Fix the flaws

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - INDOORLIVING -

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.

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