Tak­ing the plunge on dec­o­rat­ing

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PLACE in­door plants in dark cor­ners, cre­ate plenty of stor­age spa­ces and go bold with “pops of colour”.

If this sounds fa­mil­iar, then you are aware of all the ad­vice out there when it comes to dec­o­rat­ing and ren­o­vat­ing.

My part­ner and I have just moved into our new home and I can’t wait to get stuck into paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing our guest bed­room.

I feel like the guest bed­room can be my “prac­tice room” be­fore my daugh­ter’s room and then the mas­ter.

It’s about build­ing my con­fi­dence as I’ve never ren­o­vated or re­dec­o­rated to this ex­tent be­fore.

Our house is 28 years old and needs a facelift, so I’ve been googling, los­ing sleep while spend­ing hours on Pin­ter­est and I’ve been search­ing all the pop­u­lar fur­ni­ture and home­ware gi­ants’ web­sites.

I’m fairly set­tled on a paint colour, now for the rest ... it’s a slightly daunt­ing task.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fan­tas­tic Fur­ni­ture blog “in­vest­ing in smart stor­age” is key.

“Use it to stash and store messy books and toys or to keep spare linen handy for overnight guests,” they say.

“Many peo­ple are of­ten over­whelmed by how to go about dec­o­rat­ing and styling a guest room. One sim­ple so­lu­tion is to opt for a com­plete room pack­age.

“It’s an im­me­di­ate so­lu­tion that cre­ates a pretty guest bed­room that can be dressed and styled how you like with bed­ding, cush­ions and throws.”

Ac­ces­sories such as cush­ions and art­work are quick and easy ways to dress up a spare room to make guests feel right at home, the blog con­tin­ues.

“Scat­ter cush­ions in an as­sort­ment of de­signs are a fun way to add a touch of colour and per­son­al­ity to a room.”

A bed­side lamp is also a “must” for guest rooms and pre­vents bumps and knocks as guest ne­go­ti­ate their way around the room in the mid­dle of the night.

“A smart ot­toman is an­other sim­ple way to cre­ate an ad­di­tional seat for guests that dou­bles up as a foot­stool when they’ve left. “

I’ve also been fol­low­ing former The Block con­tes­tant Ka­t­rina Cham­bers’ blog who has some handy de­sign tips and tricks.

Cham­bers is cer­tainly a big fan of mir­rors, light-coloured paint and even art pieces on the ceil­ing.

“Mir­rors can make any room feel big­ger and brighter,” she said.

“Go to the ceil­ing with art­work. Take ev­ery­thing right to the top – it draws the eye right up and makes the room feel taller.”

I’m a bit un­sure about the art-on-the-ceil­ing idea for the spare room but, hey, by the time I get to the mas­ter bed­room, I might fi­nally get the knack.

Here’s hop­ing ...

SO INVIT­ING: Cush­ions are an easy way to dress up the guest bed­room.

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