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The Dos And Don’ts Of Interior Design

Style is subjective but that doesn’t mean that the rules of interior design can be thrown out the window. It’s all about balancing out proportions, finding a happy medium for a particular room, and most of all – having fun designing your unique little space. As a general guide, stick to our rules below which will help to create the best room possible.

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DO: Incorporate lots of light

Position couches, tables and shelves around the natural light of the room. If your house is lacking some natural light, extra lamps are always a great idea for any room. Position them in the corner or next to the couch for easy access to an outlet.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Buy small throw pillows

They might seem cute at first, but these pillows actually serve little to no purpose in the long-term. Invest in comfy pillows that will you will actually use! A throw blanket is always a great piece to have lying on the side of the couch.

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DO: Think about your walls

White is always a safe choice, but if you want to step out of the box, try something a little off tangent such as grey. It’s not as risky as a darker colour and will still match the rest of the room and its furniture. Otherwise, a feature wall is always another good option.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Isolate rooms

Instead of blocking off each room (for example the living room and the dining room) make sure they flow. This can be achieved with lamps, rugs and buffet tables.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DO: Invest in curtains and shutters

Especially during the colder months of the year when the sun is basically non-existent. Layer your curtains to give the room the option of letting a bit of sun in.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Match everything

Long are the days when everything needs to match (sofas, tables, dining room chairs). This look can feel a little retro and outdated. Instead of throwing everything out and starting from scratch, keep a few of your favourite pieces and mix them with new ones from the store.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DO: Go thrift shopping

It’s true – older pieces are usually made from better materials and workmanship. Regularly pop into thrift stores which will give you a great offering of unique pieces that are made to last the distance.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

What are some of your do’s and don’ts?

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How To Revamp An Old Attic

Why not convert your attic into a modern part of the home? Just think about all the space the kids will have in their new rumpus room, or that extra bedroom for guests – better yet, a wardrobe for all of your clothes (here’s hoping).

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Here, we show you some of the ways to convert your tired old attic into a busy and useful part of the home.

Bookshelves

Bookshelves are an essential part of the home since they can hold almost anything – books, toys, DVDs, games – you name it! Depending on how deep your shelves are, you could also use some baskets for more discrete storage solutions.

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Drawers

A chest of drawers is another essential part of any room – just think of how much clutter it can neatly store away. Drawer dividers are also a great way to store all of your belongings, so you know exactly where they are at all times.

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Couch

A cute and comfy couch, beanbags and stools are great for any room, especially if your attic is quite small (everyone will be sitting down!). Throw a beautiful faux fur shrug or blanket over the top to make it look more rustic and lived-in.

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Rugs

Depending on your style, you could invest in a stunning rug for the entire attic (trust us, it’ll keep everyone cosy in the winter months). A shaggy rug is ideal for the colder weather, but a Persian rug is better since it doesn’t shed.

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Desk

If you’re turning the old attic into a study, then a desk should be at the very top of your list. Choose one with lots of storage for books, stationery and computer products, which also looks good!

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What are some of your tips to style an old attic?

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5 Vintage Pieces For A Modern Home

Want to give your home a spring refresh without burning a hole in your pocket? Buying vintage is a thrifty way to find yourself a one-of-a-kind piece, without spending a small fortune at the department store. Markets, online bidding and second-hand stores are filled with pieces which give a vintage edge to a modern home, but what should you choose?

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Bar cart

Cocktail or bar carts are absolutely everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram, and for a good reason! Not only are they cheap and cheerful (we once saw one for $25 – what a steal!), but they can also be easily re-vamped to suit the colour scheme of your home.

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French armoire

A classic, French armoire looks just like a wardrobe with a vintage twist. Most of them don’t come with much hanging space, so you can store some of your shirts, towels or manchester in this timeless looking piece. If your armoire is looking a little worse for wear, they’re actually really easy to sand-down, paint, and apply a gloss before looking brand new.

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Armchair

The plush armchair might feel a little dated if you’re working with an entire set, but one piece for the bedroom or living room is perfect for evoking a feel of classic sophistication. If you’re not happy with the fabric (it can often stain easily), get it reupholstered by a professional.

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Wallpaper

It looks like wallpaper is quickly replacing the modern feature wall, and is a great way to spice-up any home. Choose a loud, vibrant colour or print, which will bring some character to the bedroom or living room.

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Credenza

Traditionally used as storage for plates and cutlery, the credenza is perfect as a side feature in a hallway, or alternatively storage for the living room. Most classic styles are made of wood and are glossy, but you can always change that after purchasing.

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Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

Who wouldn’t love to have all their precious jewellery lined up in a neat and tidy drawer?

Most often this isn’t the case (especially if the kids are always going through your things!), but a few essential storage accessories can really help. We share just a few of our favourite ways to store all your jewellery without taking out a second mortgage on the house.

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Compartments

Creating different compartments for your rings, bracelets, and necklaces is the best way to keep everything neat and organised. This way, you will know exactly where all the pieces are located, and it’s also really easy to clean!

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Jars

Store some of those bigger statement necklaces and bracelets in transparent jars on your desk or table. Look around the house for some empty jars, and simply label them on the outside so they’re quick and easy to locate.

Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

Coathanger

Insert little hooks onto the inside of a wooden coat hanger, and display some of your most-worn items. Extremely long necklaces or heavier pieces are best in this type of storage, since they can also be used to design your room!

Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

Thread rack

Transform a standard thread rack into a jewellery stand, and hang on the wall as a statement piece. A cheap and cheerful way to display some of your most precious pieces.

Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

Drawers

Smaller drawers traditional used for ties or scarves can be transformed into the perfect jewellery storage. Neatly arrange each piece over a non-slip piece of felt so each piece can stay in place and won’t get tangled.

Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

Mug trees

Organise some bangles or bracelets on a traditional mug tree which we all have somewhere in the house! It neatly keeps all your jewellery in one place, and can be stored over a dressing table for easy access.

Innovative Jewellery Storage Ideas

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DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial

One of the hottest interior design trends over the last few years is floating shelves. They basically give the illusion of unhinged wall ornaments which fit easily into any part of the house.

Not only are they really easy to install, but most homeware centres come with some type of variation if you don’t want to battle it out by yourself.

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What you need

1 sheet of 1/4 plywood

10 1×2 pine boards

1 inch brad nails (tiny tack nails which don’t require a hammer)

2 inch screws

3 inch screws (for mounting onto the wall)

Wood filler

Sand paper

Paint (your desired colour)

Tools

Measuring tape

Drill with countersink and drill bits

Saw (not essential if your wood is already made to measure)

Hammer

Sander

Paint brushes

Stud finder

Level

Instructions

1. Cut the plywood into 7 3/4 inch strips from the hardware store, or simply just do it yourself at home. We are essentially creating the foundation for each shelf, and want each piece of wood to be level.

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2. Pre-drill the countersink into the frame, then use glue to keep it all together. Work from the inside out, and keep edges flush.

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3. At this stage we’re building the trim, so it’s important to fasten the trim ends to the face.

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4. Tack the plywood to the top and bottom of each shelf, and make sure it fits well into the sleeve. Sometimes you may need to slightly sand it down before it fits in perfectly.

5. Fill all holes with the wood filler for a flawless finish. Then make sure to sand it really well to create an even base.

6. Prime your shelves, then move onto paint once they’re completely dry. This may take up to 2 hours until everything has dried.

7. Look for any beams in your wall, and locate the anchor point in the muddle of each shelf. Keep everything straight by using a level.

8. Once you’ve made at least 6 incisions into the beam, slip the shelf sleeve over the frame. It should fit tightly and without any issues.

Images and tutorial via Young House Love, and Shanty 2 Chic

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