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Want to know one of the decorating problems many of my clients face? Too much oak – they’ve chosen oak flooring, oak kitchens, oak doors and skirting, you see where I’m coming from? And it’s just too much they are sickened by it and want a solution.
Here are a couple of solutions tried and tested.
Problem: Oak flooring, doors, architraves, skirting, staircase and furniture
Solution: Use a large floor area rug, and I mean large. You are going to place all the furniture on to this rug so it needs to be as large as possible (a good rule of thumb is to have an 8″ border around skirting boards). This can be in a colour of your choice (choose something you love and won’t tire of) textured or patterned.
Problem: Oak kitchen. If a new kitchen is not on the agenda and still caters for all your needs, just looks a bit dated then why not paint it. I would recommend a professional to do this and I can help you with colours and recommending an excellent decorator.
Solution: Paint your kitchen cupboards. You can have a brand new updated kitchen. Choose tonal shades, or highlight a trim. If you really want to push the boat out, change the door handles and worktops.
Problem: Oak everything. Flooring, occasional furniture, skirting and doors. You aren’t alone, this is a problem most clients have. They choose oak furniture to go with everything else i.e the floors, skirting and doors are all oak so it seems logical to match the furniture too. The result is oak overload.
Solution: Wood is a natural product so try mixing other woods with it, walnut sits beautifully with it or how about trying some of the gorgeous metals around at the moment in burnished brass or an antique mirror finish. Alternatively if they cost too much and you just can’t justify changing them, add some statement lighting to steal the show!
So now you know how to tackle a few problems, it’s time to put it all into action. Happy decorating!
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