Lesley Taylor

Western Mail

August, 2013

We are renovating our bathroom and have opted for a traditional suite. Do you have any tips on how to keep the décor in keeping, without looking dated?

The chances are your traditional bathroom will have far more longevity than a modern design. Whereas contemporary trends seem to come and go, a traditional suite in a period home will never go out of fashion; it will always remain a ‘timeless classic’. In order to save your bathroom from looking outdated, I would suggest that you keep the décor fairly simple with a lick of paint and incorporate a few decorative pieces along the way, perhaps a statement mirror or fancy pendant light or chandelier? You will need to pay attention to detail and think about things such as your heating. Don’t just opt for a standard ladder rail towel warmer, opt for a beautifully crafted traditional design that will really bring the scheme together and act as a focal point in your bathroom.

Try to enhance the original features of your period property if they are still in place. If not, try to replicate them. For example, if it is a Victorian home, think about high skirting, a dado rail and a detailed architrave.

 

We are about to put our home on the market and wondered if you had any advice on how we can make it look more sellable in a short space of time?

Before you put your house up for sale, it is always worth considering what small changes you could make for a low cost, which would make your home more appealing. First impressions count, so make sure your front garden looks well maintained and that you have a tidy front door.

On the inside, one of your first things should be to de-clutter. Don’t just shove everything in a cupboard before your viewers come round- the chances are they will look in here too. Give everything a deep clean and pay particular attention to the bathroom making sure that grout lines are free of any soap scum or mould. Replace any light bulbs that aren’t working and fix any dripping taps.

I would suggest that a neutral décor is more appropriate for a house on the market as it allows potential buyers to see it as a blank canvas that they can easily put their own stamp on. However, at the same time, they don’t want to walk into an empty box that looks unloved, so think about injecting colour and life with accessories and soft furnishings as these are temporary features that will be removed when you leave.

Our living room is a little on the small side. We both love to read and watch films, but we are running out of space to store our books and DVD’s! How can we make the most of the space and are there any smart storage solutions out there?

When a room is on the small side it can be difficult to find ways of making the most of the space available, without it feeling cramped and cluttered. When floor space is limited, think about how you can use the walls to your advantage. I for one think that displaying books can make a really beautiful focal point in a room- all different textures, sizes and thicknesses. It can give a room a really warm, welcoming feel. Opt for decorative shelving that complements the décor in place and looks as though you have really thought about it is a feature piece, rather than just a desperate measure for extra storage space!

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Interior Designer and member of the BIID Lesley Taylor is the Design Director of Taylor’s Etc based in Cardiff, 02920 358 400, www.taylorsetc.co.uk