Urban Life Tips

Amazingly Simple Decorating Ideas

Decorating tips don’t get much easier than this. Let’s face it, decorating your home can be an overwhelming business as the options are literally endless. But that’s what also makes it so much fun. Whether you’re looking for instant DIY home ideas to do right now or decorating tips to put your stamp on a living room or bedroom, here are some super simple decorating tips to help you create a home you’ll love.

Make Sure You Can Appreciate Your Art

‘Hang art at eye level. People generally hang it too high.’ Suzy Hoodless. This modern green dining room is decorated with a neat line of four ‘Louis Parterre’ prints from Natural Curiosities.

Chevron Flooring

‘Go for chevron oak flooring. It’s a classic and modern combination I love.’ Suzy Hoodless. This west-London town house was decorated using mid-century pieces and a dark colour palette with the occasional splash of brightness.

Hit your local auction

‘Save on modern furniture and spend more at your local auction. Beautiful antique furniture has never been so inexpensive.’ Ben Pentreath. A 17th-century oak cupboard and 19th-century American maple chairs feature in this dining room, which is brightened up by a pendant light from Pinch. Taken from the February 2016 issue of House & Garden.


On the second floor of a large Italianate block of gentlemen’s chambers on Jermyn Street, this flat offers all the advantages of living in the heart of London with few of the drawbacks. It is painted entirely white throughout – in the study nook-like shelves display colourful collections of glass balls.

Hang a Tapestry

A beautiful tapestry hung on a wall or ceiling can look great and is brilliant value from an ‘art’ point of view. Tapestries are good for improving acoustics and I particularly like using them behind beds.’ Maria Speake of Retrouvius A tapestry at the Château de Sully in Magenta.

Frame a Space with Sofas

Set across the top floors of four Victorian houses, this flat’s interior was remodelled to create an open-plan living area that blends into the terrace. ‘I was fed up of moving from room to room and wanted a more relaxed way of living’, says the owner. The saffron yellow walls are illuminated by a large skylight. The rug is by Sinclair Till.

Don’t Neglect Your Bathroom

‘Your bathroom should be an extension of the rest of your house. Use antique furniture, curtains, wallpaper and art to achieve this.’ Emma Burns’ country bathroom is decorated with an overmantle mirror and vintage prints.


Don’t have what you need to hand? Before you purchase – improvise. Be inspired by Vincent Frey, deputy manager of Pierre Frey, who created this coffee table from stacks of magazines and a sheet of glass. ‘It’s our first apartment; we didn’t want it to look too perfect, like a hotel,’ he explains. Taken from the March 2012 issue of House & Garden.

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