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How should I decorate my small room?

If you are at a loss as to how to decorate a small room in your house, read on. I have some simple tips which will help transform your interior space.

In a small room you need to concentrate on furniture placement and decorating.

Lift furniture off the floor to make rooms appear larger

It’s all about keeping good proportions within the room so lift things off the floor and create several heights: floor level; waist level and above your head, for a sense of depth. This is critical to ensure the space looks open and light.

Keep tidy!Clearing clutter always helps to make a room look larger. Make sure everything that is not decorating your room is stored away.

Co-ordinate colours in a small room to open up the space

In kitchens and living rooms use furniture with doors to hide the bits and pieces that do not add to your room’s relaxed feel. 

Think tall. Ensure curtains go to the floor, this draws the eye from the floor all the way to the ceiling and helps make a room taller.

Dress windows with roman blinds or curtains to the floor to add height to a small room

If you have a radiator under a window and don’t want to block heat in the winter use a double rail with curtains to draw and dress curtains to the floor, or opt for a roman blind and floor length curtains.

Less is more! Do not use small accessories or too many – a few larger pieces give balance and make the room volumes look taller and bigger.

Use light. Central lighting can take up too much space and create shadows around the edge of the room. Use up-lighters to create volume above eye level and add side lamps to create mood.

Mirror Mirror on the wall.  Mirrors add visual space and fools the eye into making a room feel light and larger. Place mirrors behind lamps for added reflections. And use reflective surfaces on furniture too – Venetian glass furniture has seen a revival in recent years and is now competitively priced.

Mirrors and good lighting help make a room appear larger

BIG or small furniture?Make sure your furniture doesn’t dwarf your room: think about its scale. One large piece can work well but if you clutter the room you will make it appear smaller. Try to choose pieces that don’t go right to the floor but are on legs or wall mounted to create added space. Allow for different heights in your furniture to work the floor level, waist level and above the head space too.

Use dainty pieces of furniture in small rooms to make the room appear more spacious

I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

Your interior style

It is often the small things in a home that make the biggest impact. One of the things I love to do when working with a client on their home or garden is to discover the history and stories around their furniture and accessories. Everyone has a past and it is this which gives their lives interest. Some people collect pebbles or shells but they never trained as geologists while others collect glass scent bottles yet never wear perfume. These pieces all have a story, and together with the colour of the walls, the textures of the fabrics and the furnishings, bring a room to life.

Create impact on your dining table

A dining table can form the focal point in a room

Although I have a set of rules which I know will work to bring a colour scheme for a house together, I try not to impose my own personal style onto a client, after all they have to live with the rooms I have helped them create long after I have finished decorating and hung the window dressings. That is why I think it is important for a designer to get a full understanding of how a client will use a room and how it can best be decorated to suit their lifestyle. Living with and displaying prized possessions or antiques should be as important to the designer as it is the client.

While it might seem like a nice idea to be able to throw all your furniture and window dressings away every few years and start again, for most of us this is impractical and from an environmental point of view unsustainable. I would much rather work with a few interesting existing pieces and plan a room around them, often recovering or repainting furniture to ensure it fits. I also have a love of mixing contemporary styles and furnishings with antiques. For me this style of decorating allows the interior to reflect its owner’s life and loves.

Nottinghamshire bedroom

A stylish guest bedroom in this Nottinghamshire home

I don’t believe there is a secret to blending different styles within an interior, but you have to do it with confidence. There is no doubting that some of us are better at it than others but if you buy what you like you will invariably find somewhere to put it. We all tend to have one style which we buy into so work out what your style is, then work with the things you like and allow your style to grow from there. If you start by mixing small pieces of furniture and antiques, you can gradually work your way through a room. Try combining a traditional side table with a contemporary lamp and then pull the colour from the lamp into cushions or another accessory. And don’t be afraid of colour: it can dramatically change your home and your mood!

I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home and garden. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

Autumn details

It’s Autumn and time for us all to make some changes before the year end. For me it’s a new hair style! but for the large fabric houses it’s time for the launch of their Autumn /Winter collections.

In the current economic climate, the safest option might seem to be to stay with a safe neutral colour scheme and not rock the boat too much, but the style makers are certainly not taking that route. They’re taking us on a sophisticated journey which is designed to create a long lasting, classic look. Frivolity has been swept away to create a more subtle, mature approach.

Many interiors are about layering, look for eclectic pieces, antiques and contemporary furniture and set the scene within each room: relaxed or formal in the dining room; cosy comfort in the sitting room; country casual in the snug.

If you’re confident, mix modern retro geometrics with clever furniture and add luxurious accessories, lighting and fabrics for a truly glamorous look.

New Autumn winter tones include chocolate and cocoa tones, berry, burnt orange and duck egg. Chocolate and duck egg have been around for some time so will complement existing furnishings. If you fall in love with the burnt oranges, but don’t want a whole room full of them, then accessorise – you can easily change a colour scheme in this way and create a new room without spending too much.

At a time like this quality and attention to detail have never been more important, just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s good, so check the quality of workmanship and look for unusual pieces from British designers to bring your interiors up to the minute.

If you need some help or advice for your home or garden this year then please give me a call – I’m happy to visit you at home and offer advice and support, from a single pair of curtains to the whole house and garden.