1 | start with the ‘big ticket’ items that are your must haves or need to incorporate > eg: kitchen choices : bathrooms: ﬂooring. These form the base or springboard for your decorating decisions and are key to the look you will create so must be integrated into your colour and fabric selections
2| ﬂooring – there are so many more options than carpet that should be considered at the outset of any design, for example, hard ﬂooring – like laminate | engineered wood or tile is hard-wearing and can give a sleeker more contemporary ﬁnish particularly in living space
The use of one type of ﬂooring throughout is a great way to achieve continuity and really opens up a whole house so it ﬂows and works from room to room easily
3| lighting | again an overlooked element that can if considered early can transform the look and more importantly the ‘feel’ of a room.
Consider lighting corners with single spotlights for example to dispel shadow and create cosy pools of light rather than brash overhead lighting – similarly in bedrooms it looks good to have pendant lighting over each bedside position which gives a room an upmarket feel as well as being a really practical solution leaving bedside surfaces clear and creating optimum reading lighting.
4 | softs – soft furnishings or the use of fabric for drapes or throws or even simple cushions can add vital injections of colour and texture to your room
They also provide a ‘quick ﬁx’ if you are looking to update or change the colour palette of your room giving an inexpensive ‘lift’ to a tired room.
5 | storage – don’t underestimate this a key element of your scheme – the ability to be able to have all your necessary and cherished possessions neatly stored but out of sight means the room is free’ ed up to be what it should be – a tranquil bedroom or relaxing living space.< back