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Laura Cohen, Interiors Specialist

Release Date: October 2008

Improve, Don’t Move

With recent news reports of only one house being sold, per week, per estate agent, the housing market continues to remain stagnant. Now, more than ever before, home-owners are investing in their property and improving their interiors.

Laura Cohen, Interiors Specialist at shares her insider knowledge on simple and cost effective ways to improve your décor, adding value to your property and making the home a sweet one.

1. Impressions. First impressions do count. Ensure the front of your property is looking is best. No flaked paintwork, clear pathways with rubbish and weeds removed, clean windows with pure white net curtains and pristine, mowed front lawns. Hanging baskets, window boxes and ornamental trees either side of your door make a great, welcoming statement.

2. De-clutter. Although we love being surrounded by our treasured possessions and memory trinkets from far-away shores, it’s important to not to fill the home with lots of clutter. Every year, give the house a spring clean and question if the ornament, picture frame or magazine rack is really adding ‘coziness’ to your home.

3. Redecorate. For less than £50 you can give any room a fresh lick of paint and completely change the look with a new shade of colour. Or even giving a room one coat of the same colour paint brightens up the room, gives it a clean, fresh look and gives the impression of a well-kept home. If you’re looking to make a bolder statement, try out patterned wallpaper on one of the walls – it’s great for hiding un-even walls and can completely change the look and feel of a room.

4. Floored. Flooring is often overlooked. Furniture gets moved to cover thread-bear carpets or stained flooring. However, flooring no longer has to be an expensive purchase. With carpets available from just £200 to carpet the average sized room (16msqaured) from, a new carpet is a great investment for any property.

5. Lighting. Light can complete the look of your home – from strong lighting pieces to make a statement in a room, to the soft glow of candles. Choose lighting carefully, don’t make it a rush purchase – consider the ambience of each room before buying lighting. Look in second hand shops to find something original or car boots are great places for unique finds.

6. Re-upholster. Sofas, generally last a long time and shouldn’t show the signs of aging until their very later years. However, if your sofa is looking a little worn, try giving it a makeover and re-upholster. Choose hard-wearing material from any department store and ask friends if they know anyone in the trade who can re-upholster, if not, search google for someone local in your area.

7. Final Touches. Add well-thought-out interior décor touches to your home, giving a home the lived-in, chic appeal. A simple Venetian picture frame, or a piece of art on the wall can make such a difference to any room and complement the colour scheme. Or, add a rug to wooden or plain floors to brighten up, what could be a dull floor space.

Interior décor doesn’t have to be expensive, strip your home back to basics with a fresh, clean interior.


For further information please contact:

Zoe Hallam
Brown Dog Creative
T: 01664 823920

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