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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.

Painted Rugs on Floorboards

from improvisedlife.com

  At a barbecue recently I was asked about painting the floorboards in a hall where the planks continued into the sitting room. We decided that this might be tricky as it would necessitate painting a straight line across the boards to create an artificial ending point. And then I remembered an idea I had…

Can I Use Wallpaper In My Bathroom?

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Sam contacted mad about the house to ask about wallpapering her bathroom. But she didn’t want just any old wallpaper… Q: What do you think about maybe using the Brooklyn tile wallpaper for our main bathroom ceiling? At £219 a pop it feels a bit risky. Is it true that using some kinda varnish over the…

Customise Your Ikea Kitchen

custom made grey doors for an ikea kitchen from superfront

We’re all familiar with the concept of the Ikea hack, a design phenomenon that is even supported by the store itself, but until now it has been mainly about DIY versions. I know people who have repainted their doors, or even had new ones made and spray painted. I bought the cupboards but sourced my…

I Need A New, And Affordable, Kitchen

rustic kitchen by paul massey

Zoe contacted Mad About The House to ask for help with choosing a new kitchen that wouldn’t cost the earth: Q: We are trying to refurbish the house and I am desperately in need of some advice and inspiration. We are in need of a new kitchen and, having done the rounds, are staggered by…

Choosing The Right Shade Of Grey Paint

cornforth white walls, grey sitting room, white woodwork

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

victorian-style fittings in a cottage room from homeklondike.com

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?

from housetohome.co.uk

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…