Where to start

Waikato News - - Design, Build & Maintain -

If you’re stumped on where to be­gin, take a leaf out of in­te­rior de­signer Anna Cuth­bert’s dec­o­rat­ing book.

“I usu­ally start with the fab­ric, whether it be a fea­ture cur­tain, a bed­head, a par­tic­u­lar cush­ion to throw on the bed, or a cro­chet blan­ket their grand­mother has made. I use those colours as a start­ing point and work from there.”

A com­ple­men­tary paint colour can then be used on the walls, along with wall­pa­per, if de­sired, but Anna sug­gests lim­it­ing your sur­face fin­ishes.

“In my son’s room we had wall­pa­per on two walls, a very white paper with rac­ing cars on it, and then paint on two walls, which bal­anced it out. But I wouldn’t use more than two dif­fer­ent sur­face fin­ishes. So it would be wall­pa­per on one and paint on three, or wall­pa­per on two and paint on two.”

As your child will be spend­ing a great deal of time in their bed­room, it’s a good idea to in­volve them in the dec­o­rat­ing process. “The last room I gave my son a fan­deck of colours and the fab­ric that I’d al­ready cho­sen for him and he chose a blue. It didn’t quite match the fab­ric, but it worked.”

WHAT COLOURS? A cro­chet blan­ket Gran made can be a good place to start.

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