colour schemes. With a simple lick of paint and the addition of some new furniture, such as cheap leather settees, people could significantly improve the way their homes look.
Commenting on the findings, Dulux ambassador and interior designer Jo Hamilton said: “The study reveals how the British are embarrassed by their homes and the impact this is having on their social lives. It’s a shame that so much living space is left unused, when it’s so easily rectified, without having to spend a fortune.”
She also noted that a few years ago she moved into a “dated and uncomfortable” property and, because she had spent all her money on buying it, she had to find “clever ways” to make it look good.
Ms Hamilton revealed she was pleased with the results of her efforts. She remarked: “I spent very little on the house but it looked absolutely fabulous with such simple changes.”
With the help of some bargain hunting and a little creative flare, it is possible to really enhance the way houses and flats look.