Decorating essentials you didn't know you needed

In the words of Albert Hadley, the famous American interior designer and decorator: "a good decorator not only plans and schemes, but he also knows how the job is done." If you don't often pick up the paint brush or the sander to do a bit of DIY home decoration yourself, you might not really know where to start when you want to brighten up a room. Thankfully, when it comes to home décor, there are a few simple basics to start with that will immediately make an impact on any interior.

Decorating essentials you didn't know you needed

Here's our list of essential home decoration items that you simply can't do without.

A lick of paint: walls

Colour plays an integral role in the overall feel of your home décor, so choose your paint palette wisely. If you are dealing with smaller spaces, help them feel larger with a bright, light colour, such as ivory or cream. For those of you who want to take this opportunity to really go to town with your home decoration, pick a rich colour to give any room a dramatic impact.

However, if you aren't quite feeling confident enough to give your walls a bold makeover, there are many other ways in which you can add a splash of colour to a home interior. Consider turning one of the walls into a feature wall, for example, or else hang bright and eye-catching paintings against a crisp white matte wash.

A lick of paint: furnishings

Giving your home décor a new lease of life can be as easy as giving a few pieces of furniture a lick of paint or stain. Sand down old chairs, tables or shelves before giving them a coat or two of a different wood paint or tint to transform worn furnishings into upcycled focal pieces.

Curtains and blinds

Adding fabrics and textures to living areas brings both physical and aesthetic warmth to home interiors. Cosy home décor always relies on layers being worked into the interior design, providing a rich and homely feel. This can be tough to achieve with furniture, as spaces quickly become cluttered, but you can easily create visual textures with curtains or blinds.

Brighten up a room by choosing a bold curtain colour or a unique blind design, but make sure they fit with the rest of your home decoration. Equally, make sure that your chosen style won't block out natural light during the daytime and make the room unnecessarily dark and gloomy.

Secondary lighting

Creating a cosy interior space is as much about the level and quality of the lighting as it is about the furnishings. Rather than relying on a powerful main central light, consider distributing numerous smaller lamps with golden-hued bulbs around each of your rooms. These lamps can equally become decorative additions to the space, so try finding unique designs and sizes and mismatching them for an eclectic feel.

Engel & Völkers is one of the world's leading voices on luxury real estate. From help with buying and selling homes around the world to simple DiY and interior design tips, the Engel & Völkers website offers a valuable resource for those with a love of property.

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