Okay, so let’s start this blog with an apology, we may have got a little excited with the puns. However don’t let that distract you from the top quality advice we are about to impart.
Whether you own your home or you rent it, a house isn’t a home until you put your own stamp on it. Decorating can be expensive, messy and exhaustive. And if you are a tenant then there is always the worry you are going to have to put it all back to how it was when you first moved in. So we have a handy guide for making your house a real extension of you, without making life difficult should you find yourself moving on or wanting a change.
Most homes, especially those on the rental market, will have white or off white walls, including the dreaded magnolia. But reaching for the paint brush isn’t always the answer. Patterned fabric hung from the tops of your walls can give you a real textured design to create an easily changed feature wall. Your home should tell a story about your life so picking a theme is important. Starting from the hallway and all the way through to your bedrooms, there should be clues about who you are, where you have come from and what your passions are. Stories On Walls are a brilliant way of sharing your life and your loves. Each one leaving a clue about who you are. Go for impact and hang large framed prints with big white borders in groups of 3, 6 or 9 and give that wow factor to your guests.
Soft furnishings are a fantastic way of adding colour, warmth and depth to your home. If you have minimal furniture you can really go wild with bright coloured cushions and brilliantly bold patterns. Bring a little bit of nature inside, creating room divides and natural textures with a mixture of small and large green plants. This is especially great if you have a naturally light space as it can really make you feel calm and at peace.
Room dividers or screens can range from the fabulously ornate to a more subtle, contemporary way to break up a room or to hide your home technology. You can easily make them yourself too. Adding large floor cushions or a big feature rug can disguise a wearing carpet and draw your guests into a cosy and inviting area.
Books are a brilliant addition to any household and there is something mesmerizing about looking at their stiff, beautiful spines and varying typefaces. The type of book you put on display also says a lot about you and your family. From old books you read as a child to cookery books or arts and culture. Book shelves can be painted to add a dramatic effect or to make them blend in seamlessly for a more minimal style.