DIY Tips: New Ways to Accesorise Your Home

Show off your accessories and make your rooms shine with personality by following our top tips to accessorising your home. Lamps, candles, rugs, cushions and canvas images – they’ll all add life to your room without being too overwhelming. After all, a bright pink cushion is far easier to live with than a bright pink wall! Take a look at this link for decorating materials to help you get started.

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  • Got some lovely plates? Instead of lining them up around your kitchen wall or on a formal dresser, arrange them in an informal pattern on the wall in another room of the house, as in the image above
  • Brighten up your bedroom without adding clutter in the form of decorative pieces or too much detail on the wall by using patterned bedclothes or by adding a patterned throw – it might sound obvious, but it adds interest to the room without taking up any extra space
  • Make a feature out of your favourite books and knick-knacks by displaying them on open shelving units – a brilliant way to make your books into a focal point. Group colours together and remember – don’t use the shelving unit as a dumping ground!
  • Hang a statement clock. Clocks used to only be hung in kitchens, but now, they’re becoming art in their own right – hang them in your living room, dining room or bedrooms
  • Choose a statement light feature or use a glam chandelier to add elegance to a room. Practical and stylish, light fittings are an easy way to accessorise
  • Add a faux fur throw. Fold it and hang it over the end of your bed for a luxurious feel, drape over a sofa or hang over a cosy armchair. Look for soft, strokable fabrics and not only will they add a glam feel to your room, but you can also wrap them around yourself on a cold night
  • Not got the budget to buy new textiles? Revamp them with a packet of fabric dye. In the kitchen, dye your apron, oven gloves and tea towels to give them a new lease of life, dye white towels for use in the bathroom or even a set of white bed covers if you’re creating a new colour scheme in your bedroom
  • Glass vases are an easy way to add opulence to any room – plus, you can pick them up really cheaply from charity shops. Display them in groups on shelving units or on windowsills
  • Make the room feel bigger in an instant by adding a freestanding mirror – in many cases, the larger the mirror, the better. Plus, it gives the room an opulent, luxurious feel
  • Transform the floor into a cosysnuggly, lounging spot by stacking large floor cushions
  • Makeover every day items like a vintage milk jug or old teacup into accessories – use them as vases or to display candles
  • Tie curtains back with jewelled ribbons for a luxurious look on a budget

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DIY Tips: How to Buy Patterned Curtains

Patterned curtains offer a huge range of benefits – they instantly add depth and drama to a space and if you choose a good, thick curtain, help to keep the room warm whilst also blocking out natural light, ensuring that you get a great night’s sleep. Learn how to choose the right patterned curtains for your space with our buyer’s guide – and take a look at this link for ladders to help you hang them!

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  • Play around with scale. A small pattern at a large window will instantly make the window look even larger – perfect for emphasizing the space. For small windows, use a plain curtain or experiment with a large geometric print. Smaller patterns are far more restful than large patterns, too, making them great for bedrooms.
  • Match the pattern on the curtain to your lampshades. Pick out a colour from the pattern – i.e., purple, and use it to tone in your other accessories, like your lampshades, lamps, rug, vases or candles. It’s an easy way to bring the whole room together without having to call in an interior designer!
  • Choose elegant, subtle patterns to add a luxurious subtle focal point to a fairly neutral room. Taupe is always a great colour for a neutral room as it’s lovely and warm, so look for curtains in similar tones.
  • Remember that you can use curtains in a kitchen, too. Most of us stick to blinds in kitchens because they’re easy to clean but curtains can add a lovely homely feel. Look for vintage floral curtains for a country kitchen and splashy, geometric curtains for modern, contemporary kitchens.
  • Don’t forget to look for patterned curtains in sumptuous fabrics for a luxurious finish. Satins, velvets and heavy silks are all great choices – and if you let the fabric pool on the floor, it’ll look even more luxurious. Look for fabrics that make you want to stroke them and you’ll be on the right track.
  • If you just want your curtains to blend in with the rest of your room, enhancing your existing colour scheme, opt for a really subtle pattern – curtains with a very fine metallic stripe or a pale floral pattern. Curtains with a subtle pattern are far more interesting than plain curtains and if you opt for curtains made from a sumptuous fabric, they’ll not only help to tie the whole room together, but will also make the look more expensive.
  • If you love the idea of big, bold patterned wallpaper but are a little afraid to take the plunge, choose some big, bold patterned curtains instead. Hang them in a neutral room or paint the walls in an elegant but subtle colour, like duck egg blue, and make them the focal point rather than your walls. You can get away with big, bold patterns around French doors and large windows, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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DIY Tips: How to Make Lined Curtains

Making your own curtains is a fantastic project and it might not be as expensive as you’d think. Learn how to make lined curtains with this guide and take a look at this link for sewing goods to help you get the job done.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • fabric
  • curtain heading tape
  • curtain lining fabric
  • needle and pins
  • pencil
  • measuring tape (metal)
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • dressmaking scissors

Measure and Cut

Measure out all of the curtain lengths and mark with a pencil or pins. When working with patterned fabric, choose one main point in the design of the fabric and mark off starting at that point, then cut out the lengths. Cut out the lining fabric too, minus any fabric repeats.

Join Up the Lining

Join the widths up by pinning the fabric pieces together along the finished edges of the fabric, with right sides facing. If you have an odd number of fabric widths, use the scissors to cut the odd fabric width in half lengthways and then pin one half to the outside edge of each curtain. Stitch the two pieces together, taking in a seam of 2.5cm, then press the seams open. Snip into the selvages (finished edges of fabric) at 45cm intervals so that the seams won’t pucker when washed or pressed. Do the same for the lining fabric and then trim 5cm from one long edge of each piece of lining fabric.

Stitch the Curtain and the Lining Together

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Place the curtain fabric and the lining fabric with the side edges matching, then machine stitch the side seams, taking in a 2.5cm seam. Press the seams open, then snip into the selvages at 45cm intervals. Turn the curtain over so that it sits right side out and then press it completely flat. The lining should then sit centrally behind the fabric of the curtain.

Add the Heading Tape

Turn under 3cm of fabric at the top of the curtain and press flat, then knot the cords at one end of the heading tape. Pin the heading tape up so that it sits 3 or 4cm from the top of the curtain and then fold under the short edges of the tape to cover the raw edges of the fabric. Using the sewing machine, stitch along all edges of the heading tape, then draw up the heading tape so that it fits the window and knot the cords on the other end.

Hem the Bottom Edge of the Curtain

Take down the side hems so that you’re able to turn up the bottom hem of the curtain. Hang the curtains up by a few hooks so that you can finish them off, marking the desired hem length. Double hem the curtains, pinning them in place and then press the hem so that it lies flat. Hand stitch the curtain hem, then trim off the lining, turning it up so that it sits at least an inch above the edge of the hem, then press and hand stitch.

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DIY Tips: How to Measure for Curtains

Once you’ve found the perfect fabric for your curtains, you need to measure up – here’s how. Take a look at this link for measuring tools and sensors to help you get the job done.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • stepladder
  • measuring tape (metal)
  • calculator
  • pencil and paper

Decide Which Fabric and Heading Tape to Use

Decide which fabric you’d like to use and choose heading tape. Standard heading tape will give you shallow pleats while pencil pleat heading tape will provide deeper, narrow pleats.

Calculate the Fabric Widths

Measure the length of the curtain pole and then multiply the number by 1.5 for standard tape or 2.5 for pencil pleat tape. Add 20 (cm) for the side hems and then divide that number by the width of the fabric. Finally, round that number up the nearest whole number and that will tell you how many widths of fabric to buy.

Calculate the Cutting Length

Decide the length you want your finished curtains to be. If you’re using a curtain pole, measure from the base of the rings and if you’re using a curtain track, measure from 1cm above the top edge. For curtains that you want to be floor-length, add 1.5cm clearance between the lower edge of the curtain and the floor. For curtains that touch the floor, add 5cm to the measurement and for curtains that puddle on the floor, add 51cm to the measurement.

Calculate the Fabric You Need to Buy

If the curtains are made with plain fabric or fabric with only a small pattern that doesn’t need to be matched, multiply the number of fabric widths by the cutting length and then add 10cm to each curtain. If you’re going to have to match up your fabric, add the fabric repeat length to the cutting length before multiplying by the number of fabric widths, then add 10cm per curtain.

You’ll also need the same amount of lining fabric as curtain fabric, minus any extra fabric that has been bought for pattern repeat.

Calculate the Heading Tape

Measure the length of the curtain pole and then add 10cm and this is the heading tape measurement that you’ll need.

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