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My Top Ten Interior Design Tips #7

21st December 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

dotty carpet by alternative flooring image by houseoflocations.com

dotty carpet by alternative flooring image by houseoflocations.com

It’s vitally important to bring some fun into your home. A little bit of wit goes a long way and I’m a firm believer in doing something out of the ordinary that is just for you. I adore this spotty stair runner that I have in my hall. It’s the first thing you see when you come into the house and it cheers me up every time. Stripes is boring, spots is more fun.

At the top of the stairs is the bookshelf wallpaper by Young & Battagia. You can’t tell in this picture but we added skirting board to the bottom of the flat fire door and papered the door and the wall around it to create this trompe l’oeil effect. You can see the light strip where the door opens if you look carefully. That’s always a great trick if someone is standing in the hall and suddenly that door opens. It’s amazing how many people think it’s either a bookshelf (out of the corner of their eye) or just a wall of wallpaper. First time visitors never think it’s a door.

That’s what I’m talking about. Do something unexpected. Have fun. Don’t be afraid to do it because you’re afraid you’ll go off it. That way lies magnolia walls and neutral carpets. And the long slow death of your soul.

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  • Stella 21st December 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Love the wallpaper trick! A bit of the unexpected goes a long way.
    Have to disagree on the “stripes is boring”. There are stripes and there are stripes…
    I have a Roger Oates runner up our stairs in Chatham multi which is glorious and completely lifts our rather dark hall. Everyone comments on it.

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  • Jo 21st December 2015 at 6:30 pm

    That wallpaper is gorgeous! I thought it was a real bookshelf for a second.

  • Jenny 21st December 2015 at 12:38 pm

    And the slow death of your soul. Mwahaha! So true.

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