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Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Simply by decluttering you can make a small space appear larger. White or very pale neutral colours make an area appear more spacious, the walls appear to recede. Single colour paint schemes increase your perception of space, causing your eye to easily move around the room, lessening your ability to perceive dimension. The use of glossy surfaces will reflect light around a space. Consider a lar...
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Creating a Restful Bedroom

Start by removing all clutter in your bedroom. This will help you feel at ease when you walk in. Set out to create a restful space by keeping electronic devices such as computers,televisions and phones out of the bedroom. Select colours for the room which you find calming and relaxing. Examples could be dark and moody, crisp white or colours from a relaxing place such as the coast. As you...
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A Practical Laundry

Whatever the size, an ideal laundry should be user friendly and efficient. Aim to have separate task-orientated zones for washing, drying, folding and ironing. In a multi-storey home, a laundry shute is a convenient time saver. If laundry space is available, use 2 laundry bags/baskets so white clothing can be separated from coloured clothing when it is thrown out for washing. To save space, h...
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Lighting Ideas for your Home

Consider a feature light in your entrance or stairwell as it will fill the empty space and make a statement. Feature lights also look great over a dining table. Pendant lights look great in the kitchen when hung over the bench. They define the space and importantly provide strong direct lighting for food preparation. Floor lamps provide a strong instant light source and create ambience in dull s...
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Tips for Organising your Wardrobe

Start by having a big clean-out and remove all items that you don’t want or need. Begin by making everything easy to find – group your clothes together (dresses, shirts, skirts, pants etc.), then break them down by colour or sort from dark to light. Keep coat hangers to one style thus reducing clutter and keeping the focus on your clothes. If you have high open-shelving above your h...
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Decorating Ideas for a Teenager’s Bedroom

Teenage girls usually like fresh colours on their walls. Boys, on the other hand, often like black.  As black is very harsh, consider painting the walls in charcoal and use white trims and a white ceiling. Teenagers usually know what’s fashionable and what’s not.  But they usually need help with styling their bedroom. To help with the decorating process, make a mood board containing the tee...
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A Playroom for Children – Decorating Ideas

Children’s toys are brightly coloured so consider painting the walls in warm neutral colours which act as a great backdrop. Kids naturally spend much of their time playing on the floor, therefore, the floor is a big focus of the room. Colourful interactive rugs with race tracks or games such as hopscotch are great fun for kids. Keep the floorplan simple and consider using furniture whic...
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Decorating Ideas for your Baby’s Room

The nursery serves a number of functions, including, sleeping, nappy changing and storage of clothes and toys, just to name a few. The following tips and suggestions may help when the time comes to decorate :  The main piece of furniture in any nursery  is the cot.  A simple style timber cot either stained or painted white, always looks stylish. An efficient area is needed for nappy changing.  ...
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Bathroom Design Ideas

The best bathrooms combine aesthetic appeal and functionality. Use colour to create mood in the bathroom, add texture by introducing different materials. Your choice of flooring should be both waterproof and non-slip.  Avoid hi-gloss tiles and surfaces on the floor. Good storage is essential in the bathroom.  Towels and toiletries need to be within easy reach. Baths take up a lo...
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Kitchen Design Ideas

Every kitchen regardless of style, size or budget should be designed with the main work areas positioned close together. The fridge, sink and oven/cooktop should be located in a triangular design, allowing ease of movement between them. Neutral colours are largely timeless and calming. Dark tones create impact, however, they can be overwhelming in small spaces. Save blocks of colour for fea...
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