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Design tips worth stealing

Keen to update your home but don’t want to bring in an interior designer? We let you in on 9 décor secrets that no designer will tell you but will make your updates truly worth your while.

Go for neutral upholstery

Using a solid colour for upholstery may seem boring but it’s the easiest way to create the illusion of space. A solid sofa is also easier to dress up with colourful cushions and throws that a multi-coloured and printed piece.

Opt for one single accent piece

One attention-grabbing piece is enough in a room. It could be a stunning crystal chandelier, a wacky sofa or a rustic bar, whatever works for you. But any more than one takes away from the potential of the other.

Super-size your art

Forget the worries about the right spacing and gridlines that usually accompany a series of six or nine prints. One large piece of artwork adds more drama and creates greater impact than several smaller pieces.

Let the door work as a mirror

Installing a full-length mirror on the inside of the door — in a bedroom or guest room — gives you the illusion of more space and can even let you do without the conventional dresser.

Use the nooks and corners

What seem like awkward corners can often be a blessing in disguise. A seating built in by a window can give you a reading nook. A floor-to-ceiling corner shelf is the best way to use a dead space while a room with scant storage options will do well with shelves above the lintel — or door — level.

Style every shelf and table

It may not seem like much but styling and placing your artefacts and knick-knacks properly can give your spaces a refined touch. Think of each coffee table and book shelf as a small vignette and style accordingly.

Mix and match dining furniture

Who says a dining table needs six chairs that match? Mix things up to create a personal statement. A bench, banquette or mismatched chairs look unusual and add to your dining room décor.

Create the illusion of more space

Interior designers have a variety of tricks to maximise space. Painting the ceiling a high-gloss colour draws eyes upwards and creates the feel of a taller space. Placing furniture away from the walls often makes the room look larger.

Use curtains in the best possible way

Curtains do more than providing privacy and keeping the sun out. They also alter our perception of space. Try hanging up your curtains high up on the walls and going for full-length drapes for maximum impact. Sheers work better than velvet or other thick materials as they take lesser space. Roman blinds free up more visual space.

DIY when it comes to walls

Paint and wallpaper are all very good when it comes to giving your room a brand new look, but nothing compares to a well-done DIY wall. A stencil, paint and some brushes are all you need to get the job done!

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