7 Steps to Creating a Sleep Sanctuary

Create a cool and calm sanctuary in your home by following these eight simple design tips – thing like the perfect height for your headboard and how to match your bedside tables. If you’re not particularly good at painting and decorating, get a decorator in to help, or if you need an extra helping hand – such as the services of a handyman – hire one by clicking here.



  • If you want to buy a new headboard (and you should, they really make a room), it should be approximately 45-54 inches in height from the floor to the top of the headboard if your room is eight to ten feet tall, whether you’ve gone for an arched design or a regular flat design. Any taller and any artwork that you get will end up too high on the wall. Get something that’s upholstered for extra comfort.
  • Bedside tables look best when they sit just an inch or two lower than the bed, which is usually 24-27 inches tall. If you’re going for mismatched tables, they should still be the same height, and they should sit around 15 inches deep so you can fit lamps and bits and pieces on them.
  • Pop a bench at the end of the bed for valuable storage space and to pull the room together. If you’ve got little ones, it provides a really good spot for them to curl up on when they can’t sleep, too. It should be about 2/3 the width of the bed, and at least three feet away from the wall opposite the end of the bed.
  • Art above the bed, whether you choose bright modernist pieces or religious museum-worthy art, should fill around 2/3 of the space horizontallty and 2/3 of the space vertically.
  • If you’re trying to unify two different bedside tables, make sure you choose two matching lamps. For a style that’ll never date, opt for drum style shades, as they’re very clean and unfussy, which means that they won’t interfere with the rest of the decor and you can keep ’em even if you change the furniture.
  • When it’s cool out, keep a throw or bedspread laid out over the bottom of the bed – that way, you can just pull it up if it’s chilly overnight. When it’s warmer outside you can simply fold it up and toss it over the back of a chair.
  • If you want something comfy and cosy to sink your feet into when you step out of bed in the morning, opt for a cotton or plush rug instead of a sisal rug ‘cos it’ll be softer on your toes. There should be at least three feet of rug on all three sides of the bed, otherwise, it’ll just look a bit small and awkward.

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Our Favourite Decorating Tips… Ever

We’ve shared a gazillion decorating tips over the past year and as we’re so close to Christmas, we thought we’d gift wrap our favourite decorating tips into one post. Hire painting equipment here, or a handyman to do the job for you if you aren’t particularly good with a paintbrush!


  • Ombre stairs: Buy a pot of paint in the colour of your choice and a pot of white paint, paint the bottom stair in the coloured paint, then gradually add a little bit of white paint, painting each stair as you go. You’ll get an ombre effect, which is a really striking way to brighten up a hallway, particularly if everything else is white or neutral.
  • Group like for like objects – mirrors, photographs, plates, vintage finds, vases etc, either on walls or on top of cabinets or tables. It’s a simple way to show off a collection, but if you mix up objects that are dissimilar, your decor can look very disjointed.
  • Grouping objects in the same colour family works, too. For example, maybe you have a collection of vases from different eras or in different styles that don’t “go” together but that are in the same colour family, you can still group them together to save them going to waste. Pop ’em on a mantel top or on top of a cabinet.
  • Instead of loosely grouping frames together, arrange them in a geometric fashion, stacking frames one on top of the other to create a pattern.
  • A bookcase? Nope, it can be an everything case. Use it to store things like books, accessories, linens, candlesticks – anything you like. If it’s a bookcase that isn’t open at the back, you could also use wallpaper and paint to give it a bit of a new lease of life.
  • Paint the back wall of a bookcase a few shades darker than the rest of the room – it’s a trick that interior designers use to add depth to the room and it’s surprisingly effective.
  • Change up a glass coffee table by wrapping a piece of foam board with the patterned (or plain) fabric of your choice and popping underneath the glass. Easy – the look of a runner but without having to worry about spilling your coffee on it.
  • Wallpaper can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to cover a whole room or a whole wall – pop it just above a dado rail if you like. They’re far more fashionable than they used to be, especially with some panelling underneath.
  • To make use of the leftovers, create a scroll hanging using some dowels. Secure with tape, then hang up using some ribbon and a tack.
  • If you’re shopping for a floor lamp, keep this in mind – 68 inches is the perfect height, as the bulb will be concealed whether you’re seated or standing.

5 DIY Decorating Shortcuts

Upgrading your home? Or just want to give one of your rooms a bit of a revamp? These 5 DIY decorating shortcuts will help you to transform your home in an instant – and not only are they speedier than more traditional options, they’re often cheaper, too – even more of a bonus. To help you get started, check this link for painting and decorating materials.


1. Use a Patterned Roller

Patterned wallpapers can be pricey, especially if you want to wallpaper the whole room rather than just one feature wall. With designer papers costing upwards of £150 a roll, it’s not the most budget-friendly option. Plus, wallpaper can take ages to hang and it’s very easy to end up in a sticky mess. Enter the patterned roller. These ingenious devices create the look of patterned wallpaper with none of the expense – plus, it’s far easier to simply paint over paint once you get tired of the look than to strip wallpaper.

2. Spray Paint Your Furniture

If you think spray painting your furniture sounds mad, you could be right. But it’s a really cheap way to transform the look of your furniture in about 5 minutes flat. It only works on fabric upholstery, and to ensure that everything stays clean and tidy you will have to mask off any details like wooden chair legs, but it’s super speedy and really quite clever. Take cushions off of chairs and sofas before painting and finish with a sealant, so that new colour doesn’t get all over your clothes.

3. Use a Glue Gun

Glue guns are actually a really useful thing to have in the home if you love crafting and DIY projects – for example, making your own curtains or adding a trim to a lamp – so instead of digging out the sewing machine every time you want to get crafty, buy a fine-tip glue gun. They take just a few minutes to heat up and are easy peasy to use.

4. Mess Free Tiles

A sleek backsplash can really make a kitchen look extra-special – as can a fully tiled bathroom. Save the mess and the fuss with a tiling kit – choose one with a roll of adhesive that you can cut to size, plus a roll of “tile” mat. Simply measure up, cut to size, then stick on the wall. Far easier to install than real tiles and you don’t have to worry about cleaning the grouting.

5. Countertop Paint

Fed up of your old countertop? Want to change the look of your kitchen without having to fork out for a builder? You’re in luck – countertop paint is now available from a number of DIY stores, allowing you to change the colour and texture of the worktop with a coat of paint.

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DIY Tips: What You Need to Know When Moving Into Your First House

So you’ve just bought your very first house! Congratulations – assuming all goes well, this will be one of the most exciting times of your life! But how do you go about filling your new home with love? How do you go about deciding on a theme, or furniture? How do you budget? Read on for our simple guide to decorating your first house. Take a look at this link for painting materials to help you get started.




  • If you’re moving in with someone else, and living with someone else for the first time, it’s really important that you take into account each other’s tastes. You will have to compromise and there might be some things in the house that you don’t like, but that’s all part and parcel of living with someone else. If you’re living alone, you can go all out with your own tastes – just make sure that you don’t go too over the top as you still want people to feel comfortable when they come to your house!
  • Think about your tastes – what do you like, what do you dislike, which kind of colours, patterns and textures inspire you? When you go to a hotel, what do you like about the decor? If you think it would help, make yourself a mood board and refer back to it when you’re shopping. Include colours, textures and patterns that you like.
  • If you have the space for it, put in a guestroom. If you can’t put in a full guestroom, at least have a guestbed somewhere – either in your home office, or even something like a Z-bed or sofa bed would do the job. Just in case your mum, dad or sister wants to spend the night!
  • If you’re trying to stick to a budget and don’t have anything to start with, concentrate on the essentials. You’ll need things you’ve probably never even thought about – wooden spoons, a colander, a soap dish, plenty of hangers, so make a shopping list and think about all of the things you genuinely need. If you’re unsure about the kind of things you need and you’re moving out of your parent’s house, walk around and take notes of everything in their house that you use every day or every week..
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. After all, it’s your first house, and so you need to make a real impact. Whether you want to go wild with colour or crazy with fabrics, it’s always worth doing something just a little bit different. If you want to be bold, use colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel and if you want to be subtle, go for tonal colours that blend together. Don’t underestimate the impact that a framed poster can have, too – if you’re a fan of The Godfather for example, pop a film poster into a chunky black frame for a chic accessory that says “I’m a grown up” rather than “I’m a student”.

DIY Tips: Teenage Girl’s Bedroom Ideas

In the third part of our series on children’s bedroom ideas, we’re focussing on cool, contemporary schemes that are both practical and stylish – for teenage girls. Whether your daughter is a girly girl at heart or loves sports, follow our guide and you’ll be able to create the perfect haven for her. Just take a look at this link for painting materials to help you on your way.


  • Let her have a say in what goes where and which colours go on the walls – just make sure that you counteract any teen must-haves with plenty of neutral hues, as in the image above with plenty of crisp whites. As their tastes change and develop, the room can be updated fairly quickly and cheaply.
  • A teenage bedroom design should perfectly bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood, so you need to make sure that it has some character and some personality without it being too in your face, which is where the neutral hues come in. Choose one or two bold colours – in the image above, black and pink are the focus, then play around with textures and patterns to create the look.
  • Creating a focal point is really important, as it’s really what the scheme revolves around. Normally, a focal point takes the form of a patterned feature wall which is usually behind the bed, helping to increase the feeling of space and pulling the whole look together. If your daughter’s tastes are liable to change pretty quickly, then you can use things like wall stickers or spots or stripes of paint on the wall to liven things up a bit for very little money. Take colours from a piece that you love, like a fabric or a wallpaper, then use those colours to create the rest of the look. Make things more interesting with lush fabrics and textures, like embroidered cushions and willow baskets.
  • We talk about zoning a lot, but it’s especially important in teenager’s bedrooms, as they need space for things like homework, reading and hanging out with their friends. Make sure that there’s a desk as they’re much more likely to sit down and do their homework if they have a designated, formal space for it. Make sure that their desk can easily be organised and managed, so that they can easily work through their homework, and provide plenty of shelving units and various pots so that they can store all of their bits and bobs like pencils and paper clips.

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DIY Tips: Decorating Ideas for an Older Child’s Bedroom

It’s pretty easy to decorate a nursery – soft textures, pretty pastels and plenty of storage. But how do you decorate a bedroom for a child that’s at that slightly awkward in-between age? Not a “baby” anymore but not yet old enough to fall out with you at the drop of a hat. Here, we share our top tips and decorating ideas for an older child’s bedroom. Take a look at this link for painting materials to help you get the job done.



  • Ask them what their favourite colours are, but use a version of them that is appropriate for your home and for the rest of your decor. For example, if your daughter loves bright neon pink and bubblegum blue, you can compromise with baby pink and pale dove grey – that way, it’ll work with the rest of the house but it’ll also look stylish as they move into their teenage years
  • Add accents and style using soft furnishings, bedding and artwork – these can all be easily updated as their tastes change, which means that all you need to do is rehang a few pictures instead of repainting the whole room
  • Kids at this age love sleepovers, so make sure that you have a pull-out bed, a Z-bed or even just a squishy beanbag or two so that your little one can have their friends over
  • Adjustable shelves are a fantastic idea – fit them when they’re younger and they’ll accomodate large picture books, but then when they get older, you’ll be able to adjust them so that they can fit CDs, DVDs and paperbacks. Use two tiers of hanging rails in the wardrobe to maximise space, and hang a shoe storage rack – it can be used for shoes, but also for folded t-shirts, skirts and tops – perfect if you only have space for a wardrobe and can’t fit in a set of drawers
  • Lighting is really important – overhead lights can be a bit too bright and aren’t the best idea if you’re trying to create a cool and restful space. Putting lamps on either side of the bed will make the room feel wonderfully grown up, but you can keep it young by using lamps activated by clapping or by touching the base. Another option is to add a string of fairy lights wound around the end of a bed or around a mirror – making a super pretty space for a younger girl, or string a net of lights above the bed to create a cosmos of stars for a budding space explorer
  • Wall stickers are a great way to personalise the space in a hurry – they’re more stylish than posters, but they can easily be removed when you or your children’s tastes change

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DIY Tips: Decorating Tips for Girl’s Bedrooms

Girl’s bedrooms don’t have to be filled with fluffy pink cushions and throws. Give your little one the space of her dreams with these fantastic interior design tips – perfect for pepping up her bedroom. Read on to find out how to transform her room and take a look at this link for painting and wall covering supplies to help you get started.


  • Mix and match pretty patterns. In the picture above, polka dots, stripes and florals are all mixed together to create an eclectic, cool look. Choose contrasting colours and then you can simply add to them, or replace them, as and when your little one’s tastes change.
  • Play with colour. Although we often stick to pale pink or lilac hues for a little girl’s room, pale blue or duck egg blue contrasted with pretty shades of cream and pale pink can look beautiful too. Or, you could go all out with shades of pale green or lemon yellow. Any colours with a pastel hue will work brilliantly.
  • If you have two little girl’s who have to share a bedroom, choose a bunk bed to free up floor space for playing. Painted wooden bunk beds that can separate into two beds in the future will work best. It’s also best to buy bunk beds that are full-sized – that way, your little girls can grow into them and you won’t have to fork out for new beds when they’re a little bit older.
  • Although it might be tempting to buy your little one a fairy princess bed, she’ll likely get bored of it within a few years and you’ll have to buy a new one. Instead, invest in timeless, classic pieces that will last for years. Chunky, wooden furniture is usually a good choice – just make sure that you secure the furniture against walls/floors to make sure that your little girl can’t pull it over.
  • Give the room a dreamy feel by stringing child-friendly LED fairy lights up around the headboard, or around a pin board or black board. Provide her with felts or chalks so that she can express herself without making a mess of the walls, too.
  • Go grown up. Pink is the most popular colour for a little girl’s bedroom, but it can be difficult to get it right – too much baby pink and the room will feel sickly sweet. Instead, opt for shades of the palest baby pink, set against crisp white painted furniture. For a grown up look, choose elegant antique-style furniture.
  • If you have two little girls sharing a room, split the room into two distinct zones so that they each have a space of their own. You could decorate each space with a different coordinating patterned wallpaper, or use different yet complementary colours in each zone. Tie the look together by using the same beds and the same furniture in both spaces.
  • Make a dedicated reading or play zone, if space allows. Set up a chair or a few comfy floor pillows next to a bookcase to create a cosy, relaxing spot.

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