10 Decorating secrets revealed

Want to turn your home into a designer showcase? We reveal ten decorating secrets which will help you achieve the beautiful home you deserve.

Don't Design with Clichés

Timeless design is restrained, balanced, and doesn't give in to the obvious. With that said, if you live in a coastal area you shouldn’t decorate your house with seashells on the walls or leaping dolphins everywhere. If you do that you are no longer living in a house but a theme park. Incorporate your environment with colours or shapes.

Don't Be Afraid to Mix Design Styles

Mixing humble materials with more luxurious ones is a contemporary approach to great design. Try mixing chairs covered in a stonewashed material with a wooden table for example.

Do Hang Artwork Together

Grouping framed pieces together makes a strong, lasting impression. Hang pieces together to create a larger piece. Remember the rule of three: always hang them in groups of three, six etc.

Do Skimp Where You Can

Want to redecorate a room for less? Balloon shades are a smart alternative to traditional long curtains. It will not only save you money but it will create an interesting visual appeal.

Don't Divide a Small Space

Just like a short person should try and match their tops with their pants to create a longer silhouette, you should try and match fabrics in a small room so it appears bigger than it is.

Do Consider a Monochromatic Palette

Want to create a serene space? Try using quiet neutrals, Try and match your sofas or larger pieces of furniture with the walls and then add white in the accessories. This will prevent the room from looking bland while keeping the mood peaceful.

Do Incorporate Side Tables

Intimate spaces make for a warmer, happier home. The key to getting one right? Make sure that every chair or sofa has an accompanying side table. When you walk into a room and you see a little table or a stool pulled up to a chair, you immediately imagine curling up with a cup of coffee or a drink.

Don't Hide Your TV

Have a sleek flatscreen television? Put it on display. This will ensure that your house doesn’t feel like a show house but that people actually live and relax in the space.

Do Understand that Mixing Patterns Takes Practice

Making busy prints work together isn't effortless, so go easy on yourself if you don't get it right on your first try. Pull out swatches, try things out and trust your eye. If it still not working consider asking a professional.  

Do Make a Small Space Work for You

If your dream house has a tiny kitchen for example don’t let this deter you. Extend cabinets all the way to the ceiling, add glass fronts so things are easy to spot and instead of doing lower cabinets do deep drawers.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 20 Jun 2018
      Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates currently experienced in residential property values.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      The average size of bond granted in SA has grown 7,7% in the past 12 months to R934 000, according to BetterBond, the country’s biggest bond originator.
    • 19 Jun 2018
      In the current market, letting out a property can be a good option as rental demand remains strong, especially in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. This is according to Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop. However he says that before homeowners let their property out, there are five key points they should make sure are covered before they market the property for rent and sign any lease agreements.
    • 19 Jun 2018
      The Capetonian dream is to live by the ocean with the iconic mountain making an appearance somewhere in the horizon. But, that dream comes with a hefty price tag that many simply cannot afford. But, should you venture some kilometres out of the city centre, entirely new realms of beachside bliss await you …
    • 19 Jun 2018
      Douw Steyn, one of the richest men in the country, recently allowed a rare glimpse into his Fourways Palazzo when it was featured on the SABC lifestyle programme Top Billing - and it is beyond your wildest dreams!
    • 18 Jun 2018
      Many home sellers are motivated to appoint estate agents because they know that the agency will carry the costs of advertising and marketing their property.
    • 18 Jun 2018
      When a property is sold when it has a tenant in occupation, the questions often raised are: “What happens to the tenant if the landlord sells the property?”, and what rights the tenant will have with regards to cancelling the lease or enforcing it, says Sunell Afrika, rentals manager for
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us