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When re­dec­o­rat­ing your home, it’s dif­fi­cult to strike the bal­ance be­tween expressing your per­son­al­ity and not risk­ing hav­ing dated decor in years to come. My ad­vice is to al­ways ig­nore what’s on trend.

Peo­ple set way too much store on trends and feel that their home has to some­how be ‘on trend’ – it doesn’t. Your home is your home, it’s about you and the things you love.

PRE­DICT THE PASS­ING TRENDS There’s no hard or fast rule to dodge these, but fads do tend to take off quickly.

A per­fect ex­am­ple is a Mo­roc­can-style rug, which I hap­pen to love and didn’t know when I bought my an­tique Mo­roc­can rug that these rugs were go­ing to be­come ubiq­ui­tous.

If you love some­thing to­day, it’s hard to know if you’ll love it in five years, but for me the test is if it’s su­per, su­per trendy right now, then it might not be so for­ever.

UP­DATE OLD FUR­NI­TURE If you do have a big-ticket piece which you bought years ago and it’s now dated con­sid­er­ably – like a sofa – there are ways of up­dat­ing this. If it’s a good-qual­ity lounge suite that still func­tions, the ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion is to have it re­uphol­stered in a neu­tral tone to bring it into this decade.

If you can’t af­ford that, you can change the look and feel with new cush­ions.

IN­VEST IN A CLAS­SIC COLOUR PAL­ETTE When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing your walls, I would ad­vise peo­ple look­ing to keep their homes time­less to opt for paint over wall­pa­per, as wall­pa­per is more costly to put up and re­place. If you want to in­tro­duce colour, I sug­gest us­ing ac­ces­sories – lamps, cush­ions and rugs – rather than paint­ing the walls. WOR DS : T R AC E Y HO R D E R N

I ad­mit I’m one of those nerds who gen­uinely loves a good home hack, es­pe­cially if it adds style and costs lit­tle. Fol­low­ing are some of my per­sonal favourite style hacks that I have ei­ther picked up on or im­ple­mented this year.

The pil­low­case hack This neat trick has caught on uni­ver­sally. No more search­ing the linen cup­board to find a com­plete set. Once washed, just place your sheets and one pil­low­case, neatly folded to fit in the sec­ond pil­low­case.

The bed­head makeover There are a few easy ways to change the look of your bed­head. The first – and most sim­ple – is by hang­ing a piece of fab­ric that you love over the bed­head. An­other strat­egy is to paint the bed­head with chalk paint and then add some up­hol­stery tacks to com­plete the look. This style hack also works for other pieces of up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture, such as chairs.

Up-style the front door To stylishly up­grade your front door, place a ceil­ing medal­lion at the cen­tre or side depend­ing where the door han­dle is placed. You can paint the medal­lion the same colour as the door or a dif­fer­ent colour for an even more dra­matic look.

Trol­leys Bar trol­leys are com­pletely on trend, but they can of­ten be ex­pen­sive. An af­ford­able op­tion for these can be found in most ma­jor stores. Trol­leys are also an ef­fec­tive place to store chil­dren’s toys, bath­room or laun­dry ac­ces­sories and can be used in the garage to store car prod­ucts.

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