Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Keep It Real When Decorating; Top Tips to Creating a Space You Can Live With

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Keep It Real When Decorating; Top Tips to Creating a Space You Can Live With

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Byline: Michael Gee Michael.Gee@dailymercury.com.au

YOU sit and watch the DIY shows and the reality building series and interior decorating looks easy - a clearly defined colour palette, a scattering of cushions, some well-placed throws, and perhaps a picture or eclectic feature piece.

But in reality (where the cameras do not live, and there are no design gurus on set to offer their guidance) it is more likely to be wrong - but it is possible to go from wrong to right by following a few basic rules.

For many of us, our furniture and decor consist of the inherited, the found or the spur-of-the- moment sale items that don't go with anything or reflect the vision we may have for the finished home. So what can we do to ensure our decorating is as much of a success as it is in the shows?

There are a few crucial must-dos you need to start off with. Firstly, view your house as a whole; the physical space you have to fill will dictate a lot.

Next is to visualise what you want from the space and in a single word define the feeling you want to evoke in each room (examples of this might be 'relaxation' in the bedroom, 'creativity' in the study, or 'tranquillity' in the bathroom) and concentrate your palette, style and direction in decorating toward achieving this single word.

To get better results in your simple single word decorating style there are a few additional decorating pitfalls which you may want to avoid:

Mimicry: Everyone has at some time picked up a magazine or seen a show where they have fallen in love with a room and decided it is the perfect fit for their dream home and they will replicate it and design the house around it. The problem with this is that what might look fantastic on screen or paper may not translate practically, or look the same in real life.

There's definitely something to be said for taking a few key pieces or ideas directly from a program or page of a catalogue or magazine, but it is crucial to bear in mind that this is your space and your home. The lighting can not be photo shopped and the corners can't be cropped - you live there, it isn't a showroom. …

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