1. Layered colours Evoke a mood of mystery and contemplation with layered colours and diffused shades.

A new lick of paint and some scatter cushions will do the trick.

1970s geometric shapes are making a comeback, particularly in fabric prints on curtains, rugs, scatter cushions and lampshades.

To make sure your lamp looks balanced, use the circumference of the rim of the shade and the base as your guide. The lampshade rim should be equal to or just slightly bigger than the base.

  1. Pretty plants

Breathe life into your bedroom by introducing a low-maintenance houseplant. Orchid species are popular and their shapes are so graceful and delicate that they add an instant air of sophistication.

Top tip

More plants die from too much water than too little. Make sure there’s a drip tray or dish under the pot to protect furniture and floors from damage, but don’t let your houseplant stand in water for longer than an hour.

  1. Paint-on stripes

Why settle for a plain wall? Striped paint effects are easy to do and create a striking effect.

  1. Plenty of pictures

Pictures complete a room and declare to everyone that ‘this is home’. Just as important as the picture, is the frame you choose. You can have everything uniform and perfectly matched or opt for a variety of frames.

If you’re tired of old frames or they don’t go with a new colour scheme, you can repaint them.

  1. Change your tone

Liven up with a few choice accessories. A green and white colour scheme is fresh, easy and affordable to replicate.

Shades of grey and darker neutral tones are surpassing muted neutrals and beige palettes. Look at colours such as Plascon’s new Tribeca Corner (EC 48) or Dulux Abbey Lane or Grecian Grey.

Choose a suede paint for a luxurious finish. Accessorise with throws and scatter cushions, then accentuate the mood with subtle lighting.

You can’t go wrong with simple whites which have many nuances and tones. When the monochrome gets boring, it’s affordable to accessorise with cushions, a new carpet, curtains and a throw in next season’s colours.

  1. A fabulous floor

A new floor transforms a room. Laminated wood looks stylish and natural. Trends you may love include grey tones, matte finishes and a bamboo look.

  1. Green is gorgeous

Layer your shades from deep hues such as Plascon Jungle Adventure, to lighter shades like Lime Soda from Evolve.

  1. Colour is beautiful

Colour is the least expensive way to decorate and can change the entire look and feel of a room. A small room needn’t be a big challenge. A bold colour on one or two walls will make an impression, for the cost of just a few litres of paint.

Article courtesy of www.builders.co.za.

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