Decorate with what you have
Turn the style you have into the style you want. Check out our ideas on how to create a stunning room by making the most of the furniture and accessories you already own.
If you're handy with a sewing machine you can save yourself a bundle by making your own cushions covers, and you will be able to choose from a wide selection of fabrics and colours at your local fabric shop.
To paint any existing furniture: sand down with an Orbital Sander and 120-grit sanding pads to de-gloss the existing surface, and then sand again with 240-grit sanding pads to prepare for painting. On raw surfaces it is best to apply Rust-Oleum Primer Spray before painting, but previously painted or varnished furniture can simply be sprayed with your choice of colour in the Rust-Oleum Painters Touch range in gloss or satin.
Mix it up
Use varying shades of white in your decor to avoid it looking flat. The same applies when you’re painting – generally speaking it’s best to use a matt paint on the walls and a semi-gloss on the trim. When painting, shades of white will make a room appear larger. If you want the room to feel larger still, paint the ceiling and skirtings in a lighter tone of the wall. Don’t believe the myth that children and white interiors don’t mix. Use a washable paint such as Plascon Double Velvet in high traffic areas and removable, washable slipovers on sofas.