Top decorating tips for giving your home a sensational touch
Design like a millionaire
As more of us consider home improvements, there are a plethora of simple ways to create a stunning centrepiece. Whether you want to create a stunning centrepiece or a subtle touch of class, we look at some ingenious design ideas to give your home that ‘wow factor’.
If your space needs to feel bigger, never underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror. It’s an age-old trick that can brighten almost any room. Position them opposite windows to reflect not only light but the view outside. Don’t just confine yourself to placing them at head height either. If you attach them to a pitched ceiling they can create amazing effects.
Not a new trick by any standard, but a carefully chosen splash of contrasting colour on a chimney breast or wall can create a compelling focal point for almost any room.
Do be aware of the fabric of your home. Is there beautiful brickwork in the fireplace? Can the staircase be stripped back and varnished to show off its wood? Can your beams be better presented? Often previous renovations can cover up some amazing features, so keep an open mind. We should celebrate our homes, and that includes showing off how they were constructed. Even the most lowly concrete floor can be ground and polished with incredible results. While the tendency is to paint wood whenever possible, there’s a huge range of stains and oils to really bring out its natural beauty. It’s easier than you think.
Textured Wall Finishes
Rather than simply building internal walls from plasterboard, think about other materials that can be used. Birch-faced plywood is increasingly brightening up British homes. It’s strong, sustainable and offers a beautiful texture to your wall. If you’re being really ambitious, you can even install fretwork panels, which will be a true showstopper. Elsewhere, Tadelakt is also growing in popularity, especially in bathrooms. This Moroccan lime-based plaster not only looks wonderful but is mould resistant and presents no grouting line – making it perfect for bathrooms.
Let there be light
Getting your lighting perfect is as important as colour choice when decorating a space. You should be aiming to create an artificial lighting effect that is welcoming and well-balanced. The more independent lights you have, the greater your eventual options. Do consider downlights and hidden fixtures though, if you don’t want guests to be literally dazzled by your incredible illumination.
With its mild seasons, Britain is seeing a big up-take in bi-fold doors as a design choice. Cooking or eating open to the garden is a liberating experience. But we can take this one step further by using similar materials and colours on both sides of the boundary. Think about how your room converses with the outside space it faces and try to blur the threshold to create a sense of space and flow. If it’s feasible, you should look at how your connected space can be covered to truly maximise its use.
Your kitchen will shine with a few carefully placed metallic accents. Temper the starkness of your stainless-steel sink and hob with warmer coloured cupboard handles, cabinet feet, backsplashes or even inserts in your shaker-style doors.
A gentle scattering of zinc, gold, copper, and bronze accents can break up an austere space and add a certain touch of sophistication.
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