Tips for a Quick Make-over

Now that your Christmas clutter has returned to the attic and you have reclaimed that space, you might be thinking it’s time to give your interior a New Year make-over…

We’ve put together some suggestions which are easy and straightforward to carry out but will give maximum impact.

Restyle your Shelves

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We are often asked to help with the finishing touches in a room. Stylishly filled shelves are very important and will set the tone. Surprisingly, asymmetry is the key to maintaining an interesting, eclectic and cohesive look. Use colours that already feature in the room, whether in the soft furnishings or art, and use objects of interest making sure there is a wide variety of shapes, sizes and textures. Mixing objects and books works very well and an effective trick is to place objects on top of books horizontally stacked.

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1. Limited Edition Tamegroute Urn 64 2. Limited Edition Middle Atlas Urn 85 3. Italian Passata Bowl 2

Rehang your Art

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Top - Linda Jamieson - Norfolk Landscape II Bottom - Linda Jamieson - Norfolk Landscape

Generally, a work of art tends to remain in the position in which it was first hung for many years! Try moving your art around - regrouping and rehanging in different locations and rooms. Be adventurous and think outside the box - hang a cluster of smaller work in a large group to create a picture wall or position two large pieces together for maximum impact.

Update your Accessories

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 Limited Edition Suzani Throw No.75

Enhance a tired looking sofa or bed with a colourful embroidered throw such as a Suzani or an Indian Kantha. Replacing your cushions seasonally will keep sofas and chairs fresh and can really liven up an interior.

Rethink your Lighting

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Simply changing the position of the light source can completely alter the feel of a room. Layered lighting is best - combining table or floor lamps, wall lights, picture lights or overhead lights. Table lights are the softest and most pleasing source and they are the perfect way of introducing another interesting shape, colour and texture. Equally a new lampshade, whether plain or printed, can make an enormous difference and liven up an otherwise boring lamp base. Experiment with prints and different textures such as raffia and wicker.

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1. Medina Block Printed Lampshade - Blue 2. Raffia Bound Lampshade - Blue 3. Block Printed Lampshade - Blue

Replace your Rug

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To give your room a real upgrade after the comings and goings of Christmas, invest in a new rug. Whether it’s a luxurious vintage Beni Ourain from the Atlas Mountains or a smart flatweave, a new floor covering will make a vast difference.