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Twenty ways to decorate


Everyone wants to live in a home that feels both comfortable and welcoming, so develop your own style.

Develop your own style - twenty ideas to decorate your home cost-effectively

With a little inspiration and some innovative ideas, Anya Brighouse shows how you can develop your own style.

1. Moving furniture
Buy furniture that is multi-functional then move them to create a 'fresh new look'.

2. Winter/Summer
Move things depending on the season. We should move the room around to take advantage of the sunshine and when it gets colder get the rugs out and make things snug.

3. Feathers
Use feathers in many ways, around twisted willow, as a mobile, nothing beats peacock feathers for simple beauty.

4. Shells
Shells are a naturally beautiful part of our surroundings and are timeless. Use indoors or in the garden.

5. Whanau wall
Display photos of your family and friends on hall walls. See how the children grow over time.

6. Flowers and plants
How wonderful to cut something from our own garden or buy cut flowers - and immediately lift a room even if there is no scent. Try hydrangia or magnolia leaves - they last for ages. Olive, Buxus, feijoa leaves all look good in a terracotta pot, more cost efficient than buying them.

7. Fruit
Lemons and limes stacked in a lovely bowl... as are apples and pears, especially red pears, look so fab in a big bowl.

8. Cushions
Cushions are a cheap and cheerful way of changing, adding to a room and using the same inners keeps the costs down... Look around for bargains and make some covers yourself.

9. Collections
Try putting plates on the wall, blue and white ones are coming back into fashion now. Use your beautiful glass vases in the middle of table filled with wildflowers.

10. Candles
By candles - I mean lighting really in all its many incarnations. Softer lighting can bring a wonderful change in mood.

11. Repetition
I say this as a way of introducing bottles. Water bottles like Antipodes with a single flower such as a protea in it.

12. Letters
These come in all shapes and sizes, or paint them straight on the wall. They are perfect when you want to inject a bit of colour and fun into a neutral room.

13. Paint
There really isn't anything like a coat of paint for transformations. Old pieces of furniture get a new lease of life and there is something about doing something ourselves that is written into our Kiwi DNA. Painting walls in a room - or even one wall if the budget is tight.

14. Hand prints
Or footprints for that matter, are simple universal works or art in their own right.

15. Kids artwork
Try getting some of your children's art work framed. Mix it with your own artworks.

16. Internet
A fabulous website that converts your photos into a large piece of art work rasterbator.net

17. Bunting
Suddenly quite fashionable, it is easy to make and can be used for all occasions.

18. Fabric pictures
Photocopy some fabric you love and frame or stretch over a canvas.

19. Umbrellas
Chinese silk umbrellas, Chinese lanterns - use as a lampshade, or string them up outside, to brighten BBQs.

20. Read and collect
Get inspired, homes should never really be finished - get creating.

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