By MH Staff - Posted on 3rd December 2013
Aidan Bennetts on how to make your place a space she’d like to go back to
- Start with basic elements
- Choose a colour palette
- Get personal
- Keep furniture simple
- Select a statement piece
- Think about the space
- Use mirrors
- Go for glass
- Rugs warm a space
- Books show off
- Add green stuff
- Toolbox essentials
- Use the right tool for the right job
- When laying floors
- Look east
- Hide cables
Floor, walls, furniture and accessories. In that order.
Masculine colours are sophistacted and pared down. Operate in charcoals, greys and whites and add your favourite accent colour in bursts. Lighter colours reflect light and make a space look bigger. Darker colours are warmer.
You should have little clues about your personality throughout. Items that you feel comfortable with and enjoy.
Every item should be useful – that is, it should only be a part of your place if it serves a function.
Could be a sofa, a coffee table, whatever, but choose a piece that reflects who you are and work around that.
Move on to your upholstered items, antiqued leather would make for a masculine space. These are your statement pieces. In the same way that you dress yourself, the way youdress your room should express your personality.
Don’t furnish to fill a space, furnish according to function.
They bounce light and open up a space, and are the best way to make a room look bigger.
Introduce windows and glass to open a space up.
If you can hang pendants they can demarcate a space in the same way a wall would, without shutting it off.
Sure, show off your toys – but don’t get trapped putting everything into your space. Your gear can stay in the garage.
Don’t be disheartened if you don’t nail it first time ’round. DIY is about problem solving and perseverance. The trick is to keep trying. Don’t stop because you’ve failed the first time.
They also denote space well. Always go for something real as opposed to synthetic. Wool, shag, stuff that feels good underfoot – or on her bare back.
Both your interests and your personality Which reminds us of that quote: “If you go home with someone and they don’t have any books, don’t sleep with them.”
Plants are living, breathing elements that make you take responsibility for your living area and bring life to your space.
Posi-Drive, regular and Phillips screwdrivers, claw hammer, spirit level, Stanley knife, tape measure and a good carpenter’s pencil.
“Measure with a micro-metre, mark with chalk, cut with an axe.”
lay the length towards the light. This opens up the space.
The Chinese will have a family of four living in a studio apartment. They use sliding partitions to, say, transform a kitchen into study. They’re really smart at making their spaces work so much harder.
Use skirting to hide cabling. Run conduit in the wall. It’ll look more organised and clean.