The 50 best decorating tips of all time (part one)

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The 50 best decorating tips of all time (part one)

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If you're thinking about giving your home design an overhaul, or have just moved into a new house that needs a top-to-toe makeover, don't do anything until you've read these clever ideas.

We've pulled together a whopping 50 amazing suggestions for you (split into two articles so you can enjoy more inspiration tomorrow). So before you blitz that bathroom or demolish your dining room, grab a cuppa, sit down and get clued up on everything you need to know!

1. Ship home amazing finds from holidays abroad

They'll be much cheaper than imported items that might not even be genuine.

2. Use technology to your advantage

Classical elegant frontage with a more relaxed facade towards the sea Classic style study/office by Des Ewing Residential Architects Classic
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Classical elegant frontage with a more relaxed facade towards the sea

Des Ewing Residential Architects

Your interior designer doesn't have to live in the same country as you these days!

3. Do your homework

Especially when it comes to vintage pieces—it will pay to know what prices similar items have reached recently.

4. Buy two amazing pieces for your home a year

Statement light over staircase: modern  by Chameleon Designs Interiors, Modern
Chameleon Designs Interiors

Statement light over staircase

Chameleon Designs Interiors

Rather than countless items of tat!

5. Invest where it matters

Digs daybed : scandinavian  by Loaf, Scandinavian Metal
Loaf

Digs daybed

Loaf

Items that anchor a room are important, so spend on pieces like beds and sofas.

6. Have separate living and socialising areas in open-plan rooms

Open plan living room: modern  by GK Architects Ltd, Modern
GK Architects Ltd

Open plan living room

GK Architects Ltd

Use furniture to mark them out.

7. Shop around

There's nothing worse than having your home look like you simply bought one of everything in a particular range.

8. Scale your living room according to your sofa

For a cohesive feel and an easy focal point.

9. Some designers recommend using outdoor fabrics inside

Charley Chairs: modern  by Humblesticks, Modern
Humblesticks

Charley Chairs

Humblesticks

To make furniture more stain resistant.

10. Have a test run before you paint a wall

To make sure your roller is fully saturated and free of lint.

11. In a room that isn't fully saturated with light all the time

Darker wall colours make a romantic or cosy vibe feel like a deliberate choice.

12. Let natural sunlight dictate your colours for you

Choose brights for north-facing spots, for example.

13. Add some fruit to your home

For a burst of colour and easy organic style.

14. Use ladders as storage items

Berry Lacquer Ladder by Orchid
Orchid

Berry Lacquer Ladder

Orchid

To show a little creativity and budget savvy.

15. Add unusual features

B- Fire 50 round: modern  by Tulipalo, Modern
Tulipalo

B- Fire 50 round

Tulipalo

How about a fireplace in your bathroom?

16. Modernise a subway tile scheme with an amazing floor design

White Metro 20x10 Tiles: industrial  by Walls and Floors Ltd, Industrial
Walls and Floors Ltd

White Metro 20x10 Tiles

Walls and Floors Ltd

We think a heavy pattern works best!

17. Keep your bedroom textiles simple and fresh rather than busy

They're far more elegant this way.

18. White and wood is a scheme that will always go together

And works in any room because it's classic.

19. Centre your furniture on a rug for a clear focal point

Riad Rug: modern  by Luku Home, Modern
Luku Home

Riad Rug

Luku Home

Don't be afraid to go bold with your choice either.

20. Remember that you chairs don't have to match

Mismatched Dining Chairs: country  by Rectory Blue, Country
Rectory Blue

Mismatched Dining Chairs

Rectory Blue

An eclectic selection can really work!

21. Create a light and welcoming hallway

With large mirrors on the wall.

22. Light your garden to perfection as well as your interior

mediterranean  by Decoración Andalusí Iluminación, Mediterranean Iron/Steel
Decoración Andalusí Iluminación

Moroccan lighting at the outdoor living room

Decoración Andalusí Iluminación

You want a happy, welcoming feel out there too.

23. Paint your wardrobe, dressing rooms and closets

White walk in wardrobe: modern  by Lamco Design LTD, Modern
Lamco Design LTD

White walk in wardrobe

Lamco Design LTD

The seamless colour will add elegance beyond your wildest dreams.

24. Add some pretty items to a non-working fireplace

To give it purpose and finish a room off nicely.

25. Use white furniture to make a room look and feel bigger

Tuscany Fitted Bedroom Furniture: modern  by Chase Furniture, Modern
Chase Furniture

Tuscany Fitted Bedroom Furniture

Chase Furniture

It's a tried, tested and approved method!

For part two of these decorating tips, come back tomorrow! In the meantime, take a look at this Ideabook too: 11 easy home upgrades that will cost you under £40.

Which decorating idea(s) did you find most helpful?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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