Do you want to spruce up your interior? Well, our designers and home experts have a few must have top tips!
Take your time, slow down and really think about it - Feel the space and gradually everything will fall into place. Your home really should be a happy place so make sure you have things in it that make you feel nice. Be bold and be brave, it doesn't matter if you get it wrong. Go for it and have fun.
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
Your home has to reflect your personality and a house has to reflect your family and the people who live there.
It's about taking the very high end conceptual levels of design and making them very liveable and practical for you and your family. There's nothing worse than spending time in a beige environment - go for colour. When would you ever go to a restaurant and have beige food? It's the same thing - We want excitement!
It's unbelievably easy to make your home look nice now I think the first three things to tick off your check list: How your home can reflect you completely and utterly; Really celebrate your home - Don't deny yourself anything, and sit down and create a mood board - Bring together the inspiration you want.
You have to understand that it has to be a reflection of your personality. Don't run out of steam. It's really important to stay focused.
There are masses of choice for people wanting to decorate. The most important thing is to look after yourself and your family.
Ask yourself who is going to use the space and how will they use it. There is no point having a show home room if you can't enjoy it.
Go slowly, decorate slowly. If you've moved into a new place, consider the details you're going to put in. Live with your ideas for a bit, get a bit of cardboard and paint it a colour you're thinking about and then put it on the wall. The light will change it through the day and you'll get a real idea.
Don't rush into things. Mistakes can happen and they can be quite costly. We all want some individuality in our homes and I think that's really exciting.
One thing I'd say is that if you're feeling overwhelmed I know how you feel. I would say think laterally - You don't have to spend as much as you might think.
Do your research and really think about it. Use paints properly and you'll find you can achieve an amazing look quite cheaply.
- Don't be scared, be brave, I think people chicken out a bit.
- Don't play it safe have some fun.
- Don't bite off more than you can chew - don't say "right let's decorate the whole house in the next few weeks" as you'll hate yourself for it.
The best way to decorate your home is to start in one room and think and plan it lots. Do it but do it in your own time.
It can feel like a terrible chore if you try to do too much too soon.
I like things to be very light and airy and I like open houses with lots of light. I like to see somewhere to see things are fresh and friendly.
There is nothing better than doing up your own home - it's so much fun. I'd say to keep the basics quite simple - walls, curtains and sofa colours. Then you can have fun with the accessories and it means you can make changes cheaply.
I am definitely one for accessories - it's the quickies, easiest and cheapest way to change a look. But to do this you've got to keep your basics quite simple. I'd also say don't try to be too clever.
Lots of things we see in magazines look amazing but they don't always look good in real life and might not be practical.