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DO’S AND DON’TS OF DECORATING It’s hard to know what works when decorating your home but with these simple and effective tips, your house will be looking heavenly. DO • Do make a budget and plan. • Do test paint colours. • Do stick with a core palette of three colours per room and build from there. • Do measure and then measure again and guess what, measure again! • Do take swatches of fabrics and paint colours out when buying items. Nobody likes to get home and realise everything they bought has to go back. • Do find inspiration from your travels, hobbies, likes and dislikes. • Do pay attention to doors and entrances. Make them light, airy and open and your rooms will appear bigger than ever. • Do tape over areas you don’t want to paint including light fittings and always put down floor sheets. • Do embrace flowers. Flowers create the sense of optimism throughout the home. For natural chic, assemble twigs, sticks, foliage and berry branches in your vase. • Do add pattern to the floor. It helps to lift the atmosphere and can bring a room together. • Do hang pictures at eye level. If you have to crane your neck to appreciate art, then you need to bring it down to reality. • Do consider antiques. They add character to even the smallest of rooms and can be a lifelong possession. • Do use mirrors to broaden the room and create the feeling of space, transforming the room. • Do make small changes to refresh a room – whether you change the rug, add a new lampshade or move a painting. • Do be brave but trust your instincts. DON’T • Don’t ignore scale. Furniture looks great when you first see it but is your home really showroom size? • Don’t be square. Symmetry creates a sense of order and calm, but too much of this can make a room feel static so shake things up. • Don’t buy the whole matching set. Mix and match and allow your room to have some your personality. • Don’t forget about your old favourites. There is nothing nicer than having a piece of furniture that has travelled through your student days to where you are now. • Don’t allow unfilled corners to become big, eye- grabbing spaces. Fill them up with a plant, chair or floor lamp. • Don’t be afraid to spend a lot on one item. A statement piece can carry the whole house and it might just stay with you forever. • Don’t let an accent take over one room. Too much of one thing can soon turn your home into a tacky mess. • Don’t be scared of colour. • Don’t go overboard. The old saying ‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’ needs to be taken into consideration when decorating n Image credits: Stock-Asso/Shutterstock.com Image credits: Stock-Asso/Shutterstock.com


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