STYLE SECRETS Take your lead from Liz with this lived-in look
get the effect of wood panelling or exposed brick by using a lookalike wallpaper instead of the real thing. as an easy way of creating a rustic feature wall without any of the mess or hard work involved, faux wallpapers look most effective on a single wall or a feature panel, rather than used wall to wall. Paint skirting in a co-ordinating colour and adjacent walls to match.
Follow Liz’s lead and refashion a pair of old louvred shutters to create a vintage-look wall hanging. Pick up an old wooden shutter from a salvage yard or from a skip and (depending on its condition) either sand down the surface to give a distressed effect or re-paint with a coat of chalk paint. Consider repurposing a shutter to use as a notice board – the slats are great for slotting in notes and pictures.
TAKE ART UP A LEVEL
turn a plain staircase into a feature by creating a wall of art running up the stairs. Work out how you’d like your gallery to look – structured and gridlike or relaxed and random – try Pinterest for inspiration. gather your pictures together and lay them out on the floor before hanging. try making newspaper templates of the shapes if you want to visualise how they’ll look.