Expert decorating tips from Anna Casson, from the Design and Decorating Academy at Homebase
- Painting an entire room can be daunting and the costs can mount up, so why not try updating a space with small flashes of colour. By painting a selection of photo frames in the same colour you can create a pretty wall feature, or why not try painting around the bottom of terracotta plant pots for a vibrant window sill display. Tester pots can be a fantastic buy for this type of ‘small change’ project.
- When a treasured piece of furniture has seen better days, paint can also be used to give a piece of a new lease of life. You don’t need to paint the whole item - painting sections can be just as effective, such as the legs of a table, spindles of a chair, or the handles on a chest of drawers. I recently gave an antique chest of drawers a burst of energy by lining the inside with bright yellow paper.
- Add a sense of depth and space to a room by painting your skirting boards the same colour as the wall. It’s a great way to use up leftover paint you already have, and makes walls appear longer and ceilings higher
- One of my favourite low cost design trends of the moment is for updating doorknobs and handles - it’s such a simple change but it transforms the look of your doors which can have a huge impact on a space. When looking for the right doorknob, a good place to start is to pick out accents of colours in the room and stick to this theme. In my home, I have used antique brass doorknobs in different polishes, as they add a vintage feel and complement my existing colour scheme.
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