Last night saw Steve and Chantelle finally win a room on The Block. They must have been listening to the judge’s tips. And so have we, so here are the five you need to know before you pick up that paintbrush.
I hate everything there is to do with homewares. I hate furniture shops. Lighting shops. Fancy tra-la-la furniture shops. I cannot stand wandering through a shop, trying to figure out if I should buy the light brown or dark brown sofa. I hate it when the store person starts talking about the grain of wood on the table. It is wood, store person. That is all.
The thing is styling doesn’t come naturally to me. Just like handstands.
So you would be very surprised to know that I am an absolute The Block addict (unless you read my previous post). Yes, I know strange, right? I hate homewares and designing and styling, but I love The Block. Because I secretly hope that by simply immersing myself in everything to do with The Block, I will become a stylist. And hey, why not? It worked for Steve and Chantelle, at the beginning of The Block they had no idea – and after complete immersion, they have finally won a room.
But for me, immersion hasn’t worked (yet). My husband and I are starting to prepare for renovations, and I now hate Saturday mornings because they involve design or style decisions.
But there is hope. There are 5 very simple things I have learned while watching The Block. And by doing them, it can make you look like you know what you are doing. Even if you are like me and have no clue.
So here they are:
1. Timeless over trendy
When I was younger we lived in this house. It was a nice house. Except for the fact that the bathrooms had poo-brown tiles and vomit-green baths. Yes, those are official colours. Apparently, at some point in history, they were trendy colours.
Now we know things will eventually date. But what you want to do, is create a room that is timeless for as long as possible. So think simple designs and neutral colours (vomit-green is not a neutral colour). The Twins won Kitchen Week, because their kitchen was timeless. It still had spark, but it would last. Longer than, for example, Steve and Chantelle’s that was more trendy than timeless.
2. Your house is not a showroom
This next tip is super easy and likely to come very naturally to you, especially if you have kids. The rooms in your house need to look lived in. It is what sets them apart from going into a showroom where things can seem nice but sterile. While a room in a house needs to look inviting. Especially if you're selling it.
How do you do this? Add greenery to a room. Either fresh flowers (they can even be el-chepo from the supermarket) or a pot plant that will last. And books are another lived in feature. While we don't necessarily need to read them, having books in a room (whether they are coffee table books in the lounge, recipe books in the kitchen, children's book in the kids room) make the room more interesting.