Top Tips from Top Decorators

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When you are looking to redesign the interior of your home, there are plenty of things to keep in mind. One of the most important things you should be thinking about is the latest trends for decor. Keeping up to date with the changes in popular taste will ensure that your new design will be right in fashion and will surely add value to your property, not to mention making it fashionable for years to come.

We have spoken with some top decorators in order to find out what their latest hints and tips are for interior design. And don’t worry; we’re not going to keep you in suspense for too long – those tips are right below!

Get Rid of the Clutter before You Start

Most people believe their homes to be a little on the small side – just that tiny bit too small for what they really want to do with the place. If that is the case with you (and statistics say it probably is), then you should try doing a big clear out before you begin any renovations.

Get rid of any excess clutter and move it elsewhere; to the garage or a relative’s place, if possible. Once you’ve done this, organising your home to maximise the space available to you will be much, much easier.

Then after you’ve finished the work you wanted to do, see if there’s anywhere free to put that clutter away – out of sight, out of mind. And if you need new furniture, look for things that can help you out: think ottomans or beds with storage space underneath.

When Painting, Think Light

Right now, light colours are very much en vogue, particularly when they are quite neutral shades, such as pastels and earthen colours.

If you really want to spice things up, you should be considering a statement wall – one wall which is painted in a bolder shade to really add a splash of colour to the room.

And remember: blacks, whites and greys never go out of fashion. So if you’re looking for something with a more lasting appeal, that’s the way to go.

Use Mirrors to Add the Illusion of Space

Although this isn’t a new tip by any means, it is definitely a timeless one, and one that will always come in handy. Again, if you are feeling as though your home is a little more cramped than you’d like, you can do something about it – this time, all you need is a mirror.

Obviously, a mirror will provide you with a nice view, but more than that, it will also help to create the illusion of having more space in a room than is really there. The easiest way of doing this is by placing a large mirror opposite a window. This will make the room seem to almost double in size, while also providing a great deal more natural light. It’s a win-win!

2016’s Hottest Home Trends

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Now that spring is just around your corner it’s time to start thinking about giving your place a makeover and making sure it looks the part for the rest of the year and beyond. It can be hard to keep up with home trends so we’ve put together a list of the things that are hot in the world of homeware in 2016.

Clashing Prints

Why follow the crowd with plain, matching prints in your living room and bedroom when you can make a statement with bold prints? Botanical and jungle prints are big news for the year ahead and the key to achieving effortless style is to go for bold and brash colour clashes. If plant prints don’t match your home’s aesthetic you can always go for a more muted yet equally stylish psychedelic print. You can really make a statement by choosing bold printed wallpaper or keep things a little more subtle by choosing loud prints for fabrics such as cushions and throws.

Heated Hallway Floors

Nothing beats a heated floor in the bathroom to make those warm soaks especially cosy in the winter, but heated hallway floors are also a big deal and are set to become a huge trend in 2016. And what could be better than coming home to instant toasty feet on a cold winter’s night? With the UK’s track record for summer temperatures, you’ll probably get use from it all year round.

Black Stainless Steel

We’re so over pastels – this year it’s all about black stainless steel appliances to complement chic white storage units. Guaranteed to make your kitchen look like it’s stepped straight out of a glossy home magazine.

Statement Mirrors

It’s easy to overlook something as basic as mirrors, but there’s so much more you can do than put up a dull rectangular one. In spaces such as your bathroom where it’s difficult to inject something a little different without ripping out your entire suite, a bold mirror on the wall can really make an impact. Functional and attractive!


Long the focal point of living rooms, the fireplace trend is going nowhere fast and is especially big news in 2016. So instead of using yours to balance your TV or as storage for those things that you can never quite find a home for, let yours take pride of place in your living room. It doesn’t even need to be a functioning fireplace to take centre stage. Try arranging a candle display in yours or even converting it into a trendy bookshelf.

70s Throwback

Trends come and go, but one that looks set to be making a big comeback this year is the 70s trend. We’ve already seen it in fashion with flares and bell-sleeves hitting the catwalk, and it’s definitely not stopping there. Of course the 70s have a bit of a reputation for being a little gaudy, but by injecting subtle hints your place will look stylish and not dated. Geometric prints are a great way to do this and can be added with anything from simple items such as cushions and bedding to light fixtures and even floor tiles.

How to Increase the Value of Your Home: Part 1

So we’re doing a couple of multi-part guides, but these are all pretty important pieces, especially with spring right around the corner (we hope!), as it means that the housing market is going to get a little bit of a boost – which means that if you’re trying to sell, unless your house is already super duper fabulous, you might want to stick your neck out amongst the rest of the houses in your neighbourhood and increase the value of your home, whilst you’re at it. Read on to find out what you need to do in part one of our guide.

Upgrade the Kitchen


Most design experts will agree that the kitchen, and the bathroom/s are where you want to spend your money. If they’re not up to scratch, the people viewing your house will walk in and think, “Oh crikey, I’ve got to spend £5,000/£10,000/£15,000 on renovating the kitchen, ripping out the bathrooms”. Now, that doesn’t mean that you’ve got to drop that amount of money on your kitchen, especially if you’re moving, but a couple of hundred quid can go a hugely long way in making your kitchen look a million times better, making your home easier to sell. If it’s a shabby wooden kitchen, for example, lay down some sheets on the floor, empty the cupboards, masking tape the worktops, clean the doors and then paint them. Viola! Instant update. Add new handles (about £8 each). give your worktops a good old clean (or replace them with laminate, if you have the budget – around £400 for a really good laminate in an average kitchen) and paint the walls. Move around your paintings or spend £20 in the supermarket on new canvasses and accessories and you’ll notice a huge difference. Honestly. A huge difference.

If you’re just upgrading the kitchen for you, consider adding granite/marble countertops, switching white goods for stainless steel kitchen appliances, or knock down a wall so that you can expand your kitchen and turn it into a kitchen/diner or add an island.

Upgrade Your Bathroom

Next up, your bathroom. If you’ve already got a white suite, then you’re already doing pretty well. It’s just the little finishing touches that you might need to change – things like the taps, the sealant around the bath and the grouting around the tiles. Taps can be cheap as chips, even for really nice ones – although you might need a plumber to help you fit them, and they update a bathroom instantly. Some new tiles can also make a huge difference, and if you buy click laminate tiles – in other words, tiles that you don’t really have to “lay” – that you can just click together. Regrouting will stop the bathroom from looking a bit rough and ready and then you can again re-paint, add some new towels, and spend £20 on some canvasses and some accessories and the place’ll look spick and span. A good vinyl floor’ll finish it off beautifully.

The thing to remember with all of this is that each job – even if you’re doing it for only a few hundred or a few thousand pounds – you need to do it right. Rough, scabby edges, unfinished lines, paintmarks in the wrong places, scuffs on the walls, etc etc – it’ll all look a bit cheap. So even if you’re doing it on the cheap – it shouldn’t look cheap. Keep that in the back of your head and the end result will be perfect.

Source: Real Simple