Monthly Archives: August 2014

How to make a dark room shine

Whether you've just bought a home or having been living in the same property for decades, there's a good chance you might encounter a light-related problem.

While many rooms in the house get enough natural light by day – and artificial light during the evenings – this is not always the case. There's often a single room that's simply dull. 

It's dark, lacking in personality and sometimes even damp. Now is the time to turn around your least favourite room – here are some home decorating tips to brighten up such a space. 

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Nursery designs that complement your home’s aesthetic

Decorating a child's nursery can be great fun. However, there are plenty of disgruntled parents who think lush pink or baby blue are ideal shades, only to find that the child soon outgrows the colour scheme. Furthermore, these traditional nursery hues often don't match the rest of the home, leading to an odd disjoint. 

If you want to ensure your child's nursery is going to stimulate their curiosity and imagination, without clashing with the rest of your home's interior design, here are a few ideas to get you started. 

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Decorating tips for forgotten spaces

Everyone talks about their kitchen renovation or newly refurbished living room. But what about inspiring home design in the laundry, home office or patio?

These smaller spaces still deserve special attention. Remember, it's not just the main rooms that make an impact – even if your home has a stunning living area, it's going to be let down by a shabby smaller areas throughout your property.

Here are some decorating tips for those sometimes forgotten – but still important – zones in your house. 

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3 stunning bathroom designs

It's amazing what a beautifully designed bathroom can do. 

You'll likely spend a very small proportion of your day in this space. However, the right interior design and fittings can make all the difference. From high-end shower heads to soothing wall colours, a bathroom makeover will ensure your morning – or evening – routine is a pleasant one. 

Here are some bathroom designs making a splash in design circles.

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3 ways to revitalise your spare room

You might be lucky enough to have a spare room, but are left scratching your head with what to do with it. Having the extra space can prove incredibly helpful if visitors stay, your family expands in future years or you need to catch up on work in the evening. 

Here are three ways to revitalise the space, whether you want to create a luxurious guest room or productive home office space. With the right colour selections and furniture selections, you'll be wishing you gave your spare room a makeover sooner!

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How to embrace colour in a sophisticated way

There's no doubt about it – colour can turn a space that's lacking in personality to an area that's absolutely thriving.

Of course, splashing blood orange or canary yellow on all your walls without a second thought is brave, but it's not always the best long-term decision. If you're thinking about upsizing in future years, you want to be sure you can sell your home without any difficulties.

So just how do you achieve a sense of personality and flair, without overdoing it?

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Design a homework-friendly kids’ room

Designing a kids' room that's conducive to education as well as play is a smart move.

Getting children to sit down and do their homework doesn't have to be a chore. In fact, you can inspire young minds by creating a space that fosters imagination and learning.

Sure, a colourful kids' playroom is a great addition to any home, but why not create a multipurpose room that's good for both work and play? Here are some home decorating ideas for livening up this space.

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Home renovation ideas that require minimal effort

There's sometimes a disjoint between the desire to refresh your home and the ability to actually complete significant changes.

Whether for a lack of time or a limited budget, full-scale renovations aren't always possible. However, there are plenty of low-effort fixes that can still have a huge impact.

While a large-scale kitchen makeover or bedroom extension might be desirable, consider putting big projects off while you secure the finance for them. In the meanwhile, these small interior decorating ideas can be a smart way to transform your living areas, bedroom and kitchen.

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The mathematics behind your living room

Decorating your home is as simple as choosing a paint colour for the walls, plonking some furniture down and making sure there's enough light in the space, right?

Not quite – while decorating your living space doesn't need to be a complicated affair, some thought about specific placement of your furniture can go a long way. 

No matter what aesthetic you go for, considering the mathematics behind your living room can be a very beneficial exercise. 

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How to embrace the half-and-half look

Home decorating is a thrilling prospect for many property owners – opportunities to add personal touches to living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms is part of the charm of owning a house, rather than renting. 

If you want to strip wallpaper or apply a fresh coat of paint, you can do so. Perhaps the garden is getting you down – replacing the lawn, laying tiles or even adding an al fresco area area just some of the options available to you. 

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