Turn your vi­sion into re­al­ity by fol­low­ing these sim­ple in­te­rior de­sign tips.

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Fol­low these six in­te­rior de­sign tips to make your ren­o­va­tion vi­sion a re­al­ity.

THE UL­TI­MATE AIM of most suc­cess­ful ren­o­va­tions is to pro­duce an end re­sult that seam­lessly merges new ad­di­tions with the ex­ist­ing in­te­rior. The goal gen­er­ally is to cre­ate spa­ces that feel as if they’ve al­ways been there and flow ef­fort­lessly into the rest of your home. (An al­ter­na­tive ap­proach is to make a fea­ture of the clash be­tween old and new styles, but with uni­fy­ing el­e­ments through­out.)

Be­sides set­ting a re­al­is­tic bud­get, in­clud­ing up to 20 per cent ex­tra for un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, you can help the process run smoothly by re­search­ing ma­te­ri­als, mak­ing a ren­o­va­tion time­line and find­ing the right con­trac­tors for you.


It’s easy to get hooked on the lat­est in­te­rior trends and in­clude them all in your de­sign, but fads can date your house quickly and limit its ap­peal when it’s time to sell. Ren­o­va­tions aren’t cheap, so make changes that will last for years. Adding on-trend in­te­rior el­e­ments – such as pen­dant lights, tap­ware or a tiled splash­back – to a clas­sic base will cre­ate just enough of a con­tem­po­rary edge to keep the look fresh. And a few de­sign el­e­ments can be rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive to change as fash­ions, and your tastes, evolve.


A good reno should unify the spa­ces in your home. A house where every­thing just seems to flow and feel right is likely to have a com­mon style or theme run­ning through­out its in­te­rior.

Whether you’re adding a new space or ren­o­vat­ing an old one, cre­at­ing unity and co­he­sion should be a pri­or­ity. Think about what you al­ready have and what you want the space to look and feel like. Unity can be achieved by care­fully choos­ing and bal­anc­ing el­e­ments such as fur­ni­ture, light­ing, colour, tex­ture and ma­te­ri­als. Keep­ing light switches, doors, han­dles, re­cessed lights and skirt­ings the same through­out will en­sure a seam­less in­te­rior.


If you are ren­o­vat­ing a bath­room, stick to the same pal­ette of colours and ma­te­ri­als you’ve used in the rest of the house. How­ever, you can ex­e­cute the el­e­ments in dif­fer­ent ways. For ex­am­ple, your bath­rooms might have con­crete-tiled floors and white wall tiles, but the main bath­room could in­clude a wooden fea­ture wall or wooden van­ity, and the en­suite a wooden shelf and mir­ror. The wooden el­e­ments link the rooms, but each has its own in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter.


Most ren­o­va­tors take the op­por­tu­nity to re­paint the whole house so old and new spa­ces co­or­di­nate. Limit your home’s in­te­rior colour pal­ette to no more than three colours, and play with their tints, shades and tones to add in­ter­est in the scheme and within rooms. You may want to start with soft greys (the new white). If you opt for a stronger colour – navy, for ex­am­ple – bal­ance it with dec­o­ra­tive items such as cushions, art or a rug.


Save your con­trac­tors – and your­self – time and money by pre­par­ing Pin­ter­est boards and col­lect­ing mag­a­zine im­ages which il­lus­trate the style you’re af­ter. Don’t rely on your ver­bal ex­pla­na­tion, and their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of it, to get the re­sults you want.

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