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How to plan your home renovation project (Part 2)

In part 2 of this feature Amanda Hanley explains how to furnish your new renovation project and inject character and individuality into your refurbished home
Have fun with flowers. Armfuls of foliage are inexpensive but add impact and silk flowers are a fantastic way to have a stunning display on show all year round.

"Don’t be afraid of a bit of bad taste."

Furniture

Good quality furniture is worth the investment. If you are buying new furniture, sit in it for a while and make sure it has the comfort and support you require. Often less is more when it comes to the amount of furniture you should use. It is important to plan the layout of the room and the furniture in it:

Always check the scale of the seating when choosing furniture.

Even a rough sketch, with the relative sizes and heights of the chairs and sofas, can save costly and ugly errors.

Think big in small spaces.

Be lavish with generous sized furniture and accessories. Don’t be afraid to be bold.

Always check the scale of the seating when choosing furniture.

Good dining chairs are essential.

They should be comfortable and easy to manoeuvre.

Finishing touches

Don’t be afraid of a bit of ‘bad taste’. Many rooms are strangled by trying to be too tasteful for their own good. Be bold, buy what you love and do not worry about what people think.

Objects on the coffee tables/consoles should be tactile, they should encourage people to touch them rather than being in fear of breaking them. Use wood, metal, or clay.

I particularly like to add collections of decorative pieces to a completed room. This can of course be highly diverse and quietly says something about the owner of the house.

Art, property displayed, can hold a room together and is a very personal expression of your taste. Very often artwork can form the inspiration for a room.

Have fun with flowers. Armfuls of foliage are inexpensive but add impact and silk flowers are a fantastic way to have a stunning display on show all year round.

Adding fragrance can have a huge effect on how you feel in a room, even as much as wallpaper and furniture, so have a browse of the beautifully scented candles and diffusers on offer and choose something that makes you feel wonderful.

- Amanda Hanley

 

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