If you’re trying to make the best of a small room, then you need some clever insiders’ tips on the kind of colours that will grow rather than shrink your space. And here they are:

Don’t use dark colours

Dark colours make a room seem smaller. The lighter the shade you use the more open your space will appear. Use darker colours as accent colours only.

Do go for stripes

Stripes can work well in a small space because they can be used to create the illusion of height or length.

Do go for monochrome

Consider going monochromatic. Paint your walls and trim the same colour. Choose the same colour or one shade lighter for your ceiling. Use texture or varying shades of the same colour to add contrast and depth to your space.

DO Focus on our feature wall

Try painting one wall in a colour then stick with neutrals elsewhere. Choosing one element that really stands out in a room will help your space feel alive

without feeling cramped.

Don’t go wild with patterns

When using patterns in a small spaceit is best to stick with the ration of 2:1 two small-scaled patterns or textures with one bold pattern used sparingly – just to add interest and ‘pop’.


ID for kids

When it comes to interior design for the kids’ room – always bear in mind that this should be a place where they can grow and learn – so decorate in colours that will stimulate the mind, and create a safe and comfortable spot for your child to play. Some popular kids’ bedroom ideas include putting up educational posters, such as colourful maps or letters of the alphabet, which will brighten up the space and help your little one to develop their skills. Alternatively, invest in a white-board or ‘washable’ wallpaper where your child can display their artistic flair. You will also find that you need more space than you might imagine to store toys, clothes and belongings, so opt for practical storage systems and make the functionality of the children’s bedroom furniture a priority. As to the curtains, they should block out the light so as to ensure your children get the best possible night’s sleep.

 A spring clean for your dishwasher

A neglected dishwasher is a dangerous dishwasher. Not only can it provide a safe haven for dangerous bacteria, but it can also grow fungus. Not a pleasant thought. Keeping the machine clean may also save you from expensive repairs down the line. How to do it: First, remove the bottom rack and clean out any gunk or large food particles using a sponge. Next remove the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher and clean it in the sink. Now take a rag or sponge that has been soaked in distilled white vinegar and wipe the door gasket or rubber seal. Next, fill a container with a cup or two of vinegar and place it in the top rack. With the rest of the dishwasher empty, run a cycle. The vinegar will naturally remove odors and help dissolve old detergent and mineral deposits that have built up. It will also clear away any grease that could lead to clogs in your plumbing. Once the cycle is complete, you can absorb additional food particles by adding a cup of baking soda, which is slightly abrasive, to the bottom rack and running a short cycle. Once the cycle is complete, the interior of the dishwasher should be completely clean and odour free.

Article by Jane Barsby