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The Do’s and Dont’s of Decorating

Posted by Sarah Harrington on

We know how stressful decorating can be so here we have put together a Do’s and Dont’s list to try and help make things easier for you.

A good idea is to use this list as a sort of “Pre-decorating check list” Get organised and get ready before starting to do any decorating.


  • Do make any structural changes or re wiring before you start any of the decorating.

  • Do be aware that the colour you choose to use in one room will affect others around it.

  • Do create a budget.

  • Do test out samples of wall papers and colours before making the final decision, stick them up on your walls or paint patches. This way you can get a real feel for the colours and patterns before committing to anything.

  • Do try out test paint pots on different areas in the room so you can see them in carrying light.

  • Do add texture and pattern to the room, this makes the room interesting.

  • Do select a signature colour.

  • Do use decent quality brushes.


  • Don’t make guesses - Measure, compare and consider before you buy anything.

  • Don’t mix and match colours before testing them together first (Always buy sample pots first)

  • Don’t rush or hurry, take your time and it will be worth it.

  • Don’t be impractical.

  • Don’t ignore details.

  • Don’t feel like you have to buy everything at once.

  • Don’t use more than 3 colours in your colour scheme.

  • Don’t forget to heck how your colours sit on the colour wheel.

Print out this list and a colour wheel, keep a copy of it with you when out shopping or planning to buy – It will come in handy I promise!

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