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PUBLISHED: 08:49 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:49 31 March 2014

Debbie Down in her shop Room with a View in Diss. Photograph Simon Parker

Debbie Down in her shop Room with a View in Diss. Photograph Simon Parker


You can do it!

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“Have you been tempted to wallpaper recently,” asks Debbie Down of Rooms with a View, the Diss-based interior design store. “Wallpaper is back in vogue, with imaginative new stylish designs from the traditional to the quirky.

“Wallpaper is an easy, versatile way of introducing a focal point into a room. A simple starting point could be to create a feature wall or alcove, such as either side of a chimney breast, or perhaps in an unused space under the stairs that would otherwise be unnoticed? Alternatively, why not wallpaper above tongue and groove panelling in a bathroom, linking the colour of the wallpaper with that of the panelling, thereby keeping a coordinated feel but with a feature above?

“A good general rule is that strong, dark colours or patterns bring surfaces forward while pale colours recede. A long thin room can feel wider by applying darker patterns to the short end walls. Lighter colours or patterns on long corridor walls will help to visually widen passageways, so make the most of the illusion by using powerful darker wallpapers on the end walls.

“In a bedroom, wallpapering behind the bedhead can create a focal point and a theme to a room, alternatively create a quirky look in a downstairs cloakroom or boot room with some of the new great retro-inspired designs from companies such as Linwood or the Art of Wallpaper. Bold geometric designs from Farrow and Ball perfectly complement their fabulous, chalky paint colours. In Georgian or Victorian homes, classic wallpaper designs from Colefax and Fowler or GP and J Baker can perfectly complement a traditional style. Rooms with a View in Diss has a large selection of wallpapers to complement our stocks of paints and fabrics.”

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Blinded by technology

If you love household gadgetry which is fabulously stylish and incredibly practical, why not consider installing motorised blinds? As well as looking good, they are great for security, hard to reach areas and for those with mobility problems.

Norwich Sunblinds has an excellent range of these latest hi-tech blinds, including roller, Venetian, pleated, Roman and vertical, which can be controlled at the touch of a button and even via your iPad. They can automatically adjust according to the room temperature and also be programmed to open and close at certain times of the day - perfect for when you are away from home.

Norwich Sunblinds, 8 St Benedicts St, Norwich NR2 4AG; 01603 615945; www.norwichsunblinds.co.uk

Dream kitchen

If you have always fancied fitting your own beautiful, hand-crafted bespoke kitchen but thought it was beyond your budget, think again.

Simply Kitchens at East Rudham specialises in creating dream kitchens at affordable prices, using local and UK suppliers where possible with a strong emphasis on high quality natural materials.

The team works a lot with oak and granite, and can create special features designed specifically for your needs which are not available off the shelf. Whether you want a modern contemporary space with sleek lines and the latest gadgets or classic, well-finished, wooden country kitchen complete with Aga, the designers will help.

Simply Kitchens, Millstone House, East Rudham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8RB; 01485 528111; www.simply-kitchens-norfolk.com

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