Your House

This category includes some of the most common decorating queries I have been asked over the years. I have now set up a separate business called MAD ABOUT YOUR HOUSE where I can help on a more professional level with house styling and product sourcing. If you would like to get in touch then please click the pink house in the right side bar (under About Me) to find out more.

Choosing The Right Shade Of Grey Paint

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It is the most fashionable paint colour of the moment and, if my blog analysis is to be believed, the most commonly researched shade on the colour wheel. But grey can be hard to get right and does need a bit of careful planning as our cool Northern light can make some grey tones too icy…

Buyer’s Guide To Carpet

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A few of you have been asking about carpet recently, so I thought it was time to take the plunge and investigate what’s out there so you don’t have to. Carpet has suffered from a rather poor image in recent years but it’s coming back into favour now. After all it’s warm, natural and soft…

Should I Have Polished Concrete Floors?

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Sam contacted Mad About The House to ask about concrete flooring. Q: What do you think about polished concrete flooring? I am struggling with a funky idea for my (small) kitchen floor and was interested to know if concrete is something you had come across – it sounds like it could be an inexpensive option…

Inspiration For A Victorian-Style Bathroom

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Gill contacted mad about the house to ask for inspiration with choosing a victorian-style bathroom. Q: The room is large and can take colours although I would ideally like to have light tiles on the walls in a brick style. A: The bathroom as we know it now didn’t really come into being until the 1880s…

Should I Have A Black And White Bathroom?

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Elizabeth contacted Mad About The House to ask for advice on going monochrome in her bathroom. Q: I am about to move into my new house and it needs everything doing. We are thinking about the bathroom first and I have ordered a traditional Victorian suite with gold fittings! But now I have to choose…

Should I Have Curtains On My Folding Sliding Doors?

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Donna contacted Mad About The House to ask about a giant set of curtains for her new doors. Q: My predicament – we’re in full flow of having a double storey extension built. The lounge will have 5m of bifold doors with a dark grey aluminium frame leading out to the garden, these are something I’ve…

How Do I Coordinate Patterned Wallpaper And Paint?

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Anita contacted MadAboutTheHouse to ask for help with choosing paint to co-ordinate with her wallpaper. Q: We have chosen Harlequin Camille Delphine Collection pattern number 110125 for two of the walls in our two daughters’ playroom. I love the bright colours and the stripes but can’t decide how to paint the other two walls. I…

My Daughter Wants Her Room Painted Grey

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Emma contacted MadAboutTheHouse to ask about paint colours for her teenage daughter’s bedroom.Q: My daughter would like her bedroom  painted grey and white. It’s a bright, south-facing room with a black cast iron fireplace, with alcoves either side, and oak floors. One of the alcoves will have a white wardrobe in it. I think we…

Help Me Choose A Stair Carpet

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Deborah contacted MadAboutTheHouse to ask with help in choosing a new stair carpet. Q: We moved into our house nearly three years ago but with three small children, decoration was the last thing on our minds. Now that our youngest is nearly four, we are starting to think about replacing and renewing. I want to…

Which Wallpaper Shall I Buy?

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Emma contacted MadAboutTheHouse to ask about choosing wallpaper. Q: We are looking for some wallpaper for behind the bed in the master bedroom. The walls, floorboards and bedspread are white, and there are accents of canary yellow in the room (bedside tables, photo frames). The vanity unit is black, and the velvet headboard is grey. So…