Decorating your home shouldn’t be hard or daunting, it should be something that’s enjoyable and creative; so why do so many of us shy away from interior design and opt for the easy way out with furniture and decor choices commonly seen in every other home?

Many think it takes a lot of time and money to create a home which is fit to be featured in a magazine, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to look like a set design from ‘Mad Men’.

The trick is understanding your personal style, your and your family needs and of course considering what will fit your home’s personality best.

For example, a beautiful old cottage built 100 years ago isn’t going to show its beauty if it is pilled full of modern furniture with little personality, similarly, a newly built city apartment might look out of place being decorated with cottage style interiors.

Of course, a house isn’t a home without some personal touches dotted around, personal touches which make your home unique. Whether these may be framed or canvas pictures from your wedding, your child’s first birthday party or a family holiday, you can create beautiful collages which will give your home soul and personality.

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Don’t fall into the trap of a beige colour scheme, add colour here and there to brighten up your home and give life and interest to your interiors. Even if you are going for a very neutral or modern look, with white or grey walls, it is still a great idea to add colour. Put a striking rug down, add bright cushions and accessories, this will stop your home from looking too clinical and make it feel much more comfortable.

Some people find it tough to get their interior looking as they imagine because of the sheer amount of things they own, first thing’s first, de-clutter! We can all say we’re guilty of keeping things for years without them having much more purpose other than gathering dust. Take them to a charity shop; someone is sure to find use for the things you no longer have use for.

Once you’re left with just the stuff you need or want, it’s time to find a place for each and every one of them. It is good to display personal items like trophies, pictures and treasured books, other things like DVDs and magazines can be stored away in a stylish looking sideboard. You can find many cabinets with a designated space for things like CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays, so whenever you want to get something out, it is easy to find again.

One final piece of advice would be not to mix interior styles, it might seem tempting as you might like bits and pieces from different styles, but this will only make your home look cluttered and inconsistent.

Remember, decorating your home doesn’t have to be a chore, get a clear idea of what you want and stick to it!