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16 secrets to a perfect home

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Before we get started here, don't forget that one man's perfect is another man's nightmare, so perfection is relative, but we think we've found some handy tips that will have your home as close to perfect as possible, whatever your preferred style of design is. Of course we all want a perfect home, but reaching that standard is a hard slog and that's why so many of us hire amazing interior designers to do all the hard work for us, but when that's not an option, we know that these tips will get your home to where you want it to be! From delicious dining rooms through to heavenly hallways, we have some great tips for you today, so read on and see if you can perfect your home, yourself!

1. Don't be scared about combining colors and styles, this often has GREAT results and looks brave and deliberate!

2. A round dining table makes a great alternative to more traditional shapes and opens up lots of space that you can use for storage.

3. Always include lots of textures in your home. Carpets are an easy way to get started, but rugs, throws and cushions are great too!

4. Add new features to existing rooms to up the functionality a little. How about a chair in your bedroom, for some quiet contemplation?

Here is another ideabook that we know you will love! 30 things you should't have in your home if you are over 30.

5. Try to keep a little bit of your home's heritage in mind when you decorate; it'll naturally work and you're decor will have some real authority to it.

6. Embrace collecting things that will fit with your home, style and beliefs! Your home needs character and you need to express yourself, so it's a win-win!

7. Combine unlikely materials for amazing effects. Just look at this marble and wicker combo in a bathroom! They shouldn't work, but they look incredible!

8. Don't forget to add plenty of plants to your home, for a far more natural connection to the outside world. The more, the better!

9. Don't feel like you have to go small with your embellishments to be elegant! Big is beautiful too and loses no amount of sophistication.

Another ideabook for your liking: 15 walk in wardrobes that will make you fall in love.

10. Integrate your spaces for a natural and easy flow of natural light. This example is perfect, with the sunlight dancing through every area.

11. Have a dining space that adds a lot of color and fun to your home. Eating should always be an enjoyable social activity!

12. Use neutral shades as your main bases, then accessorize and build up from there. Walls and large furniture should all be neutral.

13. Use every nook and cranny in your home to good effect! Even a dead corner can become a home office if you build a bespoke desk.

14. Got an artistic side? Then let it out to play on a big scale! Your art can be huge and expressive and we always think it makes a big statement in a hallway!

15. Account for all your unique storage needs and look for funky storage furniture that not many other people will have! You could always up-cycle too!

16. Don't overlook how important your front door is, in terms of welcoming people into your home! It's the first impression your home makes and ties your hallway together, inside!

For more home perfecting tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Planning the perfect home.

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