Decorating Tips from the Professionals

22 Apr 2021  •  Last updated 26 Oct 2021  •  6 min read

April is the month of Decorating, so whether your property is on the market, you’re about to instruct an estate agent in Thetford or surrounding areas, or you’re renovating your home, we’ve got some fantastic tips from the professionals to help you reach your end goal.

A beautifully decorated home can be the difference between a sale at full asking price, and a property still on the market. A property let immediately and one still waiting for tenants, or simply a feel-good home and one that gives you shivers.

So, to help you reach decorating cloud nine, here’s some fantastic tips we’ve gathered from the professionals:

  • Kerb Appeal: before you’ve even thought about the inside of your house, remember the importance of the outside, especially when it comes to attracting buyers/tenants. Set the standard at your front door, with a safe, robust, yet welcoming door, with popular colours including red which is widely thought to be a lucky colour in many cultures.
  • Keep walls light/neutral: Whether you’re decorating your property to sell, attract tenants, or simply to brighten up your home, stick to light and neutral colours. This caters for greater flexibility when it comes to adding accessories.
  • There’s an expression in the world of professional decorators which is “let the sofas talk to chairs”, which means grouping your furniture to invite conversation. Intimacy, especially in a living-room area allows for a welcoming setting and can make the room appear bigger.
  • Embrace natural light: rooms can come alive with a little inclusion of sunshine, even more so than the humble electric light. Where there are windows, allow for sunshine, don’t block the natural light with heavy, outdated curtains. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for colours that won’t fade.
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall: Mirrors generate the illusion of a bigger and brighter room, so where you can, add the power of a mirror in every room. But remember, placement is crucial: never fix a mirror directly opposite a window as it will force the light to bounce straight back out of the room.
  • Get the size right: when it comes to hanging up art, make sure the size is in proportion to the wall and the room. There’s nothing worse than an overwhelming artistic piece flooding a small room and losing its impact.
  • Lighting to suite your mood: Lights can add to your mood. From necessary lighting to help you “achieve”, to ambient lighting to set the right mood, you’ll want to ensure your rooms are equipped for all.
  • Raise the ceiling: Not literally, of course, but there are many optical tricks which can help you create the illusion that your ceilings are taller than they are such as: painting low ceilings white to make them feel less claustrophobic. You can also hang curtains higher than the window, and to add the extra illusion of tall ceilings, find curtains with vertical stripes.

If your property is ready to go on the market, or let to tenants, make sure you speak to the experts at Lawsons Estate Agents today, call 01842 755 422 or email

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