• When you first move into a new property – do nothing! The more work you believe the house needs the longer you should do nothing. Wait for up to a year before you start to plan any major changes. You will find out, through the first few months living there, exactly how the space works for you and what you really need to do. If you rush into getting architects in and redesigning a space it will never be perfect for you and your family, waiting a while will ensure you get exactly what you need to make a fabulous home in the end.
  • If you must do something, then paint over any garish decoration with white or a light neutral before you commit to a new colour scheme. Leaving the walls white for a few months will mean you understand how the light works around the house, what time of day each room has its strongest light and which rooms don’t get much light at all. Colour is affected hugely by natural light and choosing colours without understanding the natural light in a space is always a mistake.
  • Put room schemes together slowly. Take inspiration from objects that you love, a piece of art, a much-loved family heirloom or a favourite armchair. Use your key pieces to create a theme for colour, style and furnishing of a room.
  • Keep one colour theme throughout the house to create a feel of space and calm. Rooms which each have a different colour base can make a house feel chaotic. If you love blue, then choose a blue you love for your main living space and then take the tone of it up and down throughout the house. Add accessories that blend in different colours to bring energy to your scheme.