Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Tips and Clever Ideas from the Expert

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top Tips and Clever Ideas from the Expert

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CLARE'S new book shares her tips for transforming your property: Renovate and revive MAKEOVERS don't have to be confined to TV programmes and DIY experts. An old piece of furniture can be given a facelift easily. It's really quite astonishing just what a difference paint can make," says Clare. "An old-fashioned piece of brown furniture that you wouldn't look twice at can be elevated to perfectly chic with a couple of coats of solid colour."

You can paint almost anything you love the shape of - the surface finish and colour won't matter. Simply apply a specialist primer to suit it, whether plastic, metal or wood.

Colour me beautiful "COLOUR has a huge impact on the mood of a home," says Clare. "It's a powerful tool and has the ability to make your heart sing or sink, so repainting a few walls could be just the boost your home and wellbeing needs."

In a small home, she advises using a palette of tonal colours, which are only slightly darker or lighter than each other, to make the space feel bigger.

When you're choosing the background colour for a room, usually the wall paint, consider the amount of light a room gets.

"If bright light's the problem, opt for deeper, cooler colours such as blues and greens," advises Claire. "If you lack natural light, embrace it and create a den-like space using moody colours, or maximise the light by painting with light neutrals and using reflective finishes."

Kill the clutter DEJUNKING and decluttering can be painful, says Claire, but as well as giving you space, it will also allow your decorative items to star and earn their place in the home. "Your mantra should be 'use it, love it, or lose it'," she says. "If you really can't bear to part with something and you've got enough storage space, consider having winter and summer looks.

Just pack things away and bring them back into use when the season changes. …

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