Fix the flaws
Emily Henson’s top tips for transforming how you see your “imperfect” home...
Keep a collection of small decorative pots and tins for all the clutter which clogs up surfaces - from coins, batteries and rubber bands, to pens, paper clips and buttons.
It’s so easy to accumulate ‘stuff’ which can be displayed on open shelves or glassfronted cabinets, but don’t feel you have to have everything on display at once.
Give over one wall to a colourful collection of art.
A room with an interesting paint treatment can get away with a multitude of sins - the eye is distracted from the clutter and drawn to whatever inspired paint job you can think up.
Refresh jaded furniture by taking it to a local car body shop, which can give it a spray in a jiffy.
If you’re in a rented home where decorating’s not allowed, give a lift to a dull wall by suspending a single length of wallpaper with an eye-catching design or pattern.
Every home - including children’s rooms - should have an area to tack up anything and everything which inspires, from photos and postcards, to cuttings from magazines or fabric swatches.
Wooden crates can be turned into super storage solutions, if given a light sanding and sprayed with paint.
In this disposable age, where the lifespan of furniture is getting shorter and shorter, anything we can save from landfill is a bonus.