As we enter a New Year we start to think about what we would like to achieve in 2016!

One of the first things we notice when taking our Christmas decorations down is how bare things look; why not take this opportunity to transform your living space by giving it a new lease of life!

A new look can be created without it costing the earth; replace old accessories with feature pieces and add a new modern colour to give it a new feel.  If done well this can look like you have had a complete refurbish.....You could even spread the cost over upto two years, interest free.

Our interior design experts are available to help bring your vision creatively to life, or have a go yourself by considering the following:

Add a rug to those tired carpets or wooden floors; the bigger the area rug, the bigger the room will feel.  A neutral palette, mirrors behind the sofa and a giant rug work together to make a small room appear bigger.

Add new cushions and throws to existing sofas and chairs, or why not treat yourself to your own bespoke sofa that is completely unique to your home, visit Custom & Co on our website. 

Turn unused space into a functional reading nook by simply adding a chair; Custom & Co will help you achieve that totally unique piece.

To your windows add a blind that will complement existing curtains, or curtains that will complement an existing blind, or pick out the new colour in the room and add another curtain onto the rail to give the illusion of a panel.  Don't be afraid to put curtains/blinds around a breathtaking view; just avoid bright colours and frame the view with neutral curtains so the eye is drawn toward the window.

Give the room a fresh look by painting the room in one of the many gorgeous Farrow and Ball paints, whites, greys and creams are popular at the moment; or why not create a feature wall with a wallpaper that really makes a statement.  Redoing only one wall is perfect for a budget makeover!


Finishing touches, we think, are like the icing on a cake.  Choose prominent pieces that reflect your personality and give the room the traditional, modern, contemporary or rustic look you are aiming to achieve.  Rather than jamming shelves full of nick nacks, opt for a minimalist look.  Less is often more; add objects of various height and colour; several books stood upright along with tall vases that fill the space without overcrowding it, or an interesting lamp always look great.


Every room needs a focal point; artwork on the walls is a great way to achieve this. Try to reflect your personality by choosing your pieces carefully and make a real statement on those plain painted walls.  The trio of panelled art is eye catching and usually larger than one picture; the key is to hang the panels so that they appear as one oversized piece for the greatest effect.