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    Answered by Home, Jan 24, 2014

    Q:Can you give me an idea what colour I can paint my kitchen walls?

    My cupboards are white and the floor has white tiles with pink in them. I can't afford to change them the worktops have got blue, black and white through them. Read more

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    Answered by Home, Jan 24, 2014

    Q:How to fill out white wall space

    We have one large white wall in our kitchen/diner (18ft long) with nothing leaning against it and want to fill it with art or photography that is personal to us for a reasonable cost. We have a 1 year ... Read more

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    Answered by Home, Jan 9, 2014

    Q:Looking for discontinued wallpaper

    My husband and I have fallen in love with the deer, butterfly and bird wallpaper featured on the, "Home" site. We can't find it anywhere and only need one roll. We're after the version with the light ... Read more

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    Answered by Home, Jan 9, 2014

    Q:How do I create concrete-effect walls?

    I am impressed with walls made of concrete. I would like to ask what is the cheapest way to make such walls. Would that be a wallpaper or rather a real concrete? I would like the cracks to be visible. Read more

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    Answered by Gordon Whistance, Oct 3, 2013

    Q:How can I decorate along thin corridor?

    I have a long thin corridor which has a window at one end but is still quite dark. How can we decorate and accessories this hallway to stop it looking like a tunnel? Our property is a 1980's bungalow ... Read more

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    Answered by Gordon Whistance, Aug 6, 2013

    Q:How can I complement a burgundy leather sofa?


    I have a burgundy leather suite and the room doesn't have too much light what colour scheme should I go for? I will be painting the walls and buying new curtains and carpet. Read more

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    Answered by Gordon Whistance, Apr 12, 2013

    Q:Shall I create a feature wall?

    I have just purchased a new fireplace, which is positioned on the longest wall in my living room. I’m wondering whether to make the fireplace the main feature - or to wallpaper one of the longer walls ... Read more

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    Answered by Gordon Whistance, Apr 12, 2013

    Q:What colour shall I paint my kitchen?

    I have just moved into a new house and I have no clue what to do with the kitchen! It has black gloss cabinets and oak work tops along with oak flooring which is the same colour as the work tops. We'v ... Read more

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    Answered by Gordon Whistance, Apr 12, 2013

    Q:What colour shall I paint my chimney breast?

    I have a chimney breast in my living room which has alcoves and I want to paint it a different colour than the rest of the room. Do I paint it a darker colour or lighter colour to make the room bigger ... Read more

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    Answered by Gordon Whistance, Apr 12, 2013

    Q:How can I paint the Milky Way and a constellation of stars with special luminous paints on the ceiling?

    In one of Nick Knowles DIY programmes, he and his team painted the star constellation on the ceiling of one of the rooms, using special luminous paint. Such that when it gets dark, the "whole constell ... Read more