Home decor and interior design can be baffling to some so here are some useful hints and tips as well as some money saving ideas.
*ÃÂ When buying curtains or decorating materials take a cushion from the sofa shopping with you to ensure you get the right colour.
*ÃÂ Use string covered with chalk to mark straight lines on walls for shelves, wallpaper etc.
*ÃÂ When planning a child’s room get down to their level to see if from a childs’ perspective.ÃÂ This will prevent placing hooks etc. too high for them to reach.
*ÃÂ Never get a tall person to hang pictures for you as this will result in them being fitted too high.
*ÃÂ To make fittings such as radiators less obtrusive paint them in the same colour as the wall.
*ÃÂ Create a mantle shelf by using two decorative brackets and a plank of wood.
*ÃÂ Fabric paints can give old pieces of furniture a new look.
*ÃÂ Inexpensive plastic garden urns can be painted and decorated for use as indoor flower planters.
* ÃÂ Try using the same colour paint on walls, woodwork, skirting and ceilings for an “all over” look.
*ÃÂ Colours – in a dark room go for bright not light.
*ÃÂ Mix wall paint with clear varnish to use on woodwork.
*ÃÂ Eggshell finish paint on woodwork does not show imperfections like gloss paint does.
*ÃÂ Use car spray paint to revitalise light fittings.
*ÃÂ To cut costs, use wallpaper on the top half of the walls then a border with a bold paint colour on the bottom half of the walls.
*ÃÂ When painting corridors remember dark colours will shorten.
*ÃÂ Music, newspaper or brown paper make a change to wallpaper.
*ÃÂ To see how much room a piece of furniture will take up before buying, take a piece of newspaper and a tape measure and make a template the same size as the item in question.ÃÂ Place paper on floor to give some idea as to the amount of space needed.
*ÃÂ To save on costly trimming when finishing off a table cloth.ÃÂ Cover table with a larger untrimmed cloth.ÃÂ Put a decorative trim around the edge of a smaller cloth which is then placed over the top.
*ÃÂ Hang decorative baskets from hooks to provide extra storage.
*ÃÂ To liven up kitchen cupboard doors just change the knobs and handles.ÃÂ Old cutlery can be bent and wired to the doors as handles.
*ÃÂ To get more light into a room, replace the top of the door with glass.
*ÃÂ Clever use of mirrors can give the illusion of more space.
*ÃÂ Colourful sheeting fitted to broom handles make cheap and cheerful cafe style curtains.
*ÃÂ Plain fabric trimmed with fringing make expensive looking curtains for doors or stairs.
*ÃÂ Make an unusual and cheap shower curtain by using bubble wrap fitted on key rings.
*ÃÂ Blankets and pieces of material can be made into attractive and unusual curtains without sewing by using special clips which can be purchased in most good haberdashery shops.