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If you’re thinking of redecorating your home, don’t get sucked in by trends – take time to choose what best suits you and your space, as interior designer Rebecca Poynton explains


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Don’t rush your rooms!


HE WORLD OF fashion and interior design have many things in common – not least the fact that every year they bombard us with new trends and absolute ‘must-haves’, that leave us wondering how we ever lived without them


in the first place. Of course, one of the main differences between fashion and interiors is impulse buying – it’s a lot harder to fit a sofa in the car than a new pair of heels. Decorating for the home is a long-term investment for the future and not just the night ahead. And just like fashion, it can be a very personal thing – pink faux- fur cushions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. With people still unsure about what’s


happening in the property market, many are opting to stay put for the time being. As a result, some are choosing to freshen up their homes, redecorating living rooms, installing new bathrooms and kitchens and bringing new life to bedrooms. But just how do you get it right? I believe it’s good to have professional


guidance. By working with a designer you will not only avoid making expensive mistakes, but they can also help give you the confidence to create something that truly inspires you. Knowing where to start when decorating


a room is what many of my clients find the hardest part. “Do we change the sofa? The paint colour? The furniture? Or all of it?” are just a few questions I’m often asked. Here are some of my answers to those tricky questions.


Build it around you Don’t go for a design because you think it is ‘on trend’ – in truth, this year there are likely to be few daring trends as people opt for a look that is simple and lasting. A handy tip is to look at


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