Finally bought a place of your own? Start off in style with great value ANYDAY buys for every room to create your dream home
It’s actually happened – you’re on the property ladder and raring to make your mark. If only you had the budget to match your big ideas. Fear not: our new ANYDAY brand is here to help, offering quality you can trust at prices you can afford. To make the very best of what’s available, we’ve rounded up some experts to advise you on where to start.
‘The quick wins often come in the form of a tin of paint,’ says Emma Morton-Turner (@emmamtstylist), interior stylist and founder of Inside Stylists. ‘Tackle one space at a time and choose which room you want to escape to when the DIY gets messy – it’s almost always the living room or bedroom. Painting a room something simple like white to start with is an inexpensive short-term fix, giving a neutral canvas to help you visualise or build your dream scheme.’
Finding colour confidence can take time and practise so think about layering colours as blocks in prints, rugs, cushions and accessories, and live with the look for a while before committing to bigger buys or large-scale decorating.
Partner & Home Design Stylist Wil Law (@johnlewis_wil) is all for making the accessories work hard for you. ‘I often work with first-time buyers who are influenced by their parents’ way of decorating, thinking that they should invest in new flooring, walls and window dressings throughout,’ explains Wil. ‘In many cases this is the right approach, but not always. The layering of beautiful forms and strong colours, across furniture, lighting and accessories can totally uplift and transform a space, and make a house a home in no time.’
‘I love how a lot of ANYDAY is designed with flexibility in mind,’ adds Wil. ‘This past year has proved how hard our homes have to work so pieces that are not only stylish, but can help transition a space from one part of the day to the next are so important.’
For living spaces, think flexible furniture such as a sofa bed for guests, compact dining with extra folding chairs that can go anywhere and tall shelving units that use more of the height of the room. Curtains as a space divider can create a room within room, adding colour, pattern and texture too, while a rug can differentiate between zones.
‘If you’re tight on space, invest in a surface that can function as a work desk in the day then transition to dining at night,’ says Wil. ‘Your additional seating can be a bench that tucks under when the desk is pushed against a wall.’
Partner & Home Design Stylist Alexandra Fox (@johnlewis_alexandra) also recommends being flexible in your thinking. ‘A space to entertain lets you really open up your home but it doesn’t need to be stuck indoors,’ she says. ‘Taking open-plan living out on to a decked area, balcony or pergola-covered patio instantly creates a feeling of space. Easy additions like festoon lights and a pop of colour in outdoor furniture and cushions will help define it as a space designed for living.’
“The ANYDAY brand offers John Lewis quality at a more affordable price point”
‘While most people decorate the rooms that guests will see first, I’m all for creating a bathroom sanctuary as a priority,’ admits Emma. ‘I’d start with a lick of paint on the bathroom walls, pull up lino to paint the floorboards and add a plush bathmat for cosiness. It’s funny how candlelight can disguise the ugliest of tiles and add a relaxing scent.’
Bedrooms can be easily transformed. Layering up new bedlinen is one of the quickest fixes but don’t forget the windows too. Layers work wonders here with combinations of curtains, blinds and sheers bringing privacy and blocking light efficiently. Look to create an effective lighting scheme that will help you get ready in the morning and soften the mood at night. Think beyond the classic pendant and bedside light combo – a floor lamp can introduce a sculptural shape and soft glow in one corner.
If your first place is on the small side, you’ll want furniture that makes the most of every centimetre. ANYDAY Sleep includes a wide choice of both freestanding wardrobes and modular pieces. And, if buying your first home has coincided with having your first baby, ANYDAY Baby & Child offers great value, helping you get off to a great start without compromising on style.
Everything is possible within a small budget. ‘First-time buyers often come to us for help in spending wisely,’ says Bethan Harwood (@johnlewis_bethan), Partner & Home Design Stylist. ‘They want good advice for investment pieces such as the bed, sofa, dining table and curtains, and they want the quality, guarantees and service offered by John Lewis. The ANYDAY brand offers that quality at a more affordable price point.’
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