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18 home decorating tricks the pros swear by

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Sometimes we get the feeling that professional interior decorators don't want to tell you all their top tips for creating a stunning home design, but we've decided to anyway. After all, not everybody can afford to hire a team of decorators, but we all still want to have a wonderful home that we feel proud of.

From working with your space cleverly to choosing the right ready-to-buy textiles, we've got all the advice you need right here, so let's not waste any more time!

1. Pick a simple colour palette for everything in a room before you begin a revamp

2. Make investment pieces take centre stage in a room

Drummonds Case Study: European Retreat, Denmark:  Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummonds Case Study: European Retreat, Denmark

Drummonds Bathrooms

3. Give the illusion of more height by opting for low furniture

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia:  Living room by Campbell Watson
Campbell Watson

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia

Campbell Watson

4. Add a splash of colour around windows to take advantage of the sunlight!

Madhuri Print collection AW14:  Windows & doors  by Designers Guild
Designers Guild

Madhuri Print collection AW14

Designers Guild

5. Use mirrors to add warmth and perceived space

Crystal grey console table with cast aluminium top:   by Lace Furniture
Lace Furniture

Crystal grey console table with cast aluminium top

Lace Furniture

6. Don't put off buying a statement sofa and make sure you buy one that will last forever

Dixie Sofa:  Living room by Loaf

Dixie Sofa


7. If you can't face adding more colour to a room, add texture instead. Exposed brick works well

8. Make sure any readymade curtains reach all the way to the floor, to make them appear more expensive

9. Always keep ceilings pale to make rooms feel taller. You can even opt for the same colour as the walls, just a shade or two lighter

Master Bedroom with Vaulted Ceiling - As Built:   by Arc 3 Architects & Chartered Surveyors
Arc 3 Architects & Chartered Surveyors

Master Bedroom with Vaulted Ceiling—As Built

Arc 3 Architects & Chartered Surveyors

10. Don't have perfectly matching crockery, as this is a nightmare if something breaks

Nouveau Tudor Dinnerware:  Dining room by Castara Designs Ltd
Castara Designs Ltd

Nouveau Tudor Dinnerware

Castara Designs Ltd

11. Gold and silver DO look good together, so ignore the naysayers!

Contemporary Greys and Mixed Metallics:  Living room by Heather Interior Design
Heather Interior Design

Contemporary Greys and Mixed Metallics

Heather Interior Design

12. The only way to approach bold colours is with confidence, so dive in and give them a go

Feature Wall:  Walls by Madame Ant
Madame Ant

Feature Wall

Madame Ant

13. A jute rug is a classic staple for any room and will tie it all together

14. For a quick and easy way to add some luxe to a room, increase the number of cushions in place

15. A fully glass shower surround will make your bathroom feel much larger

16. Make a real feature of your kitchen splashback and opt for the largest possible. This will give a very continental feel

Kitchen Sink :  Kitchen by Johnny Grey
Johnny Grey

Kitchen Sink

Johnny Grey

17. Don't stick to matching dining chairs as they can drown out the rest of the space. Shake things up with different styles

Klash Chairs:  Dining room by Standrin

Klash Chairs


18. Let the sizes of your rooms dictate where you put your furniture and never block out all the light

Roma Natural Walnut Bed:  Bedroom by Living It Up
Living It Up

Roma Natural Walnut Bed

Living It Up

For more decorating tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 Dos And Don’ts Of Interior Design.

Have we shed light on secrets you didn't know before?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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