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2. Oil stainsRemove the excess grease with blotting paper first or simply wipe up with a piece of cloth. Once you’ve gotten off most of the top layer, pour a little rubbing alcohol (or surgical spirit) on the spot. Blot with a clean cloth after a few minutes. You may need to repeat the procedure a couple of times if the stain is deep-set.Tip: Put a heavy item on the cloth so it presses down well into the stain for better absorption.
Rules to break no 3: You shouldn’t go overboard with just one paint shadeWell maybe you’re allowed to do that with white. But we’re often told to ‘layer’ a monochrome palette in slightly varying shades of the same hue to stop it feeling too ‘flat’ and samey. This lovely living room, however, flies in the face of that standard advice and just goes for it with a wonderful sky blue splashed generously across the walls and even the sofa.
2. Gallery gloryA gallery wall is as aesthetically pleasing as it is easy to execute. Blow the dust off old frames you may have lying around (it doesn’t matter if they’re of different colours) and organise them into a cohesive display. Then, if you prefer to give your borders a uniform colour, spray paint your frames in a single palette. Insert them with art prints (these are available free of cost on several websites) that speak to you, to give your wall a few pieces of your personality.This powder-blue wall shows us how it’s done, with white-framed pictures arranged in rows of four. The display offers a minimalist appeal, thanks to the unfussy images and muted frames.Tip: You could consider sanding the edges of your photo frames with a sturdy nail file or sandpaper before spray-painting them. This will help the paint bind better and give it staying power.
4. Firm: P&D AssociatesBharuchShades of sky-blue and turquoise unite with grey and white to create a soothing colour scheme. The dash of neutral brown in the furniture balances the blue hues while the lavender carpet shows how to colour-block effortlessly. The golden strips along the walls add to the splendour.
5. The layering of blue (furniture and walls) gives the room a cool, icy effect. But the room is anything but cold: the neat grid of framed art is a warm block of character; the golden double chair rail extending from the adjoining wall to behind the sofa further warms the space.
1. Area rugs and carpetsAn obvious solution – laying down area rugs or large carpets – is the easiest, quickest and least expensive option. ProsThe right carpet or rug can uplift your room decor as well as visually separate different zones.By placing carpets and furniture strategically, you can cover almost the entire flooring of the room.Of course, this is a temporary solution but a good one in case you live in a rented apartment.Here are a few tips choosing the right carpet for your home