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1morestepalongtheworldigo Fri 16-Sep-11 11:44:40

For some reason my flat is drab and boring. I need ideas, colours, things I can make to pretty it up a bit!! Everything is boring magnolia. 2 bedrooms- 1 kids room DS, DD and DSD on weekends. Bathroom, kitchen, living room. I don't even know where to start overhauling it and figured u crafty creative loverly people may have some ideas!!

SenoritaViva Fri 16-Sep-11 13:05:31

What kind of furniture do you have? Have you got a 'look' that you like? Is it yours or rented? What colours do you like?

Give a bit more info and I might have some suggestions.

(I rent and all our walls are Magnolia but (some!) of our rooms are really great so it can be done).

SenoritaViva Fri 16-Sep-11 13:06:41

By the way if you don't know where to start, pick a room. If you're feeling nervous go for something simple like a bathroom or if you want more impact go in big guns and choose the room you use the most.

1morestepalongtheworldigo Fri 16-Sep-11 13:31:31

Rented. I like a mixture of stuff really and out furniture is all basic really!! Mixture of woods and plastic!! I can paint though as it's council blush

SenoritaViva Fri 16-Sep-11 14:33:24

Do you like bright colours or pastels? A cottage look or something more modern? Are you a minimalist? etc. If you have no idea and just like a mish mash see if you can get hold of a bunch of magazines, they can be really old etc. and cut out pictures of 'things you like', colours, furniture etc. Then try and make a mood board - stick things that seem to go, colours, furniture etc. together and see if that type of theme might fit into one of your rooms. You can always change the feeling of some furniture by adding some stencilling etc. You can decoupage some old shoe boxes/storage with paper you like (wrapping paper can be quite good) and use them as fun storage boxes). Go to your local library and get out some interior design books, even if you don't read them look through them and start deciding what you like and what you don't and then think about what it is you like and what it is you don't. Once you are a bit clearer about your own sense of taste and style then you'll have a better idea of what you might want.

Photos can make somewhere feel really homely and be interesting. You can make a wall of mixed photo frames along one wall with friends and family etc. Making the photo frames all different styles is good as you can do it slowly and therefore budget for it.

Other small things that can brighten up a room: cushions (on a sofa or bed), wall stickers, placemats, a plant, some candles (even if not lit!)

You would be surprised how one or two items can bring a room together. Choose a colour to run through the room and have little bits of it - it doesn't mean that everything matches but does create a theme. You don't have to paint the walls to make them interesting and it can be pricey, also if you move you don't get to take it with you...

Do you have a budget?

SenoritaViva Fri 16-Sep-11 14:34:34

PS don't make the mistake of over cluttering because you think it is now 'dull'. Just a few of the right things will make the difference, if you just fill the place to make it more interesting it will look messy... (unless that is your style and you're really good at it!)

CaptainNancy Fri 16-Sep-11 14:39:41

Being able to paint is a huge bonus!

What styles do you like? Is it possible to find a few pictures of interiors that you already like? (loads on the internet- pinterest might be a good starting point.

1morestepalongtheworldigo Fri 16-Sep-11 14:52:37

The budget is hardly anything lol hoping i can think of what I want for each room and work in stages!! The kids room baffles me as it can't be pink or blue!

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