4 LOOKS OR LESS; Give a room a makeover on a tight budget.
By ZENA ALLI YOU don't have to blow the budget if you want to revamp a room.
Homes expert Alison Cork (left) says that with a little homework you can often unearth the same products for far less. She says: "You don't have to compromise on quality - it's all about tracking down the right retailer and knowing where to splash the cash and when to tighten the purse strings."
Here she shares her secrets on how she created four stylish rooms for the Ideal Home Show and made massive savings.
We estimate that each room's cost is reduced by about 40 per cent.
The 104th Ideal Home Show is, running at Earls Court in London until April 1. To book visit www.idealhomeshow.co.uk or call 0844 858 6763.
German handle-free kitchen units in polar white gloss and white quartz worktop, pounds 7,800 (www.kdcuk.co.uk, 01992 620 777). Receive 25 per cent off by quoting IHS25 before April 29, 2012.
Bergman round dining table in chalk white, pounds 199 - high street price pounds 549 (www.made.com). Save pounds 15 when you spend pounds 100 by quoting MADEFORIHS before April 2, 2012. Valder Oak dining chairs, pounds 129 for a set of two, high street price pounds 325 (www.made.com). Save pounds 15 when spending pounds 100 by quoting MADEFORIHS before April 2, 2012.
Spacia white maple flooring, from pounds 37.50 per m2 (www.amtico.com, 08703 50 40 90).
Toughened glass splashback in lime green, pounds 240 per sq m, normally pounds 300 (www.uksplashbacks.com, 0800 232 1149). Receive 20 per cent off fully fitted splashbacks by quoting "Ideal home offer" before May 1, 2012. Rocha John Rocha pack of two napkins pounds 7, Rocha John Rocha 16-piece cutlery set, pounds 70 (www.debenhams.com, 0844 800 8877). Kitchen Clock, pounds 16; three-pack tea towels pounds 3.50 (www.matalan.co.uk, 0845 330 3330) Bone china white side plates pounds 2 each, bone china white salad bowls pounds 5 each, Wilko Dining green wine glass pounds 2.50 each, white dinner plate 60p each (www.wilkinsonplus.com, 0845 608 0807).
Nordic kitchen It is possible to spend silly money on a kitchen, but you don't have to. Visit high street showrooms to get a feel for your likes and dislikes, then shop around for what you're actually going to buy. Without the overheads of maintaining a showroom, you may find the same kitchen being sold online or on a trading estate for much less.
Regence rattan bed in muted silver, pounds 840.65 (RRP pounds 989) (www.thefrenchfurniturecompany.co.uk, 08450 547 528). Quote "Hannah" before April 16, 2012 for deal.
Classic Elegance pearlised mirror, pounds 12.99 (www.dunelm-mill.com, 0845 165 6565). Turquoise velvet tub chair pounds 385, The Velvet Chair Company (www.oliverbonas.com, 020 8974 0110).
Kelly mirrored dressing table pounds 195 (RRP pounds 275), mirrored bedside tables pounds 125 (RRP pounds 175), mirrored stool pounds 99 (RRP pounds 125) (www.outthereinteriors.com, 020 8099 7443). Enter IHS312 at checkout before April 15, 2012 for deal.
Lilac button stitch cushion pounds 6 (www.matalan.
co.uk, 0845 330 3330). 400 thread count 100 per cent cotton bed linen. Sets start from pounds 97.75 - single to super-king (www.thebestbedlinenintheworld.com, 01442 842 885). Get 15 per cent off when quoting IDHS15 before April 16, 2012.
Turquoise velvet ottoman - The Velvet Chair Company pounds 365 (www.oliverbonas.com, 020 8974 0110). Amethyst Westend velvet carpet, from pounds 39.99/sqm (www.westexcarpets.co.uk, 01274 861334). Ara hand wall mirrors pounds 24.50/ pair (www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk, 01444 253375). White wooden wall mirror pounds 7, Rose Heart curved mirror pounds 12 (www.matalan.co.uk, 0845 330 3330).
Palm Springs Boudoir The bed is usually the focal point of any bedroom. We splashed out on this glamorous bed, but you could save cash by spray painting an old or cheaper one. Other furniture is equally stylish but still affordable. I don't ignore the high street when I'm styling - the secret is to choose carefully and not to clutter a room.
S06 bath pounds 1,512 (RRP pounds 1,680). Bobo Porcel thin wall tiles, show price from pounds 129.60sqm, (RRP from pounds 144sqm), Tosca floor tiles pounds 48.60sqm (RRP pounds 54sqm) (www.feet-international.co.uk, 020 7394 9468) quote FEET1 before April 17, 2012 for deal.
Supima cotton 660gsm towels, from pounds 1.05 (RRP pounds 1.32) for a face cloth to pounds 16.27 (RRP pounds 20.34) for a bath sheet (www.kingofcotton.co.uk, 020 8332 7999) quote IH2012 before April 16, 2012 for deal.
900 Aquafloe Elite quadrant enclosure sale price pounds 349.95 (RRP pounds 933), Aspen 600 wall-mounted walnut cabinet sale price pounds 99.95 (RRP pounds 124.95), Banff Wenge mirror, sale price pounds 50.95 (RRP pounds 66), Ecobar Rotondo riser pack, sale price pounds 134.95 (RRP pounds 293), Slimline 900 x 900 quadrant shower tray, sale price pounds 81.95 (RRP pounds 210), Loop extended basin mixer tap, sale price pounds 79.95 (RRP pounds 109.95), Shell countertop basin sale price pounds 59.95 (RRP pounds 79.95), Aspen 600 wall-mounted walnut cabinet, sale price pounds 99.95 (RRP pounds 1 24.95) (www.betterbathrooms.com, 0844 484 7678). Get 10 per cent off sale prices when quoting BB10IHS before April 22, 2012.
Bamboo-effect bath tray, pounds 12.50 (www.wilkinsonplus.com, 0845 608 0807) Mr Beams light pounds 25.46 for three (RRP pounds 29.95) (www.dmeonline.co.uk, 01452 618850) quote MRBEAMSIDEAL by April 19, 2012 for deal.
Japanese Bathroom The bathroom is one room where you should not skimp on quality. And, because they should last for 10 years or so, choose timeless classics. My tip is to use large tiles - you'll cut the cost of installation and they make a small room look bigger. Scour the high street then go online.
Kipling three-seater sofa in plain chenille. Show price pounds 432, sale price pounds 480 (RRP pounds 640). Quote IDH0312 before April 30, 2012 (www.sofasofa.co.uk, 01495 244 226). Emerson wooden easy fit light, pounds 36 (www.bhs.co.uk, 0845 196 0000).
Rustic set of scots pine & spruce decorative logs, from pounds 38.36 a box (RRP from pounds 47.95 per box) (www.thelittlelogcompany.com, 01743 453 490). For 20 per cent off whole range quote IDEAL2012 before May 1, 2012.
Flat winged chair pounds 495 (RRP pounds 995). Add pounds 55 for Scroll Wing option (www.english-sofas.co.uk, 0800 977 6340). Quote IDHS10 before April 17, 2012 Alison at Home chocolate brown cashmere throw (150cm by 180cm) pounds 170 (RRP pounds 350) (0800 011 4793). Quote Cashmere Blanket Offer while stocks last. Clear acrylic coffee table, pounds 98.61 (www.plasticonline.co.uk, 01482 333 800).
Vintage limed red deer single antler (on mantelpiece) pounds 18.70 (RRP pounds 22) (www.hornybeasts.co.uk, 07779 661474). Quote aah01 before May 31, 2012, for deal. Devonshire fire surround from pounds 1,140 (www.chesneys.co.uk, 020 7627 1410) Deer damask wallpaper in Duck Egg Blue/ Antique Gold 10-metre roll, pounds 78.00 (www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk, 01444 253375). Blocks rug, pounds 29.99 (www.dunelm-mill.com, 0845 165 6565).
For more offers see www.homesandbargains.co.uk Modern Living room One of my rules is not to mix too many materials in one room. For a modern country feel I started with a neutral, soft chenille sofa. The leather armchair and footstool are classics. And for rustic appeal I added wooden side tables and logs.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 25, 2012|
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