8 things an interior designer would do – and save
WHEN IT comes to redecorating parts of our house, often we want to give them a bit of attention and a new lease on life without breaking the bank.
1 Be really clear on what needs changing
You don’t need to change an entire room to make a big difference, so pick a few small changes that will lift the entire room. Stand back and think about what would make the biggest impact. Is it a feature wall? Is it changing over your accessories?
2 Upcycle wherever you can
This is about creating something new from something old. For example, re-cover an old chair, or paint old pine furniture. A great trick is also wallpapering the inside of cupboards to create a brand new look and feel with maximum impact.
3 Before you start a project, create a mood board
It will help you know how the overall finish of the room will look and feel. Find a focal point; what mood are you trying to create?
4 Think carefully about your lighting
Lighting creates mood and a nice energy. Use it to highlight different parts of the room that may have been left forgotten.
5 Remember, less is more
Try not to cram in too much furniture and create clutter which draws the attention away from the other lovely things in the room.
6 Your sofa doesn’t always need to sit against the walls
If your room is large, bring the seating area into the middle of the room.
7 Mirrors are a great way to bounce light around and give the feeling of a bigger room. 8 If you have a small space, choose furniture with legs that lift it off the floor to create an illusion of a bigger space.