Top 10 dec­o­rat­ing in­vest­ments

South Waikato News - - Property - 4. ART­WORK

If you don’t have an in­te­rior de­sign plan it’s easy to get car­ried away col­lect­ing fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories for the home that don’t fit in. There’s also the risk they may date quickly, and let’s face it, these dol­lars add up.

So it’s worth spend­ing a lit­tle more time look­ing for the best ex­am­ple within your bud­get.

An over­sized mir­ror brings a lit­tle magic to a room. It re­flects the light and any views you may have, and makes a space look a lot big­ger.

1. LARGE MIR­ROR 2. ONE GOOD AN­TIQUE

One good piece can an­chor an en­tire room. It may be a Mid­cen­tury Modern side­board or a fab­u­lous chest of draw­ers.

3. COM­FORT­ABLE MODERN SOFA

If you can’t af­ford a room full of fur­ni­ture, then opt for a sin­gle great sofa. Choose the best one you can af­ford. Even if ev­ery­one else sits on the floor, your room will look cool – and you will be com­fort­able.

It doesn’t need to cost a lot; it just has to be some­thing you love.

A great rug will bring your room to­gether vis­ually and make it feel more in­ti­mate. But size mat­ters. An­nie Loveridge from the Ivy House says it’s best if the rug is large enough to be­neath the front legs of the sofa and oc­ca­sional chairs.

6. ONE GOOD TA­BLE OR FLOOR LAMP

Light­ing is one of the most im­por­tant dec­o­rat­ing el­e­ments. Harsh over­head light­ing can ruin the most beau­ti­ful room.

7. WARDROBE OR­GAN­ISER

Ev­ery home should have one. A wardrobe or­gan­iser is es­sen­tial to max­imise space – it also helps you find items eas­ily. You can have a sys­tem cus­tom de­signed.

8. COM­FORT­ABLE BED

This is a no-brainer. We spend so many hours in bed, we need to be com­fort­able.

9. BED­SIDE FUR­NI­TURE

A small chest, a but­ler’s tray on a stand, an old trunk – choose what­ever you like, but just make sure you have a place to put your phone and a book. It’s even bet­ter if there is space for a read­ing light.

10. LAUN­DRY HAM­PER

Again, it’s all about be­ing or­gan­ised. If you have a ham­per handy to the bed­room and bath­room, you can sim­ply toss your clothes in when you are get­ting changed. And more im­por­tantly, other mem­bers of the fam­ily will also be en­cour­aged to be tidy.

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