Decorating do's and dont's

Decorating your home can be a treacherous task. With so many styles and fluctuating trends on the market it can be very easy to end up with a garish mish mash of fickle fads. To make things a lot easier, we have included below a simple set of foolproof guidelines. Print off these guidelines on your finest paper, frame and place on the bedside table and remember to recite them every night- once you have these simple but crucial engraved into your memory, DIY disasters will be a thing of the past.


Do – Use nature for inspiration. Bringing stones and shells, plants and other outdoor items into your home as part of your scheme and adding nature based wallpaper prints will add an earthly calm.

Don't - Don't try to achieve total perfection in your look. A perfect minimal look is difficult to achieve and even more difficult to maintain. Your home is for lived not just for looking. Do – Maintain some control over the amount of colours used when mixing patterns. Floral and striped wallpapers and fabrics mix really well but only if the colour variations are subtle.

Don’t – Try not to confuse a room with numerous focal points. Yes you want various points of interest but decide early what will be the main feature in a room then build around it.

Do – Really take the time to weigh everything up when choosing materials for large areas in your home such as floors and walls. Stone or marble flooring may have seemed awfully sophisticated whilst you were on holiday but during a British winter you’ll yearn for a little snugness. Similarly, a natural wooden floor really does look terrific, but have you carefully evaluated the upkeep and compared that with the upkeep of carpeting? Will you be on alert everything you here the sound of high heeled shoes, or worse- stilettos?!

Don't – Don’t fall for every new trend. Fads come and go but your bank balance is forever. Instead, simply choose things that YOU love.

Do - Place interesting art that expresses who you are around your home, it’s a great conversation starter as each piece has its own story. Don’t – Don’t forget the importance of lighting. You think it’s the settee that gives your lounge mood and atmosphere? You honestly believe that a romantic meal for two hedges its success on the style of the dining table? Wrong! Lighting is the key to success in any room. Whether it is a particular feeling you want to create or have a room with a special use, get the lighting right and the rest will fall into place. Do - Do mix in a few pieces from other cultures and periods to add interest to your home. It takes a little bravery and careful choosing but when executed well, an eclectic ensemble is the height of sophistication. Do - Remember less is more. Don't - Don't forget the finishing details that make all the difference. Table linens, cushions, dishware and ornaments will all add lived in charm to your property.

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