A few Do's and Don't for the New Year from Chameleon Designs

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A few Do's and Don't for the New Year from Chameleon Designs
Master bedroom with tonal colours and fitted curtains from recent Norfolk client.
Master bedroom with tonal colours and fitted curtains

A few Dos and Don’ts for the New Year from Chameleon Designs

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from us at Chameleon Designs here in Norfolk.

A few tips for reorganising your home for the New Year from us.


Make sure new curtains reach the floor. When curtains only go the windowsill, it makes your room and walls look shorter. To give the best effect they should always touch the floor. For a richer, fuller effect let them bunch on the floor but by no more than one inch. If you have a window where a longer curtain would not be suitable, use a roman blind or a valance to add softness or wooden shutters to add character.

Test paint colours. Colours react differently to both quality and quantity of natural light and will change according to which way your room is facing. Paint tests on sheets of white paper (we use a roll of lining paper) leaving about an inch of white around the edges. Stick them to walls in your room with BluTac and leave them a few days. See how the colour changes in different light throughout the day and under artificial light.

Rugs. A rug should be large enough that all the front legs of your furniture are able to sit on it. Measure out the size you need based on that measurement and always opt for a larger rug than a smaller one. If you already have a smaller rug, consider layering it on top of a larger less expensive natural fibre rug for a stylish finish.


Push all your furniture against the wall. Less common in larger rooms than in a smaller space, this is a mistake that’s easily avoided. Have some furniture not lined up with the walls, to create a more intimate atmosphere for conversation and create a look less like a doctor’s waiting room. Consider having two smaller chairs and a small side table opposite a sofa.

Don’t hang artwork too high. The proper height for artwork is to have it at eye level and in a living room remember your eye level is lower when seated. Hang pictures about 6 inches above the back of the sofa for a cosy cohesive look. Also pay attention to the scale of the artwork – a larger wall will normally need a large scaled piece so it doesn’t look lost.

Don’t buy furniture that is not to scale with the room. A large armchair next to a small sofa, a tiny piece of artwork above a large sprawling corner sofa or a bedside table that is higher than the mattress may make the room look off. Make sure that the pieces you choose fit the room but also fit with the other pieces around it. This will create a cohesive effect for the space.

Now that you have addressed your room, considered your needs and created your inspiration make sure you take measurements of your space. There is no point eyeing up a large sectional sofa if it won’t fit through the front door. Create a drawing your room and the elements in a room will really begin to shape your new space.

An Interior Designer can help you with these choices and will look at the functionality as well as the flow of the space, they are trained to help you with these choices and help you deliver a room or rooms that work for you. W at Chameleon Designs Interiors can tailor our service to suit your needs and budget. Working in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge please get in touch if we can be of assistance. www.chameleondesignsinteriors.co.uk