Flick through the pages of any magazine these days our scroll through the popular Pintrest app and you’re likely to see endless images of chic properties with timeless decor. For those
of us are blessed to be with the colour match and accessorise effortlessly this
is entirely attainable vision. However for the rest of us who are a little more
challenged in the decorating department it can be tough to know where to
start. Read our basic guide to decorating and
we’ll provide you with some helpful guidelines that should help turn
your home into a real page-turner. So start scheming: So you have decided to revamp a room and you’re excited and you just want to get the paintbrushes out but hold on. You need to take a moment and think about what you really want. Taking a
moment or two to plan will help ensure that the effort you’re going to put in is really worth it and having an overall concept will hold all of the interior
elements together. Ask yourself what you like and what you dislike about the room currently and how you want the room to feel. Cool or trendy, warm or welcoming
these simple questions will help you focus on how you’d like the end result
to be and using apps such as Pinterest and Instagram will help you decide on the overall concepts. Creating a mood board for the room will help you streamline
your ideas and it will serve as a reference throughout the entire decorating process. So stay neutral. It may seem a safe and unimaginative option but neutrals are timeless when it comes to decorating. When you have a
neutral palette to work with you can layer colors and textures on top of the
basic color scheme in order to achieve your desired look. With new trends
popping up seemingly every other day having a neutral colour scheme allows you to easily change the feel of your room simply by updating accessories and soft
furnishings for example. You can also add a vibrant burst of colour to lift your
room when using a more neutral scheme with distinct pieces such as side tables
and upholstery offering some interest in your colour palette. So softly softly:
Soft furnishings can put a Vava voom into
your room. Having strong accent pieces such as well-coordinated soft
furnishings , such as curtains, throws pillows and rugs create a more coherent and cohesive atmosphere in the room. Rotating soft furnishings you have in the room
seasonally works well. To make the room feel up to date and contemporary. For example use a blue rug and bursts of yellow during the winter months and glittery cushions
for a festive period. These busts of colours and print will have the desired outcome for a tasteful and chic room. So simplify, don’t be scared to
leave spaces empty in your room the fear of empty spaces is evident in so much
of today’s culture with the tendency to want to display all of your nick nacks throughout the home. When you’ve gone to all the effort to stylishly
decorate your room don’t ruin all the hard work by adding too many objects. Instead let the decorating do the talking for you. If you want to
display some of your own items then group them into using the rule of thirds, group three objects together in a display rather than two and grouping objects which vary in heights, shapes and textures that are related to one another are the most effective for displays. For example grouping three
candles, not four candles, fork handles lol which are different heights of the same
colour. When renovating a room it’s easy to feel overwhelmed which is frequently the
way we shy away from decorating. However we would recommend taking your time
planning your renovations carefully with a budget and enjoy the process. Updating
your home will add value to your property after all as well as giving a
beautiful home to relax in after a tough day at work . Until next time I’m
Jim Parker for Fife Properties TV

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